Route 66 Installment #55: JOY or OY!?Reading Time: 3 minutes
What is a true joy for me?
What results in frustration rather than elation?
As we head into the final month of 2022, these are two questions you should ask yourself.
Last month, I focused on “gratitude” and how we can examine the people, things, and situations for which we’re the most thankful.
But joy is different from gratitude. It’s that beautiful feeling when we do, think, or experience something that makes us happy.
It doesn’t have to be something huge.
In fact, I keep a list in Google Docs of “100 Things That Make Me Happy,” which includes weird and wonderful tidbits like:
- A really good Tito’s martini with bleu cheese olives and Dole canned pineapple in its own juice (but not consumed together)
- Listening to The English Beat singing “Tenderness”
- When my apartment (especially my closet) is clean and organized
- Writing — especially things like this that may help other people too
Of course, I have some big stuff on my list too, but as with gratitude, the tiny moments and things are essential. Whenever I’m down, I look at my list and do one of those activities or seek out the types of people who bring joy.
Very scary (and unjoyful) stats
Yikes! Not even extra olives can fix that.
If you can’t dig yourself out of a deep funk, seek professional help.
But, if you’re just having one of those temporary and nasty “Is That All There Is?” moments, shake it off and find your joy. (Please don’t watch the Peggy Lee video below if you feel blue! Look at the baby instead.)
In closing (or actually opening the holiday season and the onset of 2023…)
If you’re among the 25 percent who can’t remember what happiness feels like, I strongly recommend creating your own “100” list. Or, perhaps you can just start with 25 or 50.
You might find that the simple act of creating the list may make you a little more joyous!
Joyous links. Researching and sharing obscure facts also makes me happy!
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