Joy is Not Just for the Holidays

Tis the season of joy. And what a short season it is.

By the beginning of January, the holidays are over, the parties have wound down, and, other than hoping to find something in your closet that fits, it’s back to business as usual. The only ones left riding the joy-train are young children, blissfully unaware that the season has ended.

Yesterday, my friend Pilar had me doubled over with laughter (a form of joy ;-)) as she described her 18- month-old son’s reaction to his new rocking horse on Christmas morning.

Running into her bedroom, he pulled her into the living room, pointed to the horse, and said, “Wow.” After a dozen wide-eyed points and wows, he attempted to climb onto the horse, fell onto his well-cushioned rear, looked up, pointed again, and let out another, “Wow.” Six days later, he still can’t contain his excitement.

That kind of pure joy is available all year long if you’re willing to choose it.

A big time commitment is not required, but your full attention is. Five minutes a day watching the sun rise or set, playing with your child or pet, or surprising a friend with a phone call are all examples of simple ways to bring joy into your day.

If music makes you happy, listen to your favorite CD while lying on the floor with your eyes closed – or stand up and dance around the room.

A few days ago I took a yoga class set to disco music, and the sight of a roomful of people bouncing to the music while in downward dog position was a joyful sight to behold.

What brings you joy? As the New Year begins, choose to experience one joyful moment a day. You might just find it’s the exact ingredient you need to live your day the way you want to live your life.

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