Joy for some may not come easy, but by incorporating daily activities that you love and only allowing people in your life that will make you happy, joy will be much easier to reach. So instead of being discouraged over your current struggles or feeling like joy is not on the other side, start focusing on the things you are thankful for. One way to look on the bright side is to read quotes, which will help you realize that joy is closer than it may seem. Joy will be yours again and once you’ve felt the joy come deep from inside you, you’ll continue to feel joyful.
- “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
This childhood author encourages us to not focus on the fact that a joyful moment will come to an end, but to instead revel in the memory of it. Unfortunately some of the best moments will indeed pass you by, but instead of focusing on the fact that they are over, be grateful that they took place. Whether the moment was a compliment from a friend or a romantic picnic with a significant other, cherish the precious moments and hold them in your memory bank. Also, smile because they did happen and they will certainly happen again.
- “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E.E. Cummings
Taking the time to laugh is not only good for your heart; it results in a constant joyfulness. Laugh until your stomach hurts and think of things that have made you laugh in the past as well. Laughing with loved ones and thinking of the joyful moments will only lead to more moments like this in the future. So don’t waste your days being ungrateful and unsatisfied, but instead laugh and feel thankful for life. After all, experiencing joyful moments and times of laughter are days that should never be wasted.
- “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” – John Keats
As John Keats reminds us, it’s important to find objects of beauty that will make you feel joyful. Whether this is pulling flowers from your garden or holding a little one near, something that is beautiful will indeed make you feel joyful. Beauty and joy go side by side and by experiencing joy you will in turn feel joyful as well. Hold onto your joy and you will find beautiful memories and activities that will maintain your feelings of gladness.
- “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” – Marianne Williamson
Don’t take special moments for granted and you will recognize and be thankful for the wonderful moments. Surrounding yourself with positive people who love you for who you are is a part of this process of finding joy. It’s easier to find joy within yourself by enjoying activities and people who will help you feel joy. Also, don’t take life for granted. It’s important to be thankful for a home, joy, family, and friends because only then joy will find you. You need only to be grateful for life and everything you’ve been given.
Sierra is a freelance writer and is grateful for her joyful experiences. She loves creating joy in her life with the people she loves and going on picnics with picnic baskets is one of her many joyful memories. Catch up with Sierra on her
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