Ooh Joy – It’s Catchy! 25 Ways To Bring Back On the Joy!

Feel Like a Kid Again

Feel Like a Kid Again

Shared joy is double joy – Swedish proverb

“When you choose joy, it makes you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good, when you do good it reminds others of what joy feels like and it just might inspire them to do the same!”

Have you lost your joy or just need a little more of it?  Often, we just need to be reminded to find joy in our journey. The root of joy is gratefulness. Having gratitude makes us joyful, and there is always something to be grateful for in our lives! Joy is a decision, a brave one, about how you are going to respond to life. Especially when we get caught up in the routine of it all.   Life can be stressful, monotonous, or downright painful.   Do not let the world make you hard or rob you of your joy!  If you find yourself missing the joy in ordinary moments, it’s time to slow down and remember to invest in the spare moments of your life. Invest in the people in your life.  Don’t’ just endure your life, enjoy your life!

I remember how simple and carefree life was when I was eight years old.  I remember when there was a thunderstorm outside, my mom would make breakfast for dinner.  All my worries went out the door when there was French toast for dinner!  I remember when I was ten years old, my sister and I would make blanket forts and hide away from the world if just for a bit.  My brother and I would go on great adventures in our backyard and compete to see who could build the biggest house of cards before it all came crashing down.   My best friend and I would put on our swimsuits and play in the puddles.  I want to feel that carefree again.  If just for a bit.

What brings me joy is connecting with the people in my life. I find joy most of all when sharing it with others. I find joy in those moments when all of my stress is replaced by only living in the present and having gratitude for being there. I want to laugh until my side hurts, I want to be silly and carefree. I want to find joy in the ordinary!  I want to enjoy the brief unscheduled moments of my life. I want to teach my kids to be grateful for what they have. I want to create lasting memories with my husband and children.  I want to create joyful memories for my children to pass on to their children. I want to have stories to tell my grandchildren. I have a great life, and I want to celebrate it. I want to reconnect with my inner child and let go of the stresses around me if only for a bit.  I want to bring back some of those carefree feelings!  Below are 25 ideas to bring back some of those joyful, carefree feelings:

25 Ideas to Bring Back Those Joyful Feelings

  1. Build a blanket fort with someone you love.
  2. Make breakfast for dinner and use extra syrup.
  3. Fill the back of your pickup truck with blankets and pillows and have a stargazing date.
  4. Go on a bike ride as if the first time without training wheels
  5. Catch a mason jar full of fireflies and use as a night-light. (Make sure to poke holes in the top.)
  6. Go on a picnic with those you love and pack all of their favorite foods.
  7. Run after the ice cream truck, buy your favorite flavor and skip all the way home.
  8. Have a water balloon fight.
  9. Finish an entire coloring book
  10. Play name that tune.
  11. Put on your swimsuit and dance in the rain.
  12. Enjoy a movie marathon in your Pj’s with someone you love.
  13. Make homemade popsicles.
  14. Run through the sprinkler and drink from the hose.
  15. Build a house of cards and blow it all down.
  16. Rest in a hammock with a great book.
  17. Shoot some hoops.
  18. Climb a tree and stay for a while
  19. Have a pillow fight.
  20. Lay in the grass and find figures in the clouds.
  21. Have a snowball fight and lie in the snow and make snow angels
  22. Play a game of Monopoly all the way to the end.
  23. Build a cozy fire and sip on hot chocolate.
  24. Pick flowers from the yard and brighten up a room in your house.
  25. Play the drums with wooden spoons and pots and pans.

So ask yourself…”What brings you joy?”Never forget your inner child.  Take time and be carefree again; eat ice cream while watching a cartoon, jump on the trampoline with your kids.  Stay up past your bedtime and read a story by flashlight. It’s never too late to connect with your inner child. Life is short. Always count your blessings! Be grateful. Be thankful.  Choose to have joy and don’t forget to share your joy, it’s catchy!

Whatever brings you joy, do more of it!  What brings you joy?

Joy Vale
September 4, 2016

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One Tool Can Help You Enjoy Every Holiday Moment!

Holiday Meditation

Meditate Your Way The Best Holiday Ever!

You have too much to do, too many people to see, and your budget is tight during the holidays.  All of these worries have the potential to deprive you of any joy.  Don’t let it happen.  Mediation offers many rewards.  Click here to read my earlier post about the benefits of meditation.  Meditation is powerful.  Recently, one of San Francisco’s toughest schools was transformed by meditation.  Click here to read about it.  Meditation can change your brain.   A recent Harvard MRI study proved that meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s gray matter in 8 weeks!

The most beneficial result of regular meditation, especially during stressful busy times, is that it can help you to enjoy the present moment, your family and friends and all the beautiful things about this season. [Click to Tweet]  This means that no matter how busy you are, how much you have to do, or how worried you are about your bank account, you will be able to see some joy in almost every moment this holiday season.

Have you tried to meditate and just didn’t feel like you were doing it “right?”  Or, did you mentally run through your to-do list or think about your aching back, or the argument you just had with your spouse/kids?  I am analytical by nature and by training (as a lawyer) so I know how hard it is to quiet the mind and live in the present.  It was easy for me, in the beginning, to get frustrated.   I attended meditation seminars, read books, listen to guided meditation and meditated at least 6 times per week and still I felt like I was fighting with my brain to just “be quiet.”  In my earlier blog, I referenced Dr. Joe Dispenza, the doctor who trained me to meditate.  Dr. Dispenza teaches a concept that changed the way I thought about “learning” to meditate.  What follows is not exactly the way Dr. Joe teaches it.  It is how I took his concept to help me in my meditation.  So here it is:

Meditation tree

This is the meditation tree.  This is not an official name but just a way for you to remember the concept you are about to learn.  The roots are your anchor.  No matter “where” you go during your meditation, they will hold you firmly in place so you are not nervous or afraid.  The trunk is your body.  The branches are the various dimensions of your self, your life and personality that you need to “get past” during your mediation so that you can live in the present unburdened by all that “stuff.” The more you are able to do this, the faster you will be able to do it.   Faster is better because when you are in that stressful situation, you can draw upon your training quickly to react by appreciating the situation, and not letting it drag you down.

Some of the branches that are in the tree ready to keep you trapped are:

  • Your Past
  • Your Future
  • Time
  • The Environment
  • Your Body

At the center of the tree is your true self and it is absent of these thoughts. This is the place every meditator wants to reach because there, you are free, joyful, limitless and living in the present.

All of the above is background for the value I found in this concept.  Here it is – learning to meditate is a process!  Some days you go back and forth in the outer branches never getting deep in the brush.  Other days, you dive down deep, only to pop out really quickly. Some days you fall down deep and pop back up over and over.  Then —- there are the days when you fall deep into the tree and hang out for a while.  The more you meditate, the easier it is to “drop in” and stay there.  And, as I mentioned above, the more you practice, the more you will be able to draw upon this skill when you need it to help you live and love in the present moment.

So, you see, there is no competitionThere is no right way or wrong way to meditate. [Click to Tweet] As long as you are hanging out in the branches, you are accomplishing something.  Recently, I saw this graphic on Facebook and I think it sums up what regular meditation will enable you to do.

Butterfly mediation

So, close your eyes for a time each day and swing through the branches.  The result: enjoying every minute of your holidays and beyond!

Have you tried meditating?  What was your biggest challenge?

Caroline Boardman
December 6, 2015


Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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