Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
Joy is not just a word used during the holiday season. Joy is a something we all need in our lives 365 days a year. The word joy comes from the Latin word gaudere which means “rejoice” — which means to show great delight.
Today’s intention, joy, is to find the happiness and good in what you have to be thankful for in your life right now. It’s about finding your true happiness.
You may be thinking if being happy is so easy, why are so many people so miserable? The reason so many people are unhappy is because they are always searching outside of themselves for what brings them happiness.
If you regularly require other people’s approval, you’ll never find happiness in loving yourself.
If you typically expect things to bring you happiness instead of finding pleasure in the things you have already available to you.
If you constantly worry that you’re not living your life’s passion, you’ll never truly find it.
(By the way, here’s an amazing TED Talk by Terri Trespicio called, “Stop Searching for Your Passion.”)
We can embrace more joy in our lives by small acts such as starting a new hobby, having kind conversations with yourself, and volunteering to a cause that helps others.
Being in service to ourselves and others is where our real joy begins.
How will you discover the joy within yourself?
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