3 Quick tips to add joy to your daily life
Most of us live busy lives. Often, we are so busy juggling tasks and responsibilities that we forget to take the time to do the things that bring us happiness. Unfortunately, a lack of joy in your daily life can lead to unhappiness or even depression. This can even have long-term negative consequences on your health. Trust me, I’ve been there! Today, I’ll share with you 3 quick tips to add joy to your daily life.
Links to emotion and health
In one study entitled “Positive Emotion and Health: Going Beyond the Negative,” published in the July 2005 issue of Health Psychology. the results found
- Joy and optimism provided a 51% reduction in the rates of heart disease among men who were followed for 10 years during the study.
- Positive emotions such as joy and hope not only reduce the incidence of heart disease, but they also have a protective effect against high blood pressure, diabetes, and upper respiratory infections.
Solutions to improve your emotions
Thankfully, no matter how busy your life may be, there are steps you can take to instantly boost your mood and health. Try one of these quick tips to add some joy back into your life every day.
Revel in activities that delight you.
Whenever you feel your energy beginning to dwindle during the day, take a break and focus on something that brings you pleasure.
Giving yourself permission to have little “joy breaks” throughout your day will instantly lift your mood, as well as help you reduce stress and recharge your energy.
Simple things like savoring a cup of your favorite coffee, listening to your favorite album, or reconnecting with an old friend can have the ability to bring you joy.
The important thing to remember is to take time each day to focus on those simple activities that make you feel happier.
Count your blessings.
If you are having a particularly difficult or hectic day, you might find it easy to focus on the negative aspects of the day. Instead, try focusing on the things that are going in a positive direction and be thankful.
Feeling and expressing gratitude are very powerful. Taking time to reflect on the good times in the past versus the negativity of the present, can instantly lift your mood and give you the strength to keep working towards your goals.
Consider keeping a gratitude journal so that you have a physical record of the good things in your life. This will help lift you up and encourage you during the difficult times.
Shake things up and try something new.
The old adage, “familiarity breeds contempt,” is certainly true when it comes to our daily lives. Why not try something completely different to rediscover your joy?
You are only limited by your imagination. To get started, why not explore a new craft? Or perhaps you could also try out a new recipe in the kitchen? If you need easy recipe ideas, check out a few of my own recipes available in my ebook 10 Tasty Guilt Free Recipes to Try Now.
Consider learning a new skill or hobby. Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Or do you prefer music? Are you someone that enjoys the outdoors? Have you tried going for a hike? Maybe explore visiting an animal sanctuary with friends.
When looking for something to try, pay attention to the dreams you’ve had as a child and adult. Have the courage to explore a new skill or passion just once.
Those are 3 quick tips to add joy to your daily life. Remember to make time for laughter and fun throughout your day. Not only will you rediscover your joy, strengthen your health, and increase your own happiness, but your positive energy and outlook will also affect others around you. Good health both mentally and physically equals wealth.
Share your thoughts in the comments. What activities do you practice every week that bring you joy? Are you into fitness, journaling, or meditation? I would love to hear your thoughts below.
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