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7 keys for joyful living

7 keys for joyful living
by Chris Widener
Here are some thoughts for finding and experiencing joy in your life. If there were one thing I could wish upon my family, friends and the readers of this column, it would be joy in everything the do!
1. Know your purpose
Nothing will bring you joy more than knowing what it is that you are about on this earth. Not knowing bring sadness, wondering, fear and lack of fulfilment. Above all, find out what your unique purpose is here on this earth - then fulfil it! As you do, you will experience joy!
2. Live purposefully
This is a follow up to number one. It is one thing to know your purpose, but then you need to live according to that purpose. This is a matter of priorities.
3. Let your actions and schedule reflect your purpose
Don’t react to circumstances and let them cause you to live without your purpose fully in site. Living without your purpose will cause frustration. Living purposefully will bring you deep satisfaction and joy!
4. Stretch yourself
Don’t settle into the status quo. That will leave you unfulfilled. Always look to stretch yourself. Whatever you are doing, stretch yourself to do more! Stretching yourself will break the limits you have set for yourself and will cause you to find joy in your expanded horizons!
5. Give more than you take
It brings happiness to accumulate. It brings joy to give away. Sure, getting the car you worked hard for will bring you a sense of satisfaction and even happiness. But it won’t bring you joy. Giving something away to the less fortunate will bring you deep, abiding joy.
6. Surprise yourself, and others too
The words here are spontaneity and surprise! Every once in a while, do the unexpected. It will cause everybody to sit back and say, “Wow, where did that come from?” It will put a little joy in your life, and theirs.
7. Indulge yourself sometimes
Too much indulgence and you are caught in the happiness trap. Looking for the next purchase, celebration etc to bring you a little “happiness high.” But if you will allow yourself an infrequent indulgence as a reward for a job well done and a life well lived, you will appreciate the indulgence and experience the joy of it. Laugh a little - no, a lot! Most people are just too serious. We need to laugh a little - no, a lot! Learn to laugh daily, even if you have to learn to laugh in bad situations. This life is to be enjoyed! The next time you go to the movie rental store, get a comedy and let loose! Let yourself laugh!
Joy can be yours! Look for it, pursue it and enjoy it!

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thank you Alex for the 7 keys! I read that you have become a moderator of this site, congrats!

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Thank you Marijke
It's good to be appreciated for one says and does. Take care.
Love and peace.

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Hi Alex
Thank you for your postings, it must take you ages to share your knowledge and experience with us. I think a round of applause is called for.
Thank you
Love
Maureen

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Again, Thank You for this, I'm catching up on things I wasn't around for before I joined and got stuck in on the forums. Didn't start reading and posting until Dec 03.. :)

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Purpose,
what can I say:)here I am answering another one of your threads (drawn to you tonight:eek:)maybe it's what I need right now:D, your wonderful words of wisdom[sm=FIFangel.gif].
maureen fletcher2002, I couldn't agree more[sm=dance.gif].
Purpose, bring it on.
Crystallove X

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Crystallove
well what can I say too? Just glad that the thoughts and the words I share are useful and an encouragement to you. After all that is one of the main reasons why I am here. What I am posting Crystallove is to help people see that there is a better way, a better life that we can all have by just investing time ( and money too!) in our lives. Our lives are so special and it is worth treating them as best as we can. Don't you think so? And if ever you want to have a chat... just get in touch by email or phone. Glad to support you in any way I can.

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Purpose, thankyou again for your encouraging words:).
Our lives are so very special, (maybe it took a while for me to realise). I couldn't agree more, "they are worth treating as best we can":D.
Will take you up on the chat:D, could I P.M you?
Your kind offer is much appreciated[sm=FIFangel.gif]
Love
Jackie





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