In general, has there been a lot of joy in your life, that opening and swelling of the heart?
It might not have been the case, not because your life was particularly hard, but because of mental training. Many of us are so busy climbing the ladder of success that we take no time to enjoy the journey. Often as soon as we reach one goal we are onto the next “prize.”
How can you bring more joy to your life, even when you are very busy?
M. J. Ryan believes that joy and gratitude are inseparable. Joy is defined in the dictionary as an “emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires,” while gratitude is that “state of being appreciative of benefits received.”
In other words, whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.
Think about the wonderful things that are happening in your day-to-day existence.
Thinking this will allow joy to creep in. Think of all that you have accomplished today and celebrate each feat, no matter its size.
Adapted from Attitudes of Gratitude, by M. J. Ryan (Conari, 1999).