I hope you are having a great day! Today I want to chat about choosing joy in your daily actions. I touched on it a little in last week’s Sunday inspiration post but I thought I would elaborate a little.
I’m not going to lie here. I have a hard time with this myself. I get stressed out, easily irritated, and sad a lot of the time. I am a very emotional person. That is one of the reasons people describe me as bubbly. When I’m happy I am super happy but seeing an emotional story on the news brings me to tears. Every emotion I feel seems to be stronger than those around me. Sometimes it makes it difficult to hide my feelings and get over stuff.
Over the last several years I’ve made a conscious effort to be more aware of the way I interact with the world. Instead of getting extremely frustrated and yelling I recognize my feeling and let it go. When I am really stressed I take a deep breath and figure out a plan to relieve some of the things that are causing me stress. By continuously recognizing my feelings and then dealing with them head-on I’ve found that I can move past it. I don’t allow a messed-up coffee to ruin my day. I don’t get overly frustrated by someone cutting me off to the point where I am an angry grump for the rest of the day. Again, this is something that I work at on a daily basis. I still have moments where I falter because nobody’s perfect.
I want to make it clear that I am in no way saying you have to only be happy 100% of the time. That is unrealistic and quiet frankly unhealthy. All I mean is in those moments of sadness, anger, or frustration, think of all the wonderful people in your world and how truly fortunate you are. Turn around your perception. Give yourself the freedom to feel the emotion and then move on with your day. What I like to do is do something nice for someone else when I feel like my day is spiraling into negative-ville. Knowing I made someone else smile makes me smile.
We all possess the power to make the world a little brighter by spreading kindness, love, and joy around. Each of your actions and interactions has an effect on those around you. Why not make it joyful for all involved?
How do you choose joy in your everyday? I’d love to hear about it!