Joy-full

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There is no greater motivator in life than joy.  When we do something that makes us feel good, joy bubbles forth to ignite the yearning for more of the same.  Joy is healing, it’s celebration.  It transcends barriers and allows us to be truly ourselves.  It has an intensity about it all its own. It helps us experience life full-heartedly.   My suggestion? Do more of what you enJOY and keep filling your happiness tank.

  • have a good laugh.  The pee in your pants and cry and hold your sides kind! You may need a to massage your cheeks later, but the massage you’ll just have finished giving your heart will have been worth it.
  • seek emotional connections.  A chat with a friend, a good long hug with a loved one, an afternoon of play with a child, a snuggle with your pet….
  • give more of yourself in things big and small.  It doesn’t really matter if anyone else appreciates or gets what you do, knowing that you did your best at a task at hand will always feel great!
  • sweat the small stuff. Go hard at it on your next workout! Let those armpits ripen and release whatever is nagging at you.  If it’s bothering you, it’s not worth carrying.
  • do something that makes you lose track of time. Always a sure sign of fun:)
  • participate in new activities that take you out of your comfort zone.  When we overcome awkwardness and feelings of uneasiness to successfully acquire a new skill, the confidence boost can be exhilarating.  Personally, I’m happy to know I summoned the courage to try, success is simply a pleasant surprise.
  • speak words that are encouraging and worthwhile.  Keeping positive doesn’t mean spewing empty flattery, it means you made a point of noticing the beauty and goodness in others and are courageous, nice, kind, caring, and supportive enough to share it. See?

And on a parting note, allow me to bring in Webster:

Joy -the Greek word for joy is chara (Antonym: anx­i­ety and worry).  It comes from the word charis, which is derived from the word we know as ‘grace.’ The wonderwall here is that charaor, or joy is borne of the Divine Grace within each of us. Need I say more?

 

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Get your kindness on!

Free positive thoughts

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. 
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.   -Scott Adams

The best way to nourish our hearts is to help tend to the hearts of others.

Kindness, both given and received, can go a long way in replenishing our spirits.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Relaxing on Beach
relax… put your feet up

1. Make time for you.  Replenishing your spirit is always the first step to being able to give more to others.

cherry cream scones made by molly baked goods
yum yum share some!

2. As they say in kindergarten, sharing is caring.  When you bake, gift some of your goodies with neighbours and friends and watch their faces light up.

3. If you have children, remember to give their teachers some positive feedback.  Mention things you appreciate, things your child has shared with you about their day at school and so on. Everyone benefits from constructive feedback.

An old lady selling flowers by the bus stop.
smiles are contagious

4. There are many elderly who don’t often get acknowledged, socialized or appreciated.  If you cross paths with a chronologically blessed person, remember to greet them with a smile and wish them a great day. Trust me, they’ll like it.

5. Leave an anonymous kind note on someone’s windshield.

6. When you find yourself giving someone a genuine compliment, add the thought ” And I am too.” because we are only able to recognize a quality if we first possess it ourselves.

The Banana Men
don’t be a banana

7. Own your actions.  If you acted like a banana, apologize.  Likewise, if you did something well, celebrate your decision to do good.

8. If you can do a favour, don’t hesitate.

Happy driver
happy drivers wanted

9. While driving, exercise kindness and much patience.  We never really know where others are coming from,what kind of day has challenged them and caused them to be distracted or aggressive.  Put safety first.

10. Leave every place you come across better than you found it.