1. Stay in the moment and don’t play the “What if” game. Corrie Ten Boom said, “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles….it empties today of its strength.” Refusing to worry will keep you joyful.
2. Stop and observe the extraordinary around you. People everywhere are doing, saying, and experiencing some amazing things. Observing these amazing people and moments brings joy. Read about some of the extraordinary observations while simply grocery shopping.
3. Feed your inner introvert or extrovert. Do you re-energize and refuel by being alone or being with other people? If you feel depleted after spending a lot of time alone but feel exhilarated after being with others, you’re an extrovert and the opposite means you’re an introvert. Feeding that inner introvert or extrovert will keep you joyful.
4. Accept, don’t judge. Loving and building others up provides joy. Criticizing steals it.
5. Laugh. Find the humor in the everyday. Humor is found in many of life’s moments. Find humor and you find joy. Milton Berle said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.”
6. Forgive others AND yourself! Max Lucado said, “Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner!” Unleash forgiveness and release joy.
7. Spend time with God. Nothing helps me keep perspective and provides more joy than spending time with God every day. Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence…”
@2012 Connie Davis Johnson