At the end of the day, have you ever wished you had more joy in your life? Whether you are at work, at home, out with friends, or enjoying a walk in the park, you can find ways to fill your day with happiness. If we choose to be dependent on our job, our family, and our friends to make us happy, we will be disappointed. Joyful living is a choice we have to make.
When you wake up in the morning, think about the many reasons you have to be grateful. Jot a few items down in a notebook, and add to it each day. Before you go to bed, reflect on your day and the things that brought you joy. Being grateful for the good things in your life helps you be cheerful.
Show Appreciation to Others
Many people contribute to your happiness. Return their kindness with a “thank you” for how they have impacted your life. You can invite a friend for lunch and say thanks in person, or send a nice hand-written card if they live a distance away. If you send a card, tell the recipient exactly why you are thankful. A card with only a signature is not sufficient. When you show appreciation to others, it results in joy.
What Do You Love?
Music, reading, running, cooking, and hiking are just some of the things people love. We each have special activities or hobbies that we enjoy, and it is important to allot time to do the things that please you. Doing what you love to do creates a joyful attitude.
Do You Love Your Job?
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” We all have good days and bad days at work, but keeping a positive outlook and disposition helps you, and those around you focused on solutions!
Choose Friends Wisely
Do your friends and family support you in the choices you make for your life? Choose to spend time with people who uphold and encourage you in the activities that bring you happiness.
What kind of friends have you chosen? Sometimes we have more acquaintances than true friends. Select friends you would enjoy as family members. True friends are supportive, encouraging, and bring you joy.
Giving of Yourself
There is a wonderful feeling of fulfillment when we give to others. On the job and in your personal life share the skills, talents, and knowledge you have gained. Find an organization needing volunteers and donate your time and talents. You will be rewarded through service to others!
Recognize the Good in You
Never focus on the things you find wrong at home or at work, but focus on your strengths and positives aspects of family, friends, and co-workers. Concentrating on the good in “you” provides the power to succeed in your endeavors.
Fear is an element of limitation, and we tend to create most of our own fears. Replace fear with the knowledge you have discovered. When fear is displaced with happiness, living becomes a joyful experience.
Once you have filled your life with joy, be sure to share it with others!