Why Joy is essential for resilience
I am convinced that people who are joyful are stronger, more creative, and more hopeful than those who are not.
It does not imply that everything in their lives is going well; rather, it indicates that they have trained their minds to draw strength from the positives rather than the negatives.
Joy is a muscle that can be developed.
You must choose to express it; the more you do, the easier it becomes. This puts you in control of your mood, allowing you to rise above adversity by not allowing it to affect the quality of your mood and emotions. Joy is essentially the force field that helps pole through the mundane and difficult.
So, if we want to improve our resilience, we need to start training our joy muscles:
First and foremost, I believe we must learn to rejoice. Rejoicing is simply celebrating the small and large things that lift our spirits. This could be cup of coffee you delight in, embracing a compliment, to whatever else. The point to remember is that your life at any stage is worth celebrating.
Secondly, start practising the art of being careless. This is not an excuse to abandon your responsibilities, but it’s vital that we make room for regular play.
So dance like no one is watching, laugh without reserve, and fully immerse yourself in the moment without worrying about what others may think because being overly self-conscious is detrimental to your authentic self.
Finally, connect with everything and everyone that inspires you. It could be art, a conversation, nature, or music. Whatever you do to lift yourself up, make sure to pour into that cup on a daily basis – you don’t have to deserve it, this is simply your birthright.
So, I believe that by cultivating our joy, we can strengthen our resilience and thrive in adverse or difficult circumstances with greater grace.
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