If it rains, put your ducky suit on and find some puddles. I don`t care how old you are! Most kids can easily lock into joy. After all, their needs are likely met, and the worst problem of the day might be the mound of broccoli on their dinner plates. If they’re lucky enough, they have parents who let them discover the world around them and explore their curious minds. These kids tumble into bed each night exhausted from a full day of playing hard. They aren’t thinking about how happy they are when their little eyes slam shut, they just are.
But what about us grown-ups? How do we experience joy? By that I mean, regularly enough for it to increase the serotonin levels in our brain so the slippery slope can’t gang up on us. Are we resilient enough to find that elusive happiness? With the many demands for our time, energy and resources, are we dedicating time to the important task of following our bliss?
Our friend Miriam Webster defines joy this way:
- the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: DELIGHT
- the expression or exhibition of such emotion : GAIETY
- a state of happiness or felicity : BLISS
- a source or cause of delight
A happy and satisfied life is about discovering joy, all the delight, gaiety, bliss and satisfaction possible. I think Miriam did a good job defining the word joy, but really, it’s more of a feeling than a word. How would one put words to that feeling? Each of us could have a go at describing what joy feels like. We can`t help but raise our vibration by that simple act.