Acts of Joy

December 10, 2016

I am so pleased to introduce Erin, who has this week’s second post in LemonadePress’s Joy Series. (First post can be found here) Erin is an incredibly sweet, driven, and hard working individual who shines joy in all she does. If you haven’t seen her blog yet, I would highly recommend following her as well as on Instagram!

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Hi all, my name is Erin, and I’m the voice behind Live Life Inspired (ig: @live.life.inspired). I’m a senior in college (actually the same college Caitlin attended; we found that out after following each other on Instagram for a little while!), and I’m studying Business Management. When Caitlin asked me if I’d be interested to write a post for her Seasons of Joy series, I was super excited!

As Caitlin wrote about in her first post of the series, joy can be found in the little things if we just take a moment to observe our surroundings. I’m in college, so finals are fast approaching and life in general is just pretty busy and stressful right now. The weather has been gray and gloomy more often than not.

In times like these, it can be easy to fall into a slump. But it can be easy to choose joy as well! I fully believe that being happy and finding joy is a choice each one of us can make for ourselves. However, there have been studies showing that human brains have a negative bias, meaning it is easier for us to think negatively than positively. It can be especially hard nowadays with the media and social media. With a few small changes in your life, you can think more positively and be more joyful.

Below are a few super easy ways that I bring more joy into my life. They are small things that are easy to do, but also easy not to do. If you choose to implement them in your life, I bet you’ll find more joy too. Two of the three involve doing things for other people, so you’d not only make yourself feel great, but someone else would benefit also!

  1. Smile at people when you walk by them, even if you don’t know them. They’ll probably smile back, which can brighten your day. It’s a really simple thing to do, and I notice my days are happier when they’re filled with smiles.
  2. Make a homemade Christmas gift for someone you care about. You could bake them a sweet treat, write them a letter, or make a craft project! There are so many options for this, so pick one that you think will be fun for you to make and meaningful for the recipient. Here is my Pinterest board with some fun ideas!
  3. Start a gratitude journal or board. Just by writing down one thing you’re grateful for each day, you’ll probably start to feel more joyful. If you feel up for the challenge, you can write more than one thing! They can be as simple or complex as you choose.

Remember, joy can be found in all things, small and large. I’d love to hear something you do that brings you joy when you are feeling a little down. Here’s to choosing joy this holiday season and all year round!

~E

P.S. This book called Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy is on my book list and I’ve heard great things about it!

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