Joy is not outside you. It can't be bought and it is not conditional on someone else's behavior. Joy is not a destination. Joy comes when you make peace with who you are, where you are, why you are, and when you need nothing more than your truth.
Here are five ways to add joy to your life.
1. Take a field trip somewhere that makes you smile. It could be a drive to the next town over, an art opening, an amusement park, a favorite brunch spot, a wine festival, or a trip to the salon to get your toenails polished. On a budget? Pack a picnic and go enjoy a local park, lake or ocean. Go for a bike ride, walk, or run. Have a dog? Take him or her for a hike.
2. Connect with someone you care about. Daily joy is found in the connections we make, the friendships we keep and in the love that exists between us and important others in our lives. Take one action today to connect with someone important in your life. Whether it's sending a simple email or text to say "hello" or preparing a home cooked dinner, do something that is meaningful and authentic. Lose yourself in the moment and let go of any expectations in return.
3. Give Thanks. When everything is going right in our lives, we often take our health, food, home, friends, family, work, and the air we breathe for granted. Take a moment to look around and see what's going right in your life and practice gratitude. Write a list, give thanks to others, or just take a moment to be present and give thanks. The more you look around, the more you will find to be grateful for.
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