Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Joy Journal: Do Something

All things come to an end and it’s time to wrap up the Joy Journal series. In the last several posts, I’ve shared very specific things I do to fill my joy tank: eliminate negative people, celebrate positive people, engage in happy behaviors, and prioritize time away. I think the best way to conclude is to discuss how to sustain a lifestyle of joy. This requires effort on your part though. It requires you to do something.

A lot of times people feel as though they don’t have options. They’re in a dead end job. They’re dissatisfied in their relationship. They hate where they live. Their life doesn’t feel like it belongs to them at all. Rather than a series of personal choices and outcomes, life feels like a bunch of reactions to situations outside themselves. Perhaps they don’t make any changes because they feel powerless to do so. Some seek professional help, which is always a good idea. However, for some it's not to learn skills to manage life, but to be rescued from their life. Unfortunately, no one can do the work of living your life but you. To live effectively and joyfully you need to start taking back control.
If you don't like your life, change it. Most things you can't control but there are always a few things you can. The biggest take home should be that you can't wait for wonderfulness to happen to you. If you wait for happy feelings to hit you, you'll be waiting a long time. Sometimes you have to decide how you want to feel and diligently seek a lifestyle that supports it. A happy life is yours. Sustained joy is yours. But it requires something of you. It requires you to do something.

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