Reconnecting with the Joy in your Life
“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”~Thich Nhat Hanh
Remember those moments, even if they appeared fleetingly, when you noticed and experienced a rush of joy, a sense of inner peace, and a wave of contentment… when the world felt good to you, and complete? How wonderful it would be to recreate those feelings, and to experience them more frequently.
There have been a number of research studies that suggest that happiness and joy can help to lower your heart rate and blood pressure and boost up your immune system – and even improve your life expectancy. Wouldn’t we all want that outcome? And being more creative can help you to rediscover the joy in your life.
We all have very busy lives these days, we run around making sure we fulfil all the tasks that seem to be on our to do list. We are far too busy to think of things like:
- Who am I?
- What are my dreams?
- What are my beliefs?
Most of the time I feel fine, I feel ok with my lot, in fact most of the time I feel grateful for what I have. But at times I have also experienced a sensation of emptiness and sadness from time to time. Perhaps when I felt that I did not quite fit in or that I didn’t feel fulfilled with what I was doing, or reviewing my values in life. A little bit like being on a hamster wheel, and not knowing how to get off. In fact, a feeling of being lost in some way.
Even if you think your life is ok, and even if you feel grateful for the things in your life, feeling fine is not really ok, it’s not really good enough. Simply existing and thriving in life is not enough. Life is about more than that. Where is your sense of wonder and magic, your sense of awe, and your creative spirit? Do you feel that you have ‘lost’ a part of what you used to be?
Here are my top tips to rediscovering the joy in your life:
- Simply to observe your feelings, over the period of one week, noting down any time of confusion, and listing the things that light you up, as well as the things that drain you – columns of yes and columns of no
- Make sure you begin to spend more time on the things that light you up, and less time on the things that drain you, and commit to it
- Blank out some regular time for an activity that you are passionate about, from writing short stories, to walking the dog, or painting and drawing, whatever brings you joy
- Set yourself some goals on what you want to achieve, this is a great time of year to set out your intentions for 2021
- Seek out opportunities for laughter in your life, laughter is contagious and releases endorphins into your body that helps to reduce stress, and boosts your immune system
Finding joy in life brings you back in touch with the fundamental answers of why you are here, and what causes your life to be engaging, meaningful, and purposeful. Share your precious time with people that light you up, people that inspire you. When we are around happier, more optimistic people, we are tend to be happier ourselves.
And even though 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us, enjoy your Christmas and let’s all look forward to a better and happier New Year!
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