If you’ve been following the past few posts on the gift of joy, steps to your more joyful life, and creating your joy toolbox you have been practicing at least a few of the steps mentioned in those posts. Congratulations. Your life is more joyful already, isn’t it? Continue to welcome joy into your life with some of these thoughts.
Make Joy a Priority
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.Greg Anderson
We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.Joseph Campbell
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.Chuck Palahniuk
Perhaps most important, being in a state of joy is a learned skill,
not an innate ability.Donald Altman, The Joy Compass
Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.Henri Nouwen
Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.Karl Barth
Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.Tim Cook
Joy must be developed from the inside. If we cannot find happiness within ourselves we will not be able to find happiness anywhere.Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living
Every single second is an opportunity to change your life, because in any moment you can change the way you feel.Rhonda Byrne
Go find your joy. Whatever that is, go find your joy. Are you going to have a good day or are you going to have a great day?
Because it’s completely up to you.Sandra Bullock
Fill Your Pockets with Joy
A joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together.Brene Brown
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.Nhat Hanh
Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be filled with joy.Anonymous
To have joy in your heart, one must know how to appreciate
the small things in life.Anonymous
Joy; the kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.David Steindl-Rast
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.Jean Shinoda Bolen
Welcome Joy Into Your Life
There are pockets of frustration and pain and sorrow in every life. Some struggle with depression. There are chemical and physical reasons the struggle toward joy is more difficult for some. If that’s you, please give yourself a chance, seek professional help.
The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.Russel M. Nelson
The shame of it all is that many of us don’t even know we are missing out on joy. Even if you don’t love yourself at the moment, even if you can’t see the path to joy, look for your joy.
If you can’t find joy in the path you are on and what you are working toward now, how do you expect to find joy once you get there?Anonymous
Give yourself permission not to be perfect. Your life doesn’t have to be perfect to be joyful. Joy doesn’t have to be big and loud. It’s in the quiet moments too. It’s in a single breath. Take a breath. Welcome joy into your life. You deserve it.