Regain your joy. If you’re feeling flat or like you’re going through life on autopilot, it’s time to regain your joy. Transpersonal therapist and author Dr. Shannon South, LPC, ThD says joy is a state of consciousness that we can all access at any time. According to Dr. Shannon, “It’s different than happiness because happiness can depend on exterior circumstances. Joy is more about our true nature.” Even though we have it naturally, studies show that we can also train our brains to have more joy and to access it more quickly.
While finding joy is different for everyone, Dr. Shannon offers the following suggestions that work for many people.
- Mindfulness and reducing multitasking. Be fully present and allow yourself to experience the joy in each moment and in everything that you’re doing, no matter how big or small.
- Develop healthy relationships. Dr. Shannon says that women are so relationally-oriented that balanced and supportive relationships with friends and family can be key to living a joyful life.
- Get in your flow with some kind of creative project. If we can lose ourselves in a positive way in something, it’s really good for us. It lets us forget about our problems and remember the good stuff.
Finding our joy isn’t just important for ourselves. It affects everything and everyone around us. If we’re filled with joy and know how to tap into it, the effects will carry over to our relationships, our work and our service to others.
Learn how to find out what your level of joy is as well as ways we lose it in 6 Ways To Regain Your Joy: And How to Keep from Losing It In the First Place