Finding Joy In The Little Things

Joy. It’s really hard to explain the feeling, isn’t it?

It’s one of the most pure and sought-after feelings I can think of. But too often, it seems like only the BIG things will help us ever achieve it.

You know what I’m talking about. It’s that, “I’ll be happy if …” statement.

You fill in the blanks with a bunch of big things: I get the promotion, I meet the man of my dreams...

The thing about these statements is, as nice as they are, they’re not going to happen every day. So, if you think you’re only going to feel joy when you cross big things off your bucket list, you might be ignoring the most important ingredient for a joyful life.

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Ah yes, the “little things”.

An unexpected smile from a stranger. A hug from your kids. Your favorite snack after a long day at work. These are the things that should make you stop and say, “wow, I’m pretty lucky to live this life.” And then comes the joy.

How do I know all this? I was inspired by this article from Prevention Magazine entitled 14 Ways To Find Joy: Little ways to feel lucky you're alive.

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It’s just too easy to get caught up in all the things we wish we had and forget about all the good things that are right under our noses.

If you can find beauty, joy and happiness in those things, well… you’ve got it made in the shade, honey.

To make it even easier for you, here is your 3 step plan to start feeling joy right now:

  1. Name one thing that’s going right in your life today.
  2. Name one thing or person that you’re thankful for.
  3. Name one goal you want to reach by the end of the year.

In short, focus on the good, be grateful and get excited about what lies ahead. It’s the perfect recipe for joy.

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