30 Ways to Create Joy in Your Life

You can create the life you want by focusing on three simple ideas: joy, mindfulness, and connection. Your heart is warmed by joy, your mind is quieted by mindfulness, and your arms outstretched to connect. How will you warm your heart with joy today? Here are 30 suggestions:

Grow joyful through obstinacy (I will be joyful!).
Grow joyful by embracing joy.
Grow joyful by dreaming again.
Grow joyful by opening to wonder.
Grow joyful through laughter.
Grow joyful by opening to mystery.
Grow joyful through surrender.
Grow joyful through accomplishment.
Grow joyful through intimacy.
Grow joyful by breaking free.
Grow joyful by exploring.
Grow joyful by playing.
Grow joyful in conversation.
Grow joyful with the new day.
Grow joyful with friends.
Grow joyful through forgetfulness.
Grow joyful among children.
Grow joyful by relaxing.
Grow joyful by singing.
Grow joyful by indulging in small pleasures.
Grow joyful by opening to fascination.
Grow joyful by giving thanks.
Grow joyful by creating.
Grow joyful by living your principles.
Grow joyful through renewed hope.
Grow joyful by manifesting your loving nature.
Grow joyful in nature.
Grow joyful by embracing life.
Grow joyful this very day.

Adapted from Everyday You, by Eric Maisel (Conari Press, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by Eric Maisel. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Everyday You, by Eric Maisel (Conari Press, 2007).

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Laura Saxon
Past Member 2 years ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo2 years ago

Thank you ! :)

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

Joy is very often up to ourselves if we wish to feel it

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U.2 years ago

Thank you - I start it from now - very good idea !

Sheri J.
Sheri J.3 years ago

In the 2007 movie, The Bucket List, Morgan Freeman’s character tells Jack Nicholson’s character that in ancient Egypt the believed when they died the gods would ask them two questions before allowing them to enter in Heaven:

(1) Have you found joy in your life?
(2) Has your life brought joy to others?

Now ask yourselves that same 2 questions :-)

Sheri J.
Sheri J.3 years ago

Go outdoors and be around nature to get some fresh air and vitamin D. People who are often around nature feel more rejuvenated, uplifted, positive, relaxed, all those good things. When you are connected to the earth, you won't feel like you are "lost".