9 Practical Ways To Add More Joy To Your Days

There are so many pathways to increased happiness. For example, creativity, art, healthy living, good work, travelling and self-help, to name just a few. I was reminded recently of this lovely quote from the philosopher Jean Klein and I wanted to share it with you.

I hope you enjoy it.

‘The root of all desires is the one desire: to come home, to be at peace. There may be a moment in life when our compensatory activities, the accumulation of money, learning and objects, leaves us feeling deeply apathetic. This can motivate us towards the search for our real nature beyond appearances. We may find ourselves asking, ‘Why am I here? What is life? Who am I?’ Sooner or later any intelligent person asks these questions. What you are looking for is what you already are, not what you will become. What you already are is the answer and the source of the question. In this lies its power of transformation.’

Jean Klein (1912-1998)

Here are my 9 practical tips for adding more joy to your week

  1. Meditation is a life changing practice that will help you clear a space for joy to appear. Try 5-10 mins each morning before you look at your smart phone, tv or newspaper. Read my book. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat for guidance on getting started.
  2. Where possible limit your exposure to TV and newspapers to the amount you need in order to stay abreast of things. 
  3. Aromatherapy has real therapeutic benefits! Treat yourself to a lovely natural aromatherapy mist. Neom Organics happiness mist is my favourite. 
  4. Grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that psychology researchers at Utah University say boosts the immune system. Count your blessings at the end of every day and note them down to help gratitude become a regular feature of your personality. 
  5. Send a card to someone you like and let them know how much you enjoy your friendship. If you love words consider adding a poem for good measure. If you prefer the short and sweet approach, a quick ‘hey, have a fab week!’ will be just as warmly received. 
  6. Go outside on your lunch break and have a stretch, book into a yoga class or be active in anyway that suits you. Endorphins are free and natural. 
  7. Spend 30 mins outdoors in natural light each morning. Perhaps for you that means reading on your patio or walking in the park. 30 mins of natural light early in the day can even help you sleep better at night. 
  8. Drink plenty of water and eat healthily. If you aren’t sure how to eat healthily, treat yourself to a nutritional therapy book or borrow several from the library. If you know how to eat well but aren’t acting on it, consider taking my mindful eating course RELISH so that you can better navigate the psychology of eating well.
  9. Goethe says “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” And I think he’s right! Here below, are my three little glimmers of beauty for today, I hope you find them lovely and uplifting.

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A picture…

Monet

A poem

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45504/winter-trees

And a song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsRMjjpQRGk