The third candle of Advent is lit this week to represent JOY!
Many work hard at achieving monetary gains, higher status in the workplace, being popular and filling in every moment of the day with tasks. How many of us work at finding joy in everything we do?
It’s easy to be jolly when someone cracks a joke or when your favourite song is playing, but can you find joy when things are not going your way? Can you be happy when you’re in physical pain or psychological anguish? Finding contentment and bliss during these trying times takes work.
Here’s some hints on how to find cheer when you need it most:
- Have a strong faith. Belief in a greater good will boost your brain and drag you out of self pity.
- Do something that energizes you. We all have those things that makes our skin tingle and our souls want to dance. It could be watching movies, going for a jog, listening to your favourite tunes, gardening or climbing a tree. Whatever it is, DO it!
- Remind your support group to bring smiles only! Don’t let well-intentioned family and friends bring you down. Tell them you need only good news at a time like this.
- Most importantly, think of this list daily so when you most need joy in your life you will naturally refer to these steps.
Joy is contagious so carry it with you where ever you go and spread it around. I’ve never heard anyone complain about being too happy!