Happy & Healthy Holidays - Week - JOY

“Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing.

For to miss the joy is to miss all.”

- Robert Louis Stevenson


Joy is a word that we are all familiar with and one that we hear a lot about during the holiday season. But what is joy…really? And how is it different from happiness?

Here’s how I differentiate the two.

Happiness is an outward expression of positive emotions. Joy is a more profound, internal feeling of peace, gratitude, and purpose. Each sentiment is meaningful and necessary. But finding the joy of your soul and building a life around the pursuit of it? Well, now you’ve just leveled up!

How then, do we find our JOY? Well, there are many ways to identify the things in life that bring us joy. One of my favorites comes from the mental state of FLOW. Positive psychologist, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, describes flow as "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost.” You are completely immersed in an activity.

Can you name an activity where this happens? Where you lose track of time? For me, this occurs when I start a creative project. When I allow myself the time and space to nurture and explore my original ideas, magic happens. I feel connected to my purpose & talents. It brings joy into my life in the broadest sense of the word.

Joy also shows up in my life as delight…in things that fill my soul with purpose and love. Spending time with my family. Connecting with people on a deep, personal level. These things give me tremendous joy.

During this holiday season, and especially this week, I will be focusing on identifying JOY in my life. I’ll look for it in the big things and in the tiny details, documenting my thoughts on this week’s worksheet. Taking the time to open our eyes and see the joy in our everyday lives is essential in cultivating a life filled with purpose and significance.

This Monday is Christmas Eve, so there won’t be an Instagram Live. I hope you will join me in finding and celebrating JOY during the remainder of this year and into 2019!

“Just follow your joy. Always. I think that if you do that, life will take you on the course that it’s meant to take you.”

—Jonathan Groff

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