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5 Ways to Find More Joy in Your Life – Even Now in Times of Fear and Chaos

1 Don’t Wait to Be Happy

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“There is no time like the present.” – Proverb

If you wait for something to happen to make you happy, you will wait for your whole life and find no joy.  If you delay a future event’s pleasure, you will miss countless opportunities for fun every day. Finding more joy means living in the present and appreciating the good you see around you.

Even amid global fear and chaos, there are opportunities for joy in your daily life.  Pay attention to the stories of kindness that people show, such as the sing-alongs from the neighborhood, the support shown to health care workers, and of people who come together to support each other.  Happiness is available, don’t stop waiting for it to find you and start looking for it every day.

2 Practice Gratitude

“It is not happiness that brings us gratitude.  It is gratitude that brings us happiness.” – Anonymous

When you practice gratitude, the world becomes a much happier place.  Even when things are difficult and seem to get out of hand, gratitude helps you maintain a positive mindset.  Being thankful for what you have improves your resilience to life’s obstacles.

Practicing gratitude means that you are grateful for both the good and bad things in life.  While it is easier to be thankful when something good happens, you can also be grateful for bad things because they are opportunities to remind yourself of what you have accomplished and what you can do in the future.  Bad things that happen in the world allow you to appreciate what you have and find ways to learn and grow to overcome obstacles.

3 Self-Care

“The most important relationship is with yourself.” – Diane von Furstenberg

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Don’t let what is happening in the world stop you from taking care of yourself.  Your self-esteem and mentality depend on self-care.  Simple pleasures, quiet moments, hobbies, and taking care of your health are ways to practice self-care, improve your emotional strength, and find more joy in life.

4 Surround Yourself with Positive People

“Surround yourself with positive people, and you will be a positive person.” – Kellie Pickler

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Who you spend time with influences how you see yourself and how you see the world. By surrounding yourself with positive people, you give your positive feelings about life an impulse.  Positive people help keep you on track, support you, and help you practice your gratitude.

Turn off the TV and internet news.  Read an inspiring book or watch a feel-good movie.  Find friends who support you and positively look at life.  By keeping negativity out of your life, you get away from fear and anxiety and go on your way to joy.

5 Stop Worrying

“You can destroy now by worrying about tomorrow.” – Janis Joplin

Most things people worry about never happen.  Concerns come from fears in your head about what might happen, not about what will happen.  Concerns are often about the worst-case scenario, which rarely happens.

And even if something terrible happens in the future, worry won’t stop or change. Anxiety focuses your attention on adverse outcomes, not on the possibilities for joy in your life.  You will find more joy when you stop worrying about the chaos in the world and focus on the goodness in your life.

Find more joy in your life by focusing on the goodness that surrounds you. Whatever happens in the world, your happiness and joy depend on having a positive outlook and mentality.  

ng terrible does happen in the future, worrying won’t stop or change it. Worry focuses your attention on negative outcomes, not on the opportunities for joy in your life.  You will find more joy when you stop worrying about the chaos in the world and focus on the goodness in your life.

Find more joy in your life by focusing on the good that surrounds you. No matter what is happening in the world, your happiness and joy depend on having a positive outlook and mindset.   

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