Who doesn’t want to live a more joyful life? In addition to boosting everyday satisfaction, being joyful helps you achieve your goals; it supercharges your positive energy, bringing you into alignment with all the things you want to manifest.
Here are ten simple, but powerful things you can do right now in order to get the most out of every single day.
Most of the time, our breathing tends to be shallow, and this only gets worse if we’re worried or tense. When you choose to breathe deeply, you help to anchor yourself in the present moment and connect with your body more fully.
You’ll be calmer, more peaceful and more capable of appreciating the world around you as a result. Experts say that deep breathing also relaxes muscles all over the body and can even reduce blood pressure levels.
If you’re getting less than 7-9 hours of sleep per night, you’re doing your body a disservice and lowering your energy vibration in a way that inhibits your ability to manifest the life you desire. Make a habit of getting better sleep, and notice how your mood, mental clarity, and physical strength all improve in response.
It’s likely that you already have dozens of reasons to cut back on refined sugars, or even eliminate them entirely. However, it’s worth noting that studies show a connection between high sugar consumption and anxiety, stress, problems with focusing and emotional instability. If you can get rid of these mood disturbances, you’re sure to have more joyful days.
When you walk on the earth without shoes or socks, you bring yourself in tune with the natural rhythms of the earth. Many people find this process healing, and it encourages a kind of simplicity in thinking that’s highly useful if your mind is racing a mile a minute.
It’s become something of a cliché to encourage people to love themselves, but this is only because the concept is so important. How can you find pure joy if you can’t accept your identity and feel comfortable in your own skin?
Make a habit of showing yourself love every day, whether through basic acts of self-care (e.g. taking a bath, saying “no” to another obligation and eating a favorite food) or by nurturing your personal growth (through processes like journaling and therapy).
Raw chocolate is produced through naturally drying cacao beans instead of roasting them, and there is compelling evidence that its antioxidant levels make it good for your health. As well as potentially reducing your risk of chronic illness, these antioxidants were once called “heart blood” by the Aztecs and are said to help bring you in tune with your spirituality. Can’t hurt to try, right?
This tip may be obvious, but so many of us waste our time and energy on relationships that make us feel bad or require us to pour in huge amounts of love that are not properly reciprocated.
Think about who you spend time with, and choose to connect with those who make you smile, support your goals, want you to be happy and know how to give as well as receive. These are the bonds that really matter.
Getting more joy out of your life doesn’t mean pretending to be happy or pushing down your true feelings so you don’t have to deal with them. This type of repression only gives negativity more power, sapping your spirit and sending out mixed signals to the universe.
To become authentically joyful, you have to acknowledge the less pleasant emotions when they arise, find a way to let them out, and move on.
Just in case you need a bit of extra persuasion to stick with your daily creative visualization exercises, know that they don’t only help you manifest, they also work wonders for your body and mind.
Experiment with the best time to meditate, but note that you can set yourself up for a joyful day by using meditation to connect with feelings of excitement and gratitude first thing in the morning. (If you are a beginner at meditation, be sure to read our step-by-step guide to meditation, just click here now!)
Finally, you may be surprised by just how much your mood improves when you deliberately take time away from your phone and computer. Sure, these devices are great for learning, catching up with friends and exploring the world.
However, they can also scatter our attention and drain our energy. Set aside at least an hour of your free time every day, and use that period for tactile, physical and inspiring activities that don’t require the use of an electrical outlet.