5 Ways to Add More Joy to Your Life

1. Start the day by listening to music that makes your heart and soul sing.

I find that when I do this, it puts me in a much better place the rest of the day. Some days, it may be Strauss waltzes and polkas, and some days, it’s the soundtrack to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, but it works. If you have an alarm clock with that can play your favorite playlist, or if you’re old school and have one with a CD player, set it so that you’ll wake up to music you know you’ll love.

2. Find the funny.

Read the comics in the newspaper. Call or spend time with someone who makes you laugh. Subscribe to a joke e-mail list. Watch a funny show or movie. Read a funny blog. Whatever your choice is, find something in each and every day that makes you snort with laughter. Score bonus points for doing it out loud and in public.

3. Do something for someone else.

Acts of kindness not only make both parties feel good, they may also help people live longer. Do something kind for someone else each day and you’ll reap the benefits as well.

4. Spend time with people who really “get” you.

Spending time with people who appreciate and support you and your goals is uplifting. Whether it’s on the phone, or in person, make a point of connecting with them regularly.

5. Do something you truly enjoy every day.

Spend a few minutes every day doing something you truly enjoy. Like photography? Take a few pictures. Love to sing? Put on your favorite song and sing it. Like shopping? Browse through a catalog or visit one of your favorite shopping websites. It doesn’t have to be big, or take a lot of time, as long as it brings you joy.

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