Spoiler alert: 2020 has been a challenging year for nearly everyone—to say the least. Between the coronavirus pandemic, the nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice, and the normal demands on your time, there’s a lot to feel anxious about.
So if you are having trouble finding happiness and joy you’re not alone. A recent survey done at the University of Chicago has found positivity among Americans has fallen to a record low.
However, the good news is you can increase your happiness by adding a little joy to your everyday life. By adding more joy to your daily routine, you may also enhance your overall well-being.
Here are the best expert-approved strategies for finding more joy—in your work, in your home, in your ordinary life, and, yes, even in quarantine—starting today.
How to Find Joy Today—and Every Day
Make a Joy List
What brings you joy? Seems like an easy enough question but many people struggle with it. Think about what brings you true joy. I mean really think about it. When was the last time you felt happy and satisfied?
Was it talking with a friend, reading a book, listening to music, spending time with the family or maybe it was simply watching the sun rise. Make list of these moments or crate a digital photo album. Now try to do one of them everyday to recreate that feeling of joy.
Make Time for Exercise—Even if It’s Just 10 Minutes
I know thinking about exercise isn’t something you would associate with being happy or joyful. However, being healthy and at your best physically can bring joy.
Consider what physical activities bring you joy. Is it swimming, bike riding or maybe it’s walking. What activity helps you to find inner peace and do them even if it’s only for 10 minutes. Doing these activities daily will help bring joy into your everyday life.
Savor Joyful Moments, Both Big and Small
We sometimes let the ordinary happy moments slip by us. Moments like sipping our coffee on the porch, hearing your children laugh, watching the sunrise, smelling the delicious scent of cookies baking. These moments pass without acknowledging how pleasurable they actually are.
Savoring these small moments of pleasure not only increases our positivity but they help to increase our happiness. We begin to find joy in the small moments as well as the big ones. Take a moment each day to simply savor a moment that is bringing you pleasure.
Gratitude isn’t just a concept we should visit over turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Showing gratitude daily is proven to increase your happiness. Since joy is connected to appreciating particular things, counting your blessings is an easy way to notice the good things in your life in a way that can bring joy,
Try this!! Before bed, spend five to ten minutes writing down five things for which you are grateful. Your family, friends that inspire you, a hug from your child, a smile from a stranger, Even your favorite fluffy robe. Writing down the things your grateful for brings a sense of joy knowing you have so many blessings in your life.
How do you find joy in each day?
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