Ways to add joy to your daily routine.  Let’s face it all of us are busy.  We juggle business, community, children, sports etc.  The most important thing to do is to determine what brings us JOY in what we do.  Unhappiness or lack of joy can bring negative situations including your health to your life.

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”

 

In the Health Psychology study is shared “Joy and Optimism provided a 51% reduction in the rates of heart disease among men who were followed during the 10-year study”.

 

Other areas positive emotions like hope and joy also have a profound effect against high blood pressure, diabetes and upper respiratory infections.

 

Here are a few tips to try to add joy back into your daily routine:

 

  • The first place to start is gratitude:When having a crazy day and nothing is going right, we tend to immediately head toward the negative.  This is the best time to reflect with gratitude and focus on the things that or going right in your life.    You might want to keep a gratitude journal to reflect on the positive and powerful things happening in your life daily.
  • Take the opportunity to do something you enjoy: Give yourself permission to have a joy break.  You can even do a happy dance to bring motion to the break.    Enjoy your favorite beverage, eat your favorite piece of pie or a soak in the jacuzzi to reduce the stress and recharge your physical batteries.  It doesn’t have to be something BIG just something you enJOY!
  • Try something NEW: What have you wanted to do that you never took time for?  Learn piano, go skydiving, try new food?    Start making a list of 10 things you would like to do NEW and mark them off like a bucket list.

Take the time to be with friends, new and old.  Make sure they fuel you with positive, not negative energy.

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