oy is so important in our lives. It’s essential to our personal development. It is something that we should all be making space for in our lives - no matter how busy a lifestyle we may lead. The boundaries that prevent us from experiencing joy aren’t always clear. This guide outlines three simple ways to eliminate these boundaries and make more space for joy.
Get out in nature
There are numerous studies that have found a positive link between happiness and spending time in nature. For instance, in this study, participants were asked to score their wellbeing - those that spent 120 hours or more per week in nature gave higher scores than those that didn’t.
There are many ideas as to why nature could have this effect on the brain. It could be that it is instinctually hardwired into us - for thousands of years, early man didn’t have buildings to provide shelter or sidewalks to walk on. It could be that trees provide us with a fresh source of oxygen and that the sunlight provides us with vitamin D - things that are harder to get indoors or in a city.
If you spend a lot of time indoors or in urban environments, it could be time to start scheduling some nature time. This could be a hike in your local forest or a walk in your local park. The key is to regularly take a break from man-made structures and technology.
Practicing gratitude can be another way of bringing joy. This involves being thankful for things we have instead of yearning for the things we don’t have.
Studies have shown that gratitude can bring increased feelings of joy. One study measured the mental health results of three groups undertaking counselling: one group was asked to write gratitude letters as an exercise, another group was asked to write about a negative experience, and the third group was asked to write nothing at all. The results found that the group who wrote gratitude letters reported significantly better mental health 4 weeks and 12 weeks after their writing exercise than the other groups.
You can start practicing gratitude by taking time at the end of each day to think of two concrete things that you’re thankful for. This could be a simple and easy step to a more positive life.
Spend daily time living your purpose
You can also make space for joy in your life by living your purpose. ‘But what is my purpose?’, you may be asking. It’s that effortless thing that you can do that brings a smile to your face or a sense of accomplishment to your heart. It could be reading, volunteering, painting, running, playing a musical instrument, cooking or any other activity or hobby.
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