5 Best Ways To Deepen Your Joy
“When the mind is pure, Joy flows like a shadow that never leaves” – Buddha
Many of the emotions we feel are common to all of us. We all feel some type of way. From feeling very happy to feeling very sad and all the emotions in-between, we all and this should give you some form of comfort that you are not alone.
Our emotions make up a whole part of us and can affect every areas of our lives in a good or bad ways at the same time.
Last week, all the books and articles I read, the videos I watched, and the conversations I had made me understand that people go through stuff. There is so much hurt, problems and uncertainties people go through in this world and it has made them constantly lose their joy and the ray of sunshine they ever had.
As humans, we are all wired for love, connection and belonging. When we do not find this love, connection and belonging in ourselves, we go chasing them in unhealthy places which then affects our general disposition towards ourselves and others.
Embracing positive emotion is a choice as well as letting go of negative emotions and the onus lies on you to make the right choices. We could have our short comings but choosing to dwell on a particular emotion is a decision you have to make for yourself.
“We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy” – Joseph Campbell
Below are 5 proven ways to help you deepen your joy:
1. Build immunity.
Ask yourself, “what is the worst thing that can happen?” When you get the answer to this question, you prepare your mind for the outcome if it eventually happens. You are not going to be unnecessarily shocked if the worse happens. Be prepared for the worse and be hopeful for the best.
2. Journaling (particularly gratitude).
It is proven that journaling is one of the tools to manage anxiety. I would describe it as transferring your emotions from your heart to your book/device. When you write down and recount daily what you are grateful for, you would be in a constant state of thankfulness even for the little things that come to you and through you.
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude” – Karl Barth
Meditation is a practice that allows you use mindfulness to focus on a particular thing. This means recognizing and releasing both internal and external distraction as they arise. Prayer can be a powerful form of meditation. The more you are focused on a thing, it helps you maintain an emotionally calm and stable state.
“Prayer is when you talk to God, Meditation is when you listen to God” – Unknown
4. Engagement (relationship).
Your ability to realize that you need other people for your emotional well beings and not that you should be dependent on them comes with a level of peace. Investing in those relationships by being vulnerable about what you want helps you deepen connection with the people involved.
5. Be more interested in giving to others.
The act of giving to others attracts joy to yourself. Real joy opens up when we open up our heart.
“Joy is increased by spreading it to others” – Robert Murray Mccheyne
Today and always, choose to find joy in the ordinary things 💖
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