There are three things in life that are joy stealers: worry, overthinking, and how we have trained ourselves to react to stress. I admittedly have let all three of these things steal my joy in life. While it can be hard to see the light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel, here are 5 ways to find joy today. As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Happy girls are the prettiest.”
Figure out a way to view your problems as a blessing to help others
Don’t have a job right now? Use your free time to volunteer for a cause you care about. Does it seem like everything is going wrong in your life? Take a chance to think about how these trials are changing you for the better. Once you become grateful for a problem, it loses its ability to drag you down.
2. Before you get out of bed in the morning, think of something that makes you smile
Start your day off on a positive note and reframe your mind to think positively whenever anything bad happens.
3. Clean up your belief system
How we feel on the inside is what we project on the outside. Positive people may not be necessarily happy all the time, but they have trained their mind to shine a beam on what they want in life, and they have the belief in themselves to make it happen. Beliefs are not set in stone and can be changed.
4. Avoid comparing or complaining
I have never been in a bad situation where complaining and ruminating over the issue actually made anything better. By allowing yourself to be compared to others or complaining you are setting yourself up for frustration. If you feel down, go look in a mirror and tell yourself how smart, capable, and miraculous you are.
5. Focus on things that bring you joy
Think about and participate in things that make you happy. Not only will it lift your spirits, but focusing on things that bring you joy will ease your mind off problems. Whenever you feel stress wrapping its tentacles around your mind, think of things that make you happy like how good your sheets smell when you pull them out of the dryer or a warm hug from your mom.
If you’re looking for some positive reading, I recommend “Joy on Demand” by Chade-Mengtan. Buy it on Amazon below.
What are some things you do to find joy on a daily basis? How do you pick yourself up when you’re feelings down? Let me know in the comment section.