How to be a Part of the #JoyfulLivingProject
I have always loved the word JOY. To me, joy describes the epitome of happiness. Being happy is one thing, but being joyful is a deeper, completely exhilarating form of happiness. It is what someone feels when they smile and hold their baby in their arms for the first time. It is what a person feels when they share something with someone less fortunate than them. It is what a teenager feels after their first real kiss. It is what a grandparent feels when a child runs into their open arms. It is what a hard working student feels when he victoriously runs out of school after completing his last final. It is an emotion so powerful, it can cause us to laugh and cry at the same time, and when we feel it, we want to SHARE it with others. We want everyone to feel the joy we feel because we know it is the best feeling in the world.
One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Nephi 2:25, which teaches “Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have JOY!” JOY! Doesn’t that word just make you feel so good?! We are meant to feel completely and utterly joyful! We are not meant to sit in a puddle of doubt and fear, but to work to find purpose and meaning and CHOOSE joy.
I think one of the best ways to feel joyful is to serve other people and share joy with them. Whenever we make other people happy, we can’t help but feel happy ourselves. Spreading joy throughout the world makes our lives feel meaningful because we are using our talents for GOOD. We are making a difference, and every act of kindness counts no matter how big or small it may seem.
I think EVERYONE can share joy every day , and if we all work to spread a little light with the people around us, we can make the world a better place one smile at a time.
I love this story from Gordon B. Hinkley, a past president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
“An older boy and his young companion were walking along a road which led through a field. They saw an old coat and a badly worn pair of men’s shoes by the roadside, and in the distance they saw the owner working in the field.
“The younger boy suggested that they hide the shoes, conceal themselves, and watch the perplexity on the owner’s face when he returned.
“The older boy … thought that would not be so good. He said the owner must be a very poor man. So, after talking the matter over, at his suggestion, they concluded to try another experiment. Instead of hiding the shoes, they would put a silver dollar in each one and … see what the owner did when he discovered the money. So they did that.
“Pretty soon the man returned from the field, put on his coat, slipped one foot into a shoe, felt something hard, took it out and found a silver dollar. Wonder and surprise [shone] upon his face. He looked at the dollar again and again, turned around and could see nobody, then proceeded to put on the other shoe; when to his great surprise he found another dollar. His feelings overcame him. … He knelt down and offered aloud a prayer of thanksgiving, in which he spoke of his wife being sick and helpless and his children without bread. … He fervently thanked the Lord for this bounty from unknown hands and evoked the blessing of heaven upon those who gave him this needed help.
“The boys remained [hidden] until he had gone.” They had been touched by his prayer and felt something warm within their hearts. As they left to walk down the road, one said to the other, “Don’t you have a good feeling?”
I believe they were feeling joy, the pure happiness felt as a result of spreading love, kindness, and cheer.
This is why I am starting the Joyful Living Project . I want everyone to have an opportunity to feel purpose, meaning, and joy by sharing love with the world around them.
So how can you participare in the Joyful Living Project?
1. Find a way to serve someone. This can be any act of service big or small.
2. Take a picture of what you did and write about your experience and feelings
3. Share it on social media using hashtag #joyfullivingproject (You may even be featured on my pages!!)
Below are some personal examples of service, but you can also check out a list of 34 easy ways to serve people every day for more ideas!
Today I was doing lunges as I pushed my stroller to the door to leave the gym. As I was pushing and working, a woman called out, “DUDE, You are my hero!” Holy cow, do you know how good that made me feel?! I felt empowered. I felt awesome! I felt like I could do anything… just because a nice person stopped to make me feel loved. She was SPREADING JOY.
I saw this amazing video on Youtube once, where a musical group stopped at the feet of a homeless man, put out their guitar case and played a couple songs. They collected money from the interested passerbys throughout their mini show and gave it all to the homeless man at the end. He was left baffled and touched by their kindness. As tears came to my eyes I thought, they were SPREADING JOY.
While visiting Ghana, Africa, our friends worked all day to make us a special meal, complete with flowers on the table. Though they did not have much, they gave their all for us. They were SPREADING JOY.
At church the other day, I went out into the hallway to comfort my baby, when a small child peered up at me and said, “um um yo baby is weally cute. I wike her.” How adorable was that?! That little child was SPREADING JOY.
Of course, there are millions of opportunities around us to spread joy every day.
So what are you doing to promote joyful living? Go spread the joy and tell me what you did! Be sure to share this post too! In order to be featured on my Instagram or Facebook, use hashtag #JoyfulLivingProject
See you next post,