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3 Tools to Cultivate JOY

As someone who has been depressed, I know the feeling of depression intimately. I also know that when it lifts – that depression is not my natural state. Joy is my natural state.

Copy of Copy of Copy of The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. – Henry Ward Beecher

So I started to ask what can I do to support my own JOY? There is a ton of research around the topic of cultivating joy. I really enjoy the work of researcher Emma Seppala who wrote an article in Psychology Today about sharing your joy. I break down the article here:

VLOG – The Power of Sharing your JOY with others

The thing to add into your life to cultivate joy is to SHARE YOUR JOY WITH OTHERS. Here’s are three ways I do this:
1) Three Things and Hi/Lo at the family dinner table. Come together and share 3 things that happened throughout your day. Then one highpoint and then one lowpoint.
2) Gratitude Journal. At the end of your day, bullet point 3-5 things that happened during your day.
3) Share your positive experiences of your day with a trusted person.

Give it a shot.
Namaste, Sarah

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Choose JOY

Let’s climb in the ‘way-back machine’ ok? A long time ago I was dating this guy…and, he was a really negative person. Really half-empty. Everything he saw was the world being out to get him. He was constantly the victim of the world, his employers, his circumstances.

I felt like it was my responsibility to fix everything and make his world better. But it wasn’t my job.

Circumstances and people cannot create your joy…YOU create your joy.

Because here’s the cold, hard truth and here is what I told him in the end.

Joy is a choice…choose joy.

We were inherently different people, but what I saw was a world full of loving and smiling people. What he saw was a scary world full of dumb, annoying people. What I saw were simple pleasures and I hung out in the place of gratitude. What he saw was that everyone/thing was out to get/bother/annoy him and doing anything was an uphill effort.

What was the difference between us?

How we look at the world.

That’s it.

The world is like a piece of broccoli (lesson from a great article called “Be the Broccoli” that I can’t find to attribute.) You can look at a piece of broccoli and think it looks delicious, nutritious, and wonderful. OR you can look at it and think it looks disgusting. In the end…the piece of broccoli itself doesn’t change. It’s still just a piece of broccoli. The difference is in your perception.

Joy is a choice. Ultimately, how you perceive the world is your choice.

And you can do some things that set the stage for more and more and more JOY. To cultivate joy. The more you practice these tools, the more you start fertilizing your garden with stuff that makes joy grow. For example – smile more, share your joyous moments with a trusted friend or family member, practice gratitude.

Choose Joy.
Namaste, S