“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more in life there is to celebrate”
(- Oprah Winfrey)
My son had a birthday party recently.
It was screams and cake. Canon balls into the swimming pool and presents. Laughter and noise and energy and…connectedness.
It was a celebration.
Of a year gone by.
And, a year to come.
It was unabashed joy.
What is joy?
A friend sent me a TED talk on joy.
72 minutes later I turned on the radio, and a band was describing the reasons they’d chosen to write a song about joy.
[Yes, Universe, I am listening.]
What is it that you want us to hear? To do? To believe?
Perhaps it’s that you want us to know that joy is what we discover in the present moment vs. happiness…which is a feeling over time.
When psychologists use the word joy, what they mean is an intense, momentary experience of positive emotion — one that makes us smile and laugh and feel like we want to jump up and down. And this is actually a technical thing. That feeling of wanting to jump up and down is one of the ways that scientists measure joy. It’s different than happiness, which measures how good we feel over time. Joy is about feeling good in the moment, right now. And this was interesting to me because as a culture, we are obsessed with the pursuit of happiness, and yet in the process, we kind of overlook joy. – Ingrid Fetell Lee Where Joy Hides and How to Find It | TED talk
Perhaps it’s that you want us to live awake and with intention. To “…put ourselves in the path of joy more often” as Ingrid Fetell Lee explains.
And, there’s no doubt…you want us to believe in JOY. That intense, momentary feeling of positive emotion.
- An ideal parking place
- A cuddle from my son
- A high-quality ice cream
- A hot cup of coffee
- Seeing a friend in the hallway at work
- Trusting a colleague
- Welcoming my husband home after a trip
- Seeing the sun rise
- Settling into a good book after a long day
Feel no guilt about joy.
Grab these moments and savor them.
They are the lifeblood to our soul.