As I was signing off on Thursday’s post, I took note of my words for the first time in a while. “Live Joyfully” has been a mantra of mine and my sign off for a few years now. I love it. Those two words sum up my philosophy of life.
But since my New Year’s focus is authenticity this year, I want to make sure that I’m doing that - living joyfully. After all, if it’s my life philosophy, then the true measure of success is that I’m living that philosophy, yes?
Yes. (It really wasn’t meant to be a tough question - !)
I’m happy to report that I am living joyfully right now. Sure, I have my days, my moments, my doubts, fears, and setbacks, but those only serve to help me grow. At least, if I use them correctly they serve me in that way. (Hmmm, is that another topic for another day? I believe it is. Noted!)
So since the purpose of this blog is to help others live their best life and reach their full potential, how can I help you live more joyfully? (Look out - she’s about to give birth to - ANOTHER LIST!)
Yes, yes, I am.
So here is my Live Joyfully right now list:
- Make a pitcher of Margaritas and drink it. (That’s what I’m getting ready to do as soon as I finish this list!)
- Make a list of everything you need to do today, then go to the park. (It’s having everything down on paper that makes you feel good, not actually doing it!)
- Clean the house, and then sit down and read Better Homes and Gardens. (Looking at those beautiful scenes when your house is a mess is just depressing. Besides, a clean house is pure bliss.)
- Play with your kids. I mean, really play with them. Not with an attitude of obligation or guilt, but just to play. You can learn a lot about living joyfully from a happy child.
- Burn some calories. My favorite way to do this right now is with hot yoga. (Moksha, to be exact. And yes, I’m familiar with - and have tried - Bikram, Power, - all the yangs (and yins) and I love them all, I’m just saying that Moksha is my favorite. Do whatever is your favorite - do not email me about this!) So run, lift weights, whatever kicks your endorphins. There are few things as joyful as an awesome workout.
- Make a list of everything you’re grateful for. You can do this on paper, computer, or just in your head. It doesn’t matter if you’re already in a good mood or need to shine your’s up, counting your blessings is joyful.
- Take charge. Don’t whine, groan, complain, nag, or fuss about anything. If you don’t like something, change it! Being in control is living joyfully.
- Get out there. Surround yourself with other people. I have a lot of friends who seem to get a lot out of Facebook. If you can’t physically “get out,” at least interact with others, even old friends or long-distance friends, online. Having great relationships in your life will help you to live joyfully.
- Laugh. Not because it’s the best medicine, (it is), but because it keeps your momentum going. It’s hard to laugh and not experience at least a little joy. Once you start laughing, it takes little effort to keep going. So look for things to laugh at - even yourself - and you’ll be living joyfully.
- Share your joy. The best way to know that you truly have something is to give it away. Do something to bring joy to someone else. There is a flow to all things in life. Is there anything better to share with the world than joy? Even if you just smile and say, “Hello,” to someone new - that’s sharing joy, and living joyfully.
I’d love to hear how you spend your joyful moments! (Um, just please remember that this is a family blog!) Post a comment or send me an email.
Until next time,
Posted under Motivation
This post was written by Debra Moorhead, Motivation, Education, Inspiration on April 30, 2012