How adding small joys improves your life.

As I continue to publish podcast episodes, I have noticed there is a lot of excitement that goes into these and I am enjoying sharing so much of what has helped me on my journey. Last week I again went over why creating a list of joys can be so beneficial to your wellbeing, that this very simple act of starting small and building can have a domino effect on your life. When you are struggling or just aren’t feeling quite like you know yourself and are doing things for yourself, to fuel your happiness, to achieve your joy, to power your life, it can be difficult to sustain big changes. It becomes very easy to fall back into the old habits when you don’t first learn how to take the small steps to building new habits, both mental and physical habits. And quite simply, you can improve your life by adding small joys and that is a huge win.

What I found was that by stepping back and deciding to make small changes, I was more likely to continue what I had started and getting started was as easy as writing out things I enjoyed and then adding those things to my day. I often start my day with coffee in hand, sitting outside, getting some sunlight, and reading a book – this is not how my days used to start, but now I have this beautiful moment to start my day and it tends to follow me the rest of my day.

Soon this beautiful thing happens, I notice more lovely moments in my day. I am more open to truly and actually stopping to smell the roses, I notice if I see a cool cloud that looks like a turtle, I become more focused on the way a song makes me feel and it carries to how I treat and talk to myself. I am more forgiving of myself, I am more curious about the way I behave and why certain things make me feel a certain way, and I have naturally stopped condemning myself for how I feel. There was actually a study done recently that said it is really detrimental for you to affect and judge your emotional reactions as negative or wrong. Hear me out, you get to feel what you feel, you are not wrong for feeling something – you do have a choice what you do with it from there, how long you dwell there, and if it is a way you don’t want to react you do have the responsibility to be more aware and work on yourself. This simple act though of adding and paying attention to the small joys in your day-to-day life starts to shift where you focus and improve your mood.

Once you start working on your list of small joys I believe you will see this kindness towards yourself happen much more naturally and you will begin to feel lighter but in the meantime start to reframe your thinking by leaning into your so-call negative emotions. Ask questions to yourself, lean into understanding you, become much more curious about who you are and why you behave the ways you do.

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