Today we’re talking about the concept of JOY… and how it fits with showing up Fashionably LATE to your best life.
What is JOY?
It’s been defined as an emotion, such as the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; in other words – elation.
Or the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires,
It’s also been defined as a STATE – such as a state of happiness or felicity
It’s been defined as a source or cause of delight
And it is also defined as the expression of or display of elation, delight or glad feelings.
So you can think of joy as an emotion that comes and goes quickly,
You can think of it as a state, which in my mind equates to something a little more lasting than a fleeting emotion,
And you can think of joy as an outward expression of that emotion or state of being joyful.
This last seems to indicate that you not only feel it on the inside, but you share it outwardly so that others can not only see that you’re joyful, but also potentially “catch” your joyfulness.
Here’s why this matters – experiencing joy on a regular basis is vital to you living your best life.
And… now you might be saying, “Of course it is, Danne. Nothing like stating the obvious!”
The problem is that it’s so obvious, that we regularly MISS IT!
Case in point… When was the last time you experienced JOY? As either an emotion or a state?
When was the last time you EXPRESSED joy?
When was the last time you PLANNED JOY into your day?
If it took you a moment to remember it, or to put your finger on it, or maybe you even answered that you’ve never PLANNED joy into your day, don’t worry! You are not alone.
Most of us go through life without ever thinking about such things, let alone PLANNING them into our day.
But I want to share some of the benefits of doing just that:
And experiencing joy on a regular basis has incredible benefits:
There is even science behind it – experiencing joy causes your body to dump dopamine and serotonin into your system, both chemicals proven to lower stress and boost your mood, as well as your immune system.
And if you believe in the law of attraction, you know that being in a joyful state will bring even more joyful circumstances to you.
Here’s the challenge – since we rarely give any thought to these things, we fall out of touch with what actually brings us joy.
And mostly, we wait for joyful things to “happen” to us, rather than intentionally creating and cherishing joyful moments in our lives.
So here’s a practical tip for you…
Make a list of 30 things that bring you joy.
They can be small things, like enjoying a cup of tea on your back patio in the morning before you start your day, or taking a quick, 4-minute dance break in the middle of your day,
Or they can be big things like travelling to a country you’ve never been to before.
Whether big or small, make sure you list at least 30.
And then – and this is where the challenge gets good – plan one joyful activity every single day for the next 7 days. Okay, so maybe you can’t buy your future dream house in the next 7 days…
but you can spend 15 minutes PLANNING it, daydreaming about the landscaping or the furniture on Pinterest.
The point is to be INTENTIONAL about bringing more joy into your life, and to be MINDFUL of when you’re experiencing it.
And for BONUS points, EXPRESS your joy to someone else. Joy is super contagious, and what better emotion is there to share with others than joy?
I’ve done this before by sharing a fun song with my kids that made me think of them, and by getting my daughter to join me in my dance breaks (when she was younger, of course… she rolls her eyes at me now).
Just do one thing every day for the next 7 days that brings you JOY. Be intentional and mindful of it, and notice the difference in how you feel.
See you next time!