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The Pursuit of Joy

Living joyfully is definitely not easy. There are many things that cause us to have a bad attitude about our lives and the situations we are in and go through. But living in those kind of attitudes and moods is not where God wants us to be. He wants us to live joyfully.

In this post, I’m going to share with you some practical tips on how to find, embrace, pursue, and radiate joy in your life. Ready? Let’s go.

Find Joy

Finding joy is not as hard as it seems to be. Even though you may feel like there is nothing in your life to be joyful for, there is. Find joy in the little, simple things. At the end of the day, write down something that made you smile - something that made you feel happy – something that made you feel joyful.

Embrace Joy

Finding joy is one thing, embracing it is another. You have to be willing to push away the mindset of depression and allow joy to fill the space. You have to want to be joyful. It won’t always come easily. Make it a priority to have a joyful mindset. When something doesn’t turn out, see the joy in that situation. Look through the lens of happiness, not sadness.

Pursue Joy

To embrace joy, you need to pursue joy. Don’t forget about being joyful. Keep it in the front of your mind. Don’t hide it. Pursue it, look for it. Maybe it's a sweet moment with your family, or a hilarious laugh with your friends – pursue it. Make it happen. Maybe baking makes you joyful. Or art. Or music. Or friends. Whatever it may be, make the effort to pursue joy.

Radiate Joy

The last point I want to make is this: radiate joy to those who aren’t feeling it. Put a smile on your face. Joyfulness is contagious! Make an effort to make someone's day. Send them a Bible verse, a favorite quote, a funny meme, or something that will make them smile. Even if it’s something small, it’ll make their day. Radiating joy is something you can do that will not only make others joyful, but will make you joyful too. Try it, it’s worth the effort!

30 Reasons to be Joyful Today
  1. You are alive.
  2. You live in a beautiful world.
  3. You can go anywhere through the internet.
  4. Books.
  5. You have great friends.
  6. You have an amazing support system – your family.
  7. You have amazing talents.
  8. Summer is here.
  9. The sun.
  10. Bright, happy colors.
  11. We have access to God’s Word - the Bible - anywhere.
  12. You have the ability to do something amazing.
  13. It’s a beautiful day.
  14. God's creation is amazing.
  15. You are surrounded by people who care about you.
  16. You have the ability to make someone’s day.
  17. Coffee.
  18. Good food.
  19. Celebrations.
  20. Sleep.
  21. Music.
  22. Amazing weather.
  23. Nostalgic moments.
  24. Reminiscent smells.
  25. Memories.
  26. Sweet moments.
  27. There is hope.
  28. Clothes to wear.
  29. Creative mindsets.
  30. Jesus is ALIVE.
What else causes you to be joyful today? Think of those things and share your joy with others.
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