The joy of life is the key to success.
Scientific research shows that people who are able to enjoy life on a daily basis, without having any particular expectations – easily achieve success both in personal and professional life.
On the other hand, those who believe that they can find happiness only through their achievements, sooner or later find out, that the road to success and happiness has nothing to do with what we can accomplish in life.
The joy of being alive and experiencing ourselves on many different levels is our sought after and longed for true reward.
All of us are born naturally curious about life, and inherently joyful. Yet many of us lose our joy due to various circumstances: personal experiences, social or financial predicaments or subconscious negative programming. Some belief systems recommend denying our innate joyous nature and promote suffering instead.
Life is not our enemy. Life can be our best friend.
Nobody is able to maintain the state of happiness while running away from what life has to offer. Every day presents a new opportunity to accept and appreciate our unique experiences – eagerly, with courage, dignity and joy. Each experience is a gift: it lets us grow, and learn who we truly are.
Life is precious. Life is beautiful. We are living our unique life story. One in billions. It is important to remember that, no matter what.
The acceptance of ourselves and appreciation of life needs to first come from within: despite our circumstances, the state of our finances or physical health, or anything that seems to stand in the way of our satisfaction with life and ourselves.
Learning joy of life equals learning how to trust that all is well, just the way it is. All is well today; all will be well tomorrow and every day. What we are living through right now – is simply another experience. This experience can help us grow. When we grow, we learn the true value of each experience. And when we appreciate each experience equally – we know how to succeed in life.
Those who cannot be happy themselves – won’t help us succeed in life. Why is it then that we often listen to those who cannot be happy themselves, criticizing others and everything around, coveting what others have, ridiculing and complaining?
There is a simple way to reprogram our thinking, allowing us to return to our natural joy of life.
Every day find three things for which you can be grateful. You don’t have to look for anything big, but for the smallest, simple things: somebody’s pleasant smile, a good breakfast, your soft blanket, or the shiny stars. Thank for them yourself, other people, God, the Universe – whomever or whatever you treasure in your heart, depending on your beliefs. However, the trick is to appreciate something different each day.
Start a notebook in which you will record on a daily basis the 3 things you appreciate.
Begin with: “I am rejoicing today….” And then specify what and why you are grateful for.
Every day take a 5 to10-minute break from your work or routine to joyfully dance, run, jump – or anything that will make you out of breath. Such brief, joyful physical exercise raises the levels of serotonin in the brain – a chemical responsible for our good feeling. It helps us to deal with worries and depression. However, do not exceed the required 5 to 10 – minutes. Any strenuous, longer exercise will make you exhausted and lower your hormone levels – making you feel down. For the purpose of elevating your mood – 5 to 10 minutes of joyous movement is enough.
Each day find 10-20 minutes in a quiet space, where you can relax. The best way is to sit quietly in a garden, or a park, to be in nature. If that’s not possible, any other peaceful place will serve the purpose. It could be your bedroom, where you feel safe. Close your eyes and stay still. You can put your headphones on and listen to the sounds of nature, ocean waves or some other soothing sounds that help you relax.
While you are listening to the sounds of nature with your eyes closed, your brain switches to alpha waves. In such a state, your brain can be easily programmed for a positive way of thinking: joyous and appreciative of life. (See also: 6-Minute Quick Meditation To get The Life You Want)
Refrain yourself from watching or reading news about tragedies, natural disasters, wars, crime scenes etc. for 6 weeks. After that time, your brain switches to a joyful approach to life. And if you persist with this method for 6 months, your new habit becomes your lifestyle, and you become a person who is full of the joy of life.