J is for Joy: 10 Ways to Increase Joy

J is for Joy:  A feeling of great pleasure or happiness.

1.  Listen to or make music.

2. Sing

3. Lighten up.

4. Bump into neighbours from an old address, and find them carrying a beautiful 3-week old baby! Pure joy!

5. Stick your nose in a rose and draw in the scent and feel the smell in your heart.

6. Read this news article!

7. Sit in nature and contemplate the life and colour in the stillness around you.  This is one of my favourite pass times.  It will always lift my spirits.  I especially enjoy the sea. Sunday evening I went to the beach to watch the sunset.  I was feeling glum.  As the sun sank, the water turned from bright blue to pale, powder blue, while the shapes on the horizon took on an ethereal quality in the rising mist.    By the time the sun had turned from yellow to an orange globe, I had forgotten that I had been feeling glum, and realised that as I had watched the colours change, I had experienced peace in the stillness of the moment.  That was an experience of joy.

8. Help someone.

9. Smile. Laugh. Laugh till it hurts. Laugh till you cry. Smile.

10.  Last but not least:   Get your first blog award! Was delighted to come home and find this comment awaiting approval:

I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Inspiring Blog Award.
Go to http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html and pick up your award.
~Deirdra

 

Mark Easton on Happiness Evangelists

Life is an amazing journey. http://www.alisonamazed.wordpress.com http://www.alisonboston.wordpress.com

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Posted in 2011 A-Z Blogging Challenge (Miscellany), Music, PostADay2011, Seafront, Singing
5 comments on “J is for Joy: 10 Ways to Increase Joy
  1. mish says:

    Hey Alison ~~ congrats on your award !
    Happy J~Day !!

    ~MICHELLE~
    writer-in-transit.co.za

    • alisonamazed says:

      Great article Caroline. Thanks for posting the link. It’s great to know people I know are reading my blog 🙂 It somehow helps to justify the amount of time I spend on it!

  2. […] is a post I started to write for the A-Z but dropped it in favour of writing about Joy.   The photo was taken when I made my first glass of juice after returning from the Out of the […]

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