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Wellness Tip: Practicing Joy

Posted Brittney Storm Rankin on 10/26/2015 |

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You don't have to have perfect life circumstances or feel happy every moment of every day to lead a joyful life. It may be cliché, but joy is not a destination - it is a journey. The more you practice joyfulness, the more naturally joyful you will become. Try these 10 tips to experience more joy in your life.

Practice gratitude. One of the easiest ways to feel joy is to recognize all of the blessings in your life. Keep a gratitude journal and jot down five things you are thankful for each day, or practice gratitude in your daily activities. For example, each time you wash your hands, think of something or someone in your life you appreciate.

Give back. Not only does it help someone in need, volunteering will bring you joy and put your problems in perspective.

Be silly! Life is more joyful when we don't take it so seriously. Play tag with your kids, chase your dog around the yard, sing off-tune at the top of your lungs, tell a joke, start a dance party, let it go.

Spend time in nature. Fresh air, sunshine, green grass and a little exercise does wonders for the soul.

Make time for activities you love. Read a book, sketch or paint, write a short story, listen to music, take a dance class, go for a run or cook a meal. Whatever brings you happiness, do it as often as possible.

Get some exercise. Exercise increases the production of endorphins, our bodies' feel-good hormones.  

Take a break from technology and connect with someone in real life. Instead of spending an hour surfing Facebook, call a friend you haven't spoke to in awhile or go for a walk with a family member. Real-life connections tend to be more satisfying that online interactions.

Rock a bright-colored outfit. Feeling blah? Throw on a t-shirt or scarf in your favorite bright shade or a sparkly piece of jewelry. It may just brighten your mood.

Make someone's day. Give a loved one a hug for no reason, invite the new person at work or school to sit with you at lunch, compliment the grocery store cashier on her earrings, or smile at each person you see and say hello. Slow down and recognize the opportunities you have to improve someone else's day.

Treat yourself as kindly as you treat others. If you are having an off day, don't beat yourself up. It is normal to feel blue occasionally. Treat yourself with the same love and patience you show to others.

What are your favorite ways to practice joy? Share your tips in the comment section below! 

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