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Joy vs Happiness

Joy vs Happiness

Joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. It comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are, whereas happiness tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts and events.

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Joy vs Happiness

Joy vs Happiness

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Joy vs Happiness

Joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. It comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are, whereas happiness tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts and events.

Meditating For Joy

It's important to be able to tap into your heart rather than your head, your intuition rather than your thinking mind. Quietening the chatter in your mind and creating space within allows you to better see what brings you joy.

Reducing Social Media

  • Check social media sites just twice a day. Once mid-morning, so you’re not starting your day with social media, and again late afternoon.
  • Keep a maximum of two portals of instant messaging that friends and colleagues can contact you on.
  • Choose those you ‘follow’ or who appear in your feed wisely. Opt for those who inspire you, not those who bring you down.

Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivate gratitude wherever possible, even for the things that challenge you, as these help you to grow and build strength. Journaling can help you do that:

  • At the end of each day, write 10 things that you are grateful for that day.
  • Celebrate and recognize them.
  • Soon you will see running themes and will be able to make them happen more often.

Gratitude And Joy

Having an attitude of gratitude makes us more appreciative and trusting, gives us better self-esteem and helps us bounce back from stress.

Embrace the simple experiences and pleasures, otherwise, you may take them for granted and these are often what top up our feelings of joy. Also, be more present, it makes simpler things more joyful.

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Happiness Is a Destination; Joy An Attitude

The vision of the life you desire is a destination you shouldn’t ignore as it’s key to understanding your happy place.

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"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."

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How to brighten your day
  • Reflect on what you appreciate and love about your partner, friends, or family members.
  • Express your appreciation to them.
  • Take the time to see how you can help someone out.
  • Slow down for 3 minutes. Let your thoughts and body also slow down while you pay attention to life around you.
  • Smile towards the people you meet.
  • Make someone else happy. Give him or her a gift of some kind.
  • Take fewer things for granted, like your food, the weather, or small gestures. It will inspire and motivate you.
  • Take action and create the day you wish to have.
  • Say yes to something new.
  • Say no to a should that isn't that important.
  • Take a 2-minute laugh-break.
  • Do what you deep down think is the right thing.
  • Stand still for a minute, close your eyes and simply enjoy the sun.
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Find and increase flow experiences

Flow is when you are so consumed by a task or activity that you lose track of time, for instance, gardening, reading, or watching a movie. It's an optimal experience that can make you happy. Flow can be achieved in almost any activity that requires prolonged mental effort.

Seek out daily happy habits. Your brain will build up expectations of being happy and will rewire itself to seek more happy habits.

Express gratitude

Research reveals that small and regular positive experiences have a greater impact on your life satisfaction than a few notable events of achievements.

Expressing gratitude can make you feel better about yourself and your life. It can make you feel more grounded, humble, and connected to the world around you.

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Happiness is not a goal or something to pursue at a later time. Emotional health is a skill to be mastered, not a destination to eventually arrive at.

And being happy is being linked to an active lifestyle, a better diet, better sleep, better weight management, lower stress levels, an improved immune system, and increased life expectancy.

Analyze and Identify

Get perspective and clarity on which area of your life you have to focus on. Start by analyzing, examining and identifying the problem areas:

  • Fun and Recreation
  • Physical Environment
  • Career
  • Finances
  • Personal Growth
  • Romance
  • Family and Friends
  • Health

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Finding Joy

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Joy comes when you make peace with who you are, where you are and why you are. When you need nothing but your truth to bring peace, then you have settled into unshakable abiding joy.

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Measuring happiness

Academically speaking, happiness cannot be measured. It is really a mix of health, emotions, the way you evaluate your life, and the extent to which you live out your values.

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The happiness portfolio

Happiness can be thought of as a retirement portfolio. You want it balanced with short and long term investments.

Those in pursuit of purpose miss that there is value in the sum of positive emotions we experience every day. If you're only goal-oriented, you forgo today's joy for a perceived better future. But, chasing tomorrow might not give you the happiness you desire.

Optimizing your environment for happiness

You can do several things to enjoy your life day-to-day. Positive psychology techniques of gratitude is generally a short-term solution.

More importantly is to optimize your environment so you're more likely to be happy long term.

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Happy people are well rounded people
  • They savor the moment. They "stop to smell the roses".
  • They're busy, but not rushed. A healthy work-life balance is key.
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Happy people invest in their relationships
  • They spend money on others. One reason is that it creates social connections.
  • They celebrate other people's success through "active and constructive" responding.
  • They treat everyone with respect and kindness. Kindness, like happiness, is contagious.
  • They're proactive about relationships. They work on maintaining their relationships.
  • They express gratitude. It improves mood and energy and decreases anxiety.
  • They engage in deep, meaningful conversations.
The attitude of happy people
  • They're optimistic. Bad things happen to all of us. Happy people don't complain, whine or let pessimism become a self-fulling prophecy.
  • They view problems as challenges. They focus on solutions to the problem and reflect on what they're grateful for.

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Cherish the current happy moment

Research has recently shown that people tend to feel unhappy whenever they focus on what brings them happiness in the long term. 

However, if they chose to stay in the present moment, their happiness would not be in any way affected. Therefore, if you really want to feel happy, try focusing on the current happiness instead of thinking at a future one, because that can only bring worries and stress to your mind.

Tips to be happy

Being happy is, in big lines, a matter of choice. If you try to pay less attention to everybody else's life on social media and accept the unpleasant moments that life makes you face, you might as well discover that happiness is reachable, as long as you do not make a constant obsession out of it.