This is a guest post by Tess of The Bold Life. Tess is an amazing lady who challenges her readers to be more, give more, and live in joy.
Be joyful within yourself
I feel joy when I give and receive love. I am often more comfortable when I give than when I receive. Yet receiving allows me an opportunity to allow another to express joy. To live in joy is to have the ability to receive love, attention, friendship, support and other gifts graciously.
I feel joy when my husband and I play the gratitude game. We usually do this on walks. One of us starts with what we’re thankful for and we take turns. The only rule is you can’t repeat what you’ve already said.
I feel joy when I can accept myself just as I am in this moment. Comparing ourselves with others destroys self acceptance and joy. We are each beautiful and one of a kind. We have the right to be different and think differently than others.
Live in joy with others
I feel joy when I spend time with my adult children. They are fun, loving and giving and intelligent people. Their beauty inside and out touches me and fills my soul.
I am joyful when I spend time with my grandchildren. I don’t know what is stronger the sense of joy or bliss I feel when they are with me. It truly is every parent’s greatest gift. They delight me, love me, thrill me and amaze me. Our love for each other is the closest I’ve come to unconditional love.
I’m joyful when I’m with friends. Spending time with my friends gives us the chance to bring out the best in each other. Choose your friends wisely. Ask yourself, “Does this relationship honor me? Give yourself permission to avoid being around anyone who doesn’t honor and respect you. The type of friend you are to yourself is the type of friends you will attract into your life.
Live in joy through activities
When I volunteer I feel joyful. I went to Mississippi for a week after hurricane Katrina and had one of the most joyful times of my life. I came home feeling like I didn’t have any problems, only minor inconveniences. I’ve also volunteered in prisons in Michigan, orphanages in Guadalajara Mexico and schools in Brownsville, Texas.
Joy fills me when I spend time outdoors. I am a runner and love that I can run with the wind at my back and the sun on my face. I can drive my car anywhere put on my shoes and go for miles. My body loves me for it. The challenge, the smells, the dessert animals, and the views are all breathtaking.
I discover joy in every day moments, when someone offers me a smile, seeing my husbands face sitting across from me at the dinner table, the squish of a sweet cherry tomatoes in my mouth, the smell of a squeaky clean grandchild.
Make a bold choice today to live in joy
If you want to increase your joy, be willing to open your heart and look for the good in your life to increase your sense of aliveness. Joy is limitless and a gift that keeps on giving. Ask yourself each day, “What one thing can I do specifically that will bring me joy today?”