Are you waiting for joy to find you this holiday season? Many of us have the idea that joy is dependent on our circumstances. Maybe you’ve thought, “I will be happy when I get a new job, get married, buy a bigger house, go on vacation…” The list goes on and on. If joy is dependent on our circumstances, then how do you explain the lottery winner who is no happier a year after winning the lottery or the man who was in a car accident, but still has so much joy despite being a paraplegic? How can you find joy in the middle of a pandemic?
While experiencing joy may be a little different for everyone, here are a few things you can do to bring a little more joy to your life:
Practice gratitude. Be thankful for what you have, and appreciate the people and things around you.
Find ways to show kindness. Remember how you felt the last time you did something nice for someone? One of the best ways to experience joy is by helping others.
Surround yourself with positive people and messages of encouragement. Think about what you are watching and reading. Are the people you spend time with and your media choices building you up or adding stress and discouragement to your life?
Take care of yourself. Things like exercise, getting enough sleep, and getting outside for fresh air can make a difference in your level of contentment.
Make time for things that bring you joy. What do you love doing? Do you have any hobbies? Carve out some time to do things you really enjoy.
Find ways to make everyday experiences special. Slow down and enjoy everyday moments. What are the little things you can celebrate?
Set goals. Achieving your goals and being proud of your accomplishments will be motivating and spark joy.
Joy is a mindset, the culmination of intentional habits, and a way of living. Don’t let your circumstances steal your joy.