Happiness Blog July 29, 2019

When we commit acts of kindness, we increase our own joy and the joy of others. This week, reflect on an act of giving that would increase your joy and bring joy into someone else’s life. It can be a random act of kindness, such as buying a stranger a cup of coffee or paying the toll for the car behind you on a toll road. It could be volunteering or sending a thoughtful message to a friend. Another way to spread joy is by having a week of kindness on your social media or taking a day to post only positive things. You can also send a DM to people whose content you enjoy. The goal is to give. (read more…)

Happiness Blog July 22, 2019

Emotions can be contagious. The more people in our lives who are genuinely happy, the more likely we are to feel happiness. The same goes for joy. Look at the people in your life and ask yourself, do they seem joyful? It does not need to be Pollyanna level joy, but they do need to register to you as joyful. As you do this, ask yourself: how did these people come to be in your life? What type of people are you attracted to? To be clear, you can be dark and still have a sense of joy. Having a dark sense of humor or fighting for social good does not mean a person is joyless. (read more…)

Happiness Blog July 15, 2019

We have all had times of joy in our life, even if they were only the briefest of moments. Feeling joy and catching joyful moments is an important part of increasing overall happiness and well-being. Attending to our joyful moments allows us to take notice of what brings us joy. Once we are aware of what brings us joy, we can actively seek it out. In week one of July, we did a bit of reflecting on what brings us joy. This week, we are going to dig even deeper, looking back over our lives for those joyful moments. Looking back can often help us remember who we are and how we came to be where we are. (read more…)

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