Joy is a natural state of being, but one that is not very familiar to most of us. In fact, I would venture to say that a more familiar experience for most of us is a state of struggle, not joy. Most of us may even admit that we are not naturally, “joyful” and may only notice or experience true joy when we acquire or get something that is external in nature. For example: a new purse, a new job, a new relationship, or a a great vacation.
Let me be clear, there is nothing wrong with this, but living like this can create a lot of stress if the only way we can experience true joy is to get or acquire something. In addition, if we are relying on external sources for experiencing joy, that is not sustainable over time.
I share this from my own experience. I spent many years seeking approval and joy from external sources. One habit in particular involved the purchase of a certain type of very expensive handbag. I am talking upwards of three and four hundred dollars. I would often ask for these as birthday or Christmas gifts and occasionally I would purchase them for myself. The joy and excitement would last about a week or so and then fade off into the wild blue yonder.
Fast forward five years and the thought of spending that much money on a bag makes me feel like wow, that was an interesting phase of my life! I am in a different place totally. I no longer seek validation from others and I know now how to create joy from within. If I had continued down the path of using expensive bags to fulfill me and bring joy into my life, I would be broke and certainly unhealthy by now.
When we learn to create joy as a familiar state of being within ourselves, we can release the old familiar pattern of struggle and all kinds of positive shifts start to show up in our lives. Where we once experienced struggle we see opportunity and growth. Where we once saw limitation we see abundance. That is where the magic lies and you start to become the creator that you were designed to be.
We are each designed to be creators.
So, I invite you to join me for 21 days to JOY in the #smilefest to create your own joy from within.
It takes 21 days to create a habit.
The simple act of turning the corner of your lips up into the shape of a smile changes your body chemistry.
It also shifts your energy and has the power to shift your mood from stress and struggle to joy and ease.
When I smile, it literally feels like my heart is lighting up. It is hard for me to feel negative or stressed when I am smiling.
The benefits of joining 21 Days to JOY:
- it’s FREE
- it’s FUN
- it helps you feel FABULOUS
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Peace and smiles,
Please share your experiences below about how you create joy within.