Life is busy. At some points in our lives, it feels more like a roller coaster ride than it does a joyful stroll in the garden. While sometimes you just have to deal with life whizzing by at warp speed, there are also times when you need to stop and smell the roses – even if it’s just for a short moment during your busy day.
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I’ve heard the term ‘joy jolt’ applied to the small things in life which make us happy. When I came upon this term several years ago, it hit me like a bolt of lightening. You know, that blinding flash of the obvious in which your attitude gets an immediate readjustment.
I was at a point in my life where I so busy that I wasn’t enjoying life, work, or unfortunately, my family. I had too many things on my plate and no time to enjoy anything. I was over-worked, stressed out, and exhausted. And I was unhappy and feeling sorry for myself.
Perhaps you can relate.
The realization for me was this: The big things in life don’t come around often enough so we need to look for ways to enjoy the little things in life.
That’s it. What a simple concept. And one that I’d been ignoring for years while I waited on “big things” and “big events” as the definition of happiness. I decided that I’d been an idiot, but that I didn’t have to remain one.
Joy is in the little things
At that point I began to purposely find something each day to enjoy – even if just for a moment. While I was still overworked and exhausted, knowing that I could infuse a little joy into each day made a huge difference in my happiness.
So what kind of things made a difference?
Small things, mostly. I found a delicious smelling body wash that I enjoyed every morning in the shower (let’s just say that I found LOTS of happiness in the local Bath and Body Works store!). Why just settle for clean when I could also indulge my senses and feel pampered? After all, a girl has to bathe.
I made it a practice to pick up the book on my nightstand and read – even just a page or two – before falling asleep. I started picking up a cheap bundle of flowers at the local Humongo-mart and putting them where I could enjoy them.
Those things didn’t cost a lot of money but they saved me a fortune in therapy bills (and I’m sure my family found them worth every penny!)
What brings YOU joy?
The trick is for you to think about the things that make YOU happy. What do you enjoy? What do you miss most? What would make you feel pampered or special? Your list won’t be the same as your friend’s list, and that’s okay. The point is to intentionally bring moments of joy into your life on a regular basis.
While I can’t make your list for you (although I do have some suggestions), I can tell you this: Your busiest day is probably the day that you’re most in need of a joy jolt. Find your joy – indulge in it. You’re worth it and I can guarantee that it’s a cheap form of therapy.
This is a practice I still engage in every day. Right now I’m enjoying a wonderful scented candle we picked up at the Circle E candle shop in Fredericksburg. And I keep the essential oil diffuser on my desk running constantly. The citrus blossom smell is wonderful and it makes just enough white noise to help filter out other distractions. It’s an indulgence I enjoy that makes work more pleasant.
I figure that even if I’m working, there’s no reason for it to be a drudge.
If you found this helpful, please post it to your favorite Pinterest board and share it with your friends. We all need to be reminded to make the effort daily to look for little ways to bring joy into our lives.
So what’s your favorite joy jolt?