The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.Henry Ward Beecher
When was the last time you took a whole day and filled it with joy, laughter, and special moments? A simple intentional day set aside for happiness.
We plan a schedule and make goals for almost everything we do in life. Why do we ignore planning fun?
Do we take it for granted? Are we so busy that we let it slip through our fingers like grains of sand?
If you were to make a list and attach a value to everything in your life, what value would you give joy?
Think about this…when you think of events in your life, what comes to mind first? Is it something that makes you smile, something that was fun to do, and gave you joy?
It is hard to give a value to joy because it is priceless. There is a poem that I have referred to before which I love. I think it clearly states how important it is. https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/adjustingmytimeframecom.blog/47
Here are some ways of bringing joy into your life:
Having a meaningful connection with the people who are most important to you and making a memory that you can store in your heart forever. Priceless.
Be spontaneous. Do you remember when you were a child? Being spontaneous is a part of childhood; children are joyful. They react without any hesitation to beautiful things, unique and funny things. Their smiles and laughter roll from them.
We need to re-learn spontaneity. Practice it. Watch a child, and remember those feelings; then copy them. I feel it sometimes, and it usually happens when I am outside, or I spend time with my pets. I react to butterflies because they are fragile and beautiful; they bring me joy. When I walk the dog, and he takes off like a little madman with his ears flapping and a smile across his furry face, I run too, laughing as we go across the yard. Practice being spontaneous.
Think about things you have done in the past that made you happy. Who were you with, where were you, what were you doing? Write them down. Envision ways to add them into your life and start scheduling them like you would going to the store and buying groceries.
Make a list. What can you do in 5, 10 or 15 minutes, How about a half-hour or an hour?
I believe that joy comes in small things, like spending more quality time with the people you love or looking at butterflies. Simple things. Don’t push them away. Life is short. Add those little moments to each day.
Smile! Give someone the gift of your smile as often as you can. So easy and it can change someone’s day, as well as your own. Better yet, make someone giggle.
Start a journal and use it to store the joyful moments in your life. Write down the things you did that made you happy. Do it often and make it a habit. It is a great way to store memories that you can look at any time. Just like a photo album but it is in written form. When you leave this earth think of the joy and memories you will leave for your family; what a special gift.
Practice random acts of kindness. Someone at work, the next-door neighbor, a child who lives down the street, someone at a store. Pick some flowers, bake a plate of cookies, leave a hand-drawn smiley face on someone’s car windshield; there are so many small things. It’s fun to do something for someone, and it brings joy to them and you.
At the dinner table, talk about the good things that happened that day and share them with your family. Tell them what made you happy and why. Encourage them to do the same. Make it a daily practice. Think about your conversation, remember the happy things, and smile as you drift off to sleep.
Focus on living in the moment. Strive to add joy to what you are doing. Do not think about what happened yesterday, unless it made you happy. If there is joy found there make it a memory. Do not worry about tomorrow; it is not here yet.
Be playful! Dance in the rain, sing out loud. Play with your child at the park, make funny faces, catch fireflies in a jar. Do something you have not done since you were a child. If someone looks at you like you are weird, so what; smile at them and keep having fun.
One of the biggest challenges in trying to be happy right now isn’t that we don’t know how to be happy. It’s mostly that we just don’t do it. We don’t make the time for happiness, for peace, and for overall joy in our life.Kumar Anupam
Make time for joy in your life every day. It is hiding in plain sight. Look, and you will find it. Practice Joy!
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have fun today; laugh and spread the joy!