Studies show a toddler will laugh an average of 200 times a day. But, by the time he becomes an adult, he will only crack a smile 6 times daily. What will happen? Most likely, he will get steamrolled by the pressures of life. A rare few know how to find joy through faith in God, enjoying the simple things in life, and making family time a priority and not getting caught up in materialism.
If this is a personal struggle for you, here are 10 ways to bring joy back into your life:
Over time we become maxed out in capacity. It leaves us stressed and unable to be productive. Streamline your life on occasion the same as you would that closet. Drop the things you are holding on to that are no longer necessary or fit who you are. Time is limited and so are you. Simplify your priorities.
At times, we tend to only see the negative around us. Let’s gain a new perspective and really start picking out all the blessings we have been given. Joy surrounds us even at our darkest moments. Open your senses and receive it. Cultivate an attitude of thankfulness.
During any season, no matter where you are, nature is a great place to go to experience joy. Go hiking, ride a bike, or if you are married, simply walk hand in hand with your beautiful wife. Get outside and fill your spirit and lungs with this amazing creation we call earth.
One thing children are very good at is finding ways to have fun. Get in there and mix it up with your kids. Make funny noises. Laugh at ridiculous things.
We are not all fortunate enough to make a living doing a job we feel deep passion about. Find your passion elsewhere. What makes you come alive? Carve out time to do it.
6. Let It Go
Worries can be awfully heavy. Work on the things that are in your control. Do what you can do and let your worries go.
Make time to pursue friendships on a regular basis. Try to find people you can be open with. Life is meant to be shared.
When you have challenges in your life, realize that it is an opportunity for growth. Use those moments to strengthen your character and resolve.
Get your blood pumping by being active. Go throw the football outside with your son. Take your daughter to get ice cream after dinner and then window shop. Work out. Take a walk.
I believe we have a Father in heaven who loves us. One who cares for us just as you do with your own children, in fact, even more so. Try talking to God about your life. Seek His will for your direction and purpose.
What, in your life, brings you joy?