Written by: Nev Amp, Practice Consultant, Rural Alive & Well
What do you picture when I say the word joy?
When I Googled images for joy, I was met with random groups of people jumping in unison, arms high in the air, and a perfect sunset in the background.
As a society we’ve been conditioned to believe that joy is some weird blissed-out state, unicorns, rainbows, skipping kids, sunny days etc. So it’s no wonder we are a little lost in this search for joy.
Reality is, joy is one of many emotions that we can experience. Whilst some of the things I mentioned above can evoke feelings of joy, the emotion itself is not all unicorns and rainbows.
Contrary to popular belief, joy can actually feel uncomfortable. Whenever you are focusing on something that gives your life meaning, and ignites a fire in your belly, you are experiencing joy.
When you pursue these things, it’s joy that pushes you to work harder, try harder, be willing to make mistakes and pick yourself up again after a failure.
So what are some ways you can start to cultivate more joy in your life?
Life is messy, challenging and painful. That is inevitable.
However, the more focus we give to our negative life situations, the more we will be left feeling exhausted, resentful and fearful. The choice on how to respond to challenges is in your hands.