I’ve been witnessing a growing number of conversations that revolve around a lack of joy, purpose and fulfillment in the midst of life. As one who advocates for tapping into joy daily, I thought I’d share a few ideas, tips and easy ways to bring more joy into your daily life.
This list is by no means exhaustive - but meant as a starting point for a conversation about JOY.
Permission to Play
A powerful question I’ve found myself asking clients recently:
What if you gave yourself permission to be playful?
There has typically been a long pause and then an outpouring of everything that might be possible for the client.
The interesting angle of this question is two-fold.
Laughter is Powerful
I recently lead a laughter yoga workshop at the local library for their community wellness series. It was a multi-generational group of people and we had a lot of fun laughing and connecting with one another. Because let's face it - laughter is powerful!
There was one older gentleman that seemed to be getting a kick out of the whole process and enjoying the laughter and the energy of the group. He approached me at the end while we were stacking chairs to say how much he appreciated the workshop.
Happiness appears to be elusive in today’s society as everyone seems to be in pursuit of the happy life. Think about it - we’ve all heard a good friend say something along the lines of “I’ll be so happy when … " or “If only I had … , then I’d be happy.” Heck - we're likely guilty of saying something similar ourselves! According to the 2017 World Happiness Report the United States scored 6.8 out of 10 on the happiness scale. That’s not a lot of happy.
So what are some ways to bring more happiness into your daily life and routine?
Recently I was lucky enough to lead a laughter yoga session with a group of seniors at an assisted living center here in Reno, NV. When I arrived, the activity professionals had already gathered a sizable group of residents together and the energy in the room was palpable. They were ready to laugh!
The thing about laughing with senior groups is that I get so much out of it too. They teach me amidst all of the laughter yoga exercises and shenanigans.
Finding Joy on the Bad Days...
How are you finding JOY today?
Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, spilled a bunch of coffee on your shirt as you drove to the office only to realize that you forgot the report that you were putting the finishing touches on back at the house. You turn around, grab the report, rush back to the office and arrive 15 minutes late to your meeting and it feels like everyone is now staring at your coffee stain.
How the heck do you find JOY in this scenario?