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30 Days of Joy

Man spreading his arms in triumph as waves crash against the coastline

Over the last little while, I’ve been focused on incorporating a few key personal growth principles in my life.

I’ve been focused on gratitude, on showing up consistently, on appreciating the little things and on using failure as a springboard for success.

And though I have experienced incremental improvement, there’s been something missing — something that would take this hard work to another level:


I haven’t been experiencing much joy. And I’d like to change that.

So, starting today, every day for the next 30 days, I’m going to find joy in…something. And I’m going to write about it here.

How am I going to find joy? I don’t know. As someone who can struggle in this area, it feels a little like I’m screaming at myself to relax.

But I want to try to figure it out. And the only way I know to do that is to just start.

Which brings me to today’s experience…

I found joy in having this idea.

A little meta, I know, but there are few cooler feelings than having (what you consider to be) a good idea.

The common illustration of it is a light bulb going off over someone’s head.

In real life, though, it’s not just your brain that lights up; your whole body does.

You feel that rush of adrenaline, and you’re buoyed by the hope that somehow, someway, things are about to get better.

And that’s when you know you’re onto something.


This originally appeared on 100 Naked Words.

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