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Finding Joy In Difficult Times

Joy is that intense rush of positive emotion, that sends an electric spark of feel-good vibes throughout bodies. It has this marvellous ability to appear at any moment, inspired by the smallest of things. But, the real magic of joy is that it does not rely on the big picture of what is happening around us. Joy has the ability to share space with other emotions; we can find joy even while we are feeling fear, sadness or anger. Joy can be found even in the middle of the most challenging times, and this is important to remember. 

In this time of upheaval, uncertainty and global crisis, it can be hard to stay in a happy state of mind. But the ability to feel joy is always available. Joy needs no reason. It carries no burden or expectations. Happiness is connected to what’s happening to us. Yet, joy can exist regardless of the external circumstances, which is why we can be surprised by joy even in the most difficult moments. This little spark of feel-good-vibes is a small unexpected gift when we most need it.  

Joy can be sparked in so many ways; seeing the sun shining through your window, or listening to the birds singing in the garden. It can pop in for a visit any time of the day or night and comes at the most unexpected times.

We can also actively seek out joy and inspire it with our senses; the sight, touch, smell, sound and taste of things that bring pleasure. Knowing how to find joy in this way means we can add pockets of joy into our daily lives and the lives of others. 

We can find joy in the sight of a cat lying in the sun, or in a photograph that brings back a happy memory. 

We can find joy in the feeling of a soft blanket wrapped around us, being hugged by someone we love.

We can find joy in the smell of freshly baked bread or the aroma of a hot cup of coffee.

We can find joy in the sound of a favourite song or the laughter of our children.

We can find joy in the taste of a piece of chocolate or a freshly picked strawberry. 

Joy can be found all around us, and if we pay attention, we can find it in the most simple things or the most usual experiences. The key is to find the things that bring us joy and add more of them into our lives. For it is these moments of joy that will help us weather any storm and remind us that there is always light to be found even in the darkest of times

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy

– Thich Nhat Hanh