Practising joy. What a concept!
When I first heard that I could choose to be happy by practising joy I just about had a fit. Surely happiness was given out by the gods and some were luckier than others in its receipt.
After reading a number of articles and books on the subject I came to see that it just might be possible. The authors weren’t suggesting that I could spend my whole day every day jumping out of my skin with glee, instead they proposed that I had control over my reaction to all that was happening in my world and with practise I could choose to respond with a happy mind set rather than the resentful/angry/hard-done-by one that I was more familiar with.
Needless to say that after years of giving this a go I can happily report that it is a much preferable way to live.
Yesterday I saw this quote from Abraham
“You cannot struggle to joy. Struggle and joy are not on the same channel. You joy your way to joy. You laugh your way to success.” ( abraham-hicks.com)
It got me thinking about the concept of not just choosing to be happy but to choose joy – the next step up.
It occurred to me that I could actively practise being joyful.
Now there’s a thought.
How might that look?
It could be great fun.
How many ways could I be practising joy?
Soaking in a hot bath, patting my neighbours’ dog, feeling great about myself , feeling joy for all that I see around me…I guess the list is endless.
How could you be practising joy?
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