As much as we try to hide or push past it, after years of political instability, racial unrest, a pandemic and all the other things that come with day-to-day life, we are tired. Not only are we tired, but it’s also getting harder and harder to find joy in our lives – and. The universe knows we could use lots more of it. Now this doesn’t mean that we’re all walking around sad, angry and bitter, we’re too fly for that, but it does mean that we need to be more intentional about releasing the heaviness and letting in the light.
On The Suga podcast this week, Tika mentioned that one of her recent mantra’s has been “Live in the joy,” and as soon as those words left her mouth, we felt it in our spirits. While it may seem difficult to live in the joy with everything going on, adding more happiness into your life is far from an impossible task. Simple affirmations and acts of kindness are just two of the many ways you can intentionally become more blissful about your life right now.
Join us in the challenge to live in the joy every day for the next 28 days by following these helpful tips. Hopefully by the end you’ll find that joyful living is closer and easier than you think.
One thing that can suck the life out of, well, life, is having a lack of boundaries. It’s easy to fall into a pattern over overextending ourselves in both our personal and professional lives, which leaves us feeling taken advantage of, resentful and run down. We have to be intentional about unapologetically creating boundaries for ourselves and others, and sticking to them. Doing this may seem difficult and a bit selfish at first, but overtime it sets the stage for healthy, happy relationships and that increases the quality of our lives.
Keep A Joy Journal
The idea of keeping a joy journal sounds simple enough, but many people never actually stop to think about what really makes them happy and brings them joy. Is it spending time with friends? Drinking your morning cup of coffee? Taking stock of these moments in your joy journal and analyzing how you feel in the moment can help shift your energy and alter your perspective on how you handle and react to day to day life.
Bring Joy to Someone Else
You might be thinking that the last thing you want to do in your quest for joy is add something else to your already full plate, but studies have proven that carrying out small acts of kindness each day significantly increases happiness. These acts of kindness don’t need to time or labor intensive, or even as grand as working with a major organization. Use something that brings you joy to bring joy to others. If you like to bake, bring cookies to a local hospital staff or a coworker who has been down. Or compliment the first person you speak to each day, run an errand for a busy friend or leave a generous tip for your server at brunch. These small acts are sure to put a smile on your face, and many others.
Add Some Color to Your Home
These days we are spending more time than usual in our homes, so it’s only right that we make our sanctuaries feel good. Everyone knows that vibrant colors somehow make you feel more joyful and friendly, and have a positive effect on your mood. Adding color to your home doesn’t have to involve painting walls and buying new furniture. You can do something simple like add fun throw pillows from Unwrp to your bed or sofa, artwork from Reyna Noriega that showcases sisterhood to your walls or chic dinnerware from Karen Jai Home to your table – all Black-owned brands. It’s a win-win.
Actually Live in the Joy
There are a multitude of ways one can add joy into their lives like buying houseplants or reciting daily affirmations, but it is often the ordinary moments that we tend to overlook. Small moments like inhaling the scent from your favorite candle, listening to nature outside of your window or drinking your morning cup of tea. We often get so focused on all the tasks we have ahead of us, that we let these joyful moments pass without acknowledging how pleasurable they actually are. Learning to savor these moments definitely takes some practice, but once you learn how to not be distracted and how to be present enough to live in the joy, you’ll find yourself surrounded by happiness.