Life will provide many unpredictable moments. Despite it all, we have the power to shape our reality through our attitude and mindset. Simply put, we can choose joy or we can choose misery. However, if we want to create a fulfilling, rich, happy life, we can choose joy and happiness daily.
First let’s be very clear, if you suffer from depression and anxiety, it feels impossible to “will” yourself into a state of mind that affirms joy and happiness. As such, know that when you seek and choose to get professional help for your mental well-being, you are choosing joy and happiness.
With that in mind, let’s explore some positive and productive tips and strategies that will help you develop the skill to draw happiness into your life daily. Walking the path of fulfillment can be joyful.
That joy is enhanced when we learn to manage the full spectrum of emotions, build resilience, and get to a state of peace without falling into the trap of toxic positivity.
Why Choose Joy and Happiness Daily?
No one wants to live in angst and sorrow. And even as I share these words, I know some of you are thinking of someone you know who is dead set on being unhappy.
To that I say, people choose despair because they don’t know how to get happy. They don’t have the skillset or any strategy they use to pull themselves out of melancholy or despondency. Hence, instead, they sit in their misery not knowing that joy and peace are possible.
And what is joy in life? Joy is knowing the power we have to create the life we want to live. Many will say that to experience growth and development we must suffer and endure pain and sorrow.
But the truth is we do not grow because of pain and suffering. We grow through joy and ever-increasing hope in the face of adversity, sorrow, and pain. Joy is knowing there is always hope.
Choose Joy and Happiness and align with the Frequency of Abundance
Moreover, we choose joy daily to maintain and align with the frequency of abundance. If we commit to our personal and soul evolution long enough, we will discover a truth we can’t deny–the energy we emit attracts similar energies into our lives.
When we consciously choose joy as our guiding force daily, we align with the frequency of abundance. Abundance can’t be solely measured in material possessions.
But rather, abundance encompasses a holistic synthesis of fulfillment, prosperity, and purpose. When we choose happiness and joy, we continuously access and develop a mindset that attracts productivity, gratitude, and infinite possibilities to manifest abundance in all domains of our lives.
Choosing Joy and happiness helps us transcend external circumstances
Oftentimes, what has prevented us from manifesting our dream life has not been our external circumstances. On the contrary, what has often prevented us from reaching our goals, becoming more confident, and manifesting our dreams has been our internal circumstances.
And this is what makes choosing joy and happiness daily so empowering. Transcending our internal circumstances is not an automatic response but a conscious decision to focus on the good in life even amidst challenges.
Joy and happiness can shift our mindset
When we embrace joy, we shift our perspective and amplify our awareness of the blessings that surround us. Gratitude becomes our guiding light, and we recognize the abundance of blessings that is right in front of us.
This shift in mindset opens up channels for greater opportunities, connections, and synchronicities to flow into our lives, aligning us with the infinite possibilities of good that the universe holds.
Joy and abundance resonate
Moreover, the frequency of joy emits a powerful vibration that resonates with the frequency of abundance. Just as a radio station tunes into a specific frequency to receive a clear signal, so does the universe respond to the frequency of joy.
By choosing joy and happiness, we raise our energetic vibration and magnetize abundance toward us. Our positive state of being becomes a beacon, attracting experiences, relationships, and resources that support our growth and expansion. Through this alignment, we co-create with the universe, dancing in the harmony of abundance and joy, and witnessing the manifestation of our deepest desires.
Once more, the energy of joy and happiness becomes a magnet, attracting synchronicities, connections, and opportunities that support and serve our well-being on the path of fulfillment and purpose.
This being the case, yes, through self-development and personal growth, we learn happiness is a choice. We discover we can grieve the loss of someone or something, we can experience failure when we’ve tried, and still, our overall state of being is that of happiness, love, prosperity, and peace.
Choosing joy and happiness empowers us to see the world through a lens of love and beauty. To intentionally live our lives in this manner, we must develop resilience. Resilience is an ability and skill that helps us rise above setbacks and remain joyful.
Ultimately, when we choose joy, we choose the path of fulfillment and well-being.
Bad Days and Emotions
So, what about the bad days? You know, those days when the clouds seem darker and your emotions are all over the place. Does it mean you should turn a blind eye to your grief or pretend everything is okay when it’s not?
Not. The last thing we want to do is fall into the trap of toxic positivity and pretend as if everything is “awesome” when we don’t feel “awesome” at all.
An article entitled, The Dangers of Toxic Positivity, from Pineland’s Recovery Center of Medford, a leading treatment center for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, discourages excessive positivity when it denies our emotions.
According to the treatment center, “relentlessly focusing on the positive, such as the things you should be grateful for, without validating your challenges or misfortunes” is a form of Toxic Positivity.
Toxic positivity only suppresses your emotions, it doesn’t make you happy
Therefore, what is toxic positivity?
Our ability to regulate our emotions plays a critical role in our mental health, physical health, and overall well-being.
Feel your way to joy and happiness
To this effect, we may feel pressured to “talk positive talk” even when we don’t feel it. There is no need to force it. We can allow ourselves to feel sad, angry, or scared when things are tough.
What’s more important is to give ourselves some time to process these emotions and find strength in our vulnerability.
Accordingly, we can navigate our emotions with grace, finding a more positive and productive outlook and forging ahead with hope in mind and spirit.
Giving ourselves grace helps us process and healthily deal with our emotions.
Believe in Good
And even though, we may experience adversity, it is crucial to our well-being to believe in good. When we believe in good we exact an unwavering belief in the inherent goodness that resides within our universe.
That goodness provides our souls with what we need to grow, to evolve.
Therefore, we can hold to the truth we can draw wisdom and purpose from our experiences in life–that’s “the good.” And no matter how challenging, sorrowful, or painful a life event may be, we can recover–that’s “the good.”
By believing in good, we build resilience, shift our focus to the field of infinite possibilities, and open our hearts to the miracles right in front of us.
As we live and evolve despite adversity and diligently choose joy daily, we attract more “good” to our lives. We don’t have to wait for the perfect moment or the perfect day. We create them.
Practical Wisdom to Guide Us Up the Path of Joy and Happiness
Speaking of creating, let’s dive into the 8 practical wisdom strategies to guide us up the path of joy:
Gratitude: Look for things to be grateful for
Gratitude is about actively searching for things in our lives to appreciate and be thankful for.
As a mindfulness practice, looking for things to appreciate in our lives becomes a treasure hunt. And during this treasure hunt, we focus on finding the good things, even the small ones, that bring joy and positivity into our days.
Instead of dwelling on what we lack or what went wrong, we shift our attention to the blessings and miracles in our lives.
If we actively seek out things to be grateful for, we train our minds to notice the abundance and beauty in our lives. As a result, we experience a sense of contentment and happiness. To do this, we can keep a gratitude journal to document all the things we are grateful for each day.
Surround Yourself with Supportive Souls
Ah, the company we keep! Not only is it a great practice to seek out things to be grateful for, but we must seek those who uplift and inspire us. When we choose to be around people who support us, cheer for our progress, have faith in our dreams, and remind us of our inner beauty, we create a wonderful and harmonious support system.
It’s like being part of a joyful orchestra where everyone plays their unique instruments, creating beautiful music that touches our hearts.
When we surround ourselves with these supportive souls, we can uplift, encourage, and inspire each other. We become a part of a community (a fam) that believes in us and helps us grow.
Create sacred life moments
We must make time for the activities that set our souls ablaze and make our hearts sing. Dive into the pages of a captivating book, walk along nature’s trails, or lose yourself and dance like no one is watching.
Even when things get chaotic, it is wise to create sacred life moments. These moments are little reminders of our inner essence and what makes us unique.
Again, no matter how hectic life gets, we can intentionally create these meaningful moments. It could be as simple as taking a deep breath and appreciating the beauty of nature, or pausing to reflect on our thoughts and emotions. In these precious moments, we rediscover our authentic selves, our values, and what brings us joy and happiness.
Focus on the present moment
We have a choice in how we approach life. We don’t have to dwell on what has already happened or worry excessively about what might happen in the future.
However, we can focus on the present moment–fully show up for ourselves. When we constantly think about the past, replaying events or mistakes over and over again in our minds, we’re ruminating. It’s like getting stuck in a loop of negative thoughts that prevents us from fully experiencing the present.
On the other hand, when we catastrophize, we constantly imagine the worst-case scenarios about what might happen in the future, filling our minds with anxiety and fear. But the truth is, all we have is this very moment, right now.
If we let go of regrets from the past and release our worries about the future, we can focus on the present fully. And we can implement mindfulness techniques to redirect our attention to the present moment.
With a mindfulness practice, you will not only release worry and regret, but you will also learn how to show up for yourself and the people you love in your life.
Nurture Your Soul for Joy and Happiness
We can nurture our souls through the practice of radical self-care. Radical self-care is an act of devotion to your radiant soul. Be sure to make time for activities that replenish your spirit.
We can take part in exercises and movements that honor and appreciate the miraculous nature of our bodies. These movements can be careful and soothing and a reminder of the incredible things our bodies can do.
Additionally, through meditation, we will find solace throughout the day. As we allow stillness to cleanse our minds and bring a sense of calm, we remain in alignment with joy and happiness.
Develop a growth mindset for confidence, joy, and happiness
To experience confidence, joy, and happiness, it’s essential to transform your mindset from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. But, how does this transformative process help us experience joy and happiness daily?
Creative empowerment, which encompasses confidence and competency, leads to a sense of fulfillment.
Nevertheless, when we talk about creative empowerment, we refer to the ability to tap into our unique creative potential, express ourselves authentically, and explore new possibilities.
Developing a growth mindset helps us face challenges, learn from failures, and see setbacks as setups for growth and personal development. As we adopt this mindset, our confidence grows, and our competency in various areas of life increases.
Subsequently, we become more resilient, adaptable, and open to new experiences, leading us to a path of greater fulfillment and joy.
Find Magic in Simplicity
Though life can often feel complicated and overwhelming at times, we can choose simplicity. By simplifying our lives, we create space for clarity, peace, and contentment.
We can lead a simple, beautiful, and peaceful life as we remove unnecessary drama, and focus on healing from past traumas.
With a simple life, we can better navigate the ebb and flow of living. And thus, we have the mental and emotional and mental bandwidth where our focus can shift to what truly matters—deep connections, inner fulfillment, and genuine joy.
In addition, we also have the creative bandwidth for artistic expression, creative problem-solving, and creating the life we want to live. And by creating this mental and spiritual space in our lives, we feel more competent and confident.
Execute the power of kindness and compassion
Kindness and compassion are powerful forces. When we are kind to others, we not only make them feel good, but we also boost our own happiness and well-being.
Acts of kindness can be as simple as holding the door for your neighbor who has her hands full. It can also be as life-impacting as volunteering your time to help others or speaking out against injustice.
Compassion and kindness create a sense of community and belonging and empowers us to build stronger and more supportive relationships. When we are kind, we feel good about ourselves, and this feeling will boost our self-esteem and confidence.
To this effect, if you want to live a more joyful life, make sure to practice kindness and compassion. It’s a simple thing to do, but it can have an immense impact on your life and the lives of others.
Reflect, Adapt, and Thrive
The three words “Reflect, Adapt, and Thrive” can be a helpful framework for living a more happy life.
Use daily journaling to reflect on your values, goals, and what brings you joy. Make a list of the things that are most important to you. Then, be honest about what you want to achieve in life. And be clear about what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. Taking the time to reflect on these things can help you to live a more intentional and meaningful life.
Yes, we hate to hear it but we must discover effective ways to adapt to change well still prioritizing our well-being, maintaining our values, and staying true to our authentic selves. The one thing that’s inevitable and that is change.
As a result, it’s important to be able to adapt to new circumstances. This doesn’t mean that you have to like change, but it does mean that you need to be able to roll with the punches and find ways to make the best of any situation.
Set the intent to thrive. Not just get by or survive, but to thrive in your current circumstances. No matter what your life circumstances are, there are always things that you can do to thrive.
However, we won’t thrive if we don’t make our well-being our priority in life. When you focus on thriving, you will experience more joy and happiness.
Joy and Happiness–A Remarkable Journey in Abundance and Fulfillment
Finally, when you get right down to it, choosing joy and happiness on our path of life, is a journey of self-discovery and self-recovery. It is a journey to “know thyself” in a more specific way.
Wherefore, choose joy. Walk this life in gratitude. Choose to navigate challenges with grace. Honor the authentic journey.
We can choose an unwavering belief in the goodness that exists within and around us.
And we can be sure when we choose joy and happiness, we are choosing a life of purpose, fulfillment, and peace.