Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Celebrate the Day of Joy with 5 Tips for Finding Joy in Your Life and a Giveaway for a Joy Book Basket!

Today, we are celebrating the Day of Joy in conjunction with the publication of The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman! Read on for ways to bring joy into your life today, and every day, and enter for a chance to win a Joy Book Basket.

5 Tips to Finding Joy in Your Life, and How to Start Today!

A few years ago, my business crashed, and my self-esteem hit an all-time low. Although there are far worse fates than the failure of a business, it felt like the last straw in a long string of failures in my life that all pointed to my inability to do anything right.

As I sunk into depression, my friend Niko suggested that if I focused on making joy my top priority for one month, my entire life would turn around. With no job, no plan, and no other ideas, I decided to give it a try.

For 30 days, I went after joy from all angles—from the scientific to the spiritual, and everything in between. I tried every tool and trick that was recommended in every self-help book I could get my hands on. It was remarkable to see what worked and what didn’t.

And yes, Niko was right. After 30 days, I had experienced enough changes in my life that I was able to not only continue my Joy Plan, but to write a book about the extraordinary events that took place in the six months that followed (The Joy Plan, Sourcebooks, available here).

The Joy Plan has become a way of life for me now, and the discoveries I made during my experiment are now my everyday practices. The good news is, you don’t need to take 30 days or make major changes in your life to do these things—they are simple enough that you can start today!

1. Embrace Mindfulness
Today, I teach a research-based Mindfulness curriculum to elementary school children. Because I’m a total science geek, to me, mindfulness is all about physiology. It’s about doing whatever it takes to bring your attention to the present moment, into your body, and out of your chattering mind. And it’s been shown to have multiple health and brain benefits.

2. Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
I start each day with 10-15 minutes of gratitude, either by writing in my gratitude notebook or simply reciting in my mind what I’m grateful for. This helps me get into the right headspace for whatever the day will bring. It is impossible for our brains to be in a state of appreciation and fear simultaneously, so I do my best to appreciate like crazy as often as possible.

3. Practice Acts of Kindness
Being kind to others feels good. In fact, it releases dopamine in the brain. It helps take our attention off of our own troubles, and also creates a feeling of interconnectedness. I try to do something kind every day, whether that’s as small as smiling to everyone I see or a big as making a donation to my favorite charity.

4. Focus on Solutions Rather than Problems
It took me some time to break the ingrained habit I had of frequently complaining, but making this shift has had a huge effect on my mental state. Instead of complaining now, whenever there’s something I’m unhappy about, I use my urge to complain as a springboard to create something new—to focus on a solution rather than a problem.

5. When in Doubt, Laugh
Laughter really is the best medicine, but the truth is, I’m a pretty serious person. I like scientific research, philosophical discussions, and big ideas. So I have to make an effort to create more laughter in my life. I make it a goal to laugh (by myself or with others) at least a few times a day, and I use whatever means necessary! (Smiling works, too.)

Unfortunately, joy doesn’t come easily for everyone. But with practice and repetition, joy is a habit that anyone can cultivate. As we shift our mental habits, we change our experience of life.

As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her biggest plan, the business she cofounded, collapsed, Kaia found herself crushed by depression. And what felt even worse was that, with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn’t have a plan to move forward.

Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained habits of stress and anxiety behind her, Kaia decided to put everything else on hold and dedicate thirty days to the singular pursuit of joy. The results were astonishing—and lasted much longer than the initial month-long project.

In The Joy Plan, Kaia uses her business savvy to create a concrete plan to get back on her feet fast. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters, and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more joyful existence, Kaia teaches readers how to move past temporary happiness and succeed in creating joy that lasts.

Kaia is the author of the new book, The Joy Plan (Sourcebooks, July 2017). She teaches Mindfulness to elementary-school students in Santa Cruz, California, and is a blogger for mindbodygreen and other sites. She writes about how she went fromjoyless and anxious to grateful and optimistic so she can remember how she did it if she forgets.She’s also a communications consultant to some of Silicon Valley’s largest companies. For everyday joy and mindfulness tips, sign up for Kaia’s newsletter at TheJoyPlan.com. You’ll find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. Having a personal relationship with Jesus brings me joy. My husband, kids, and cats also make me happy. Thanks.

  2. My son and my grandson bring me more joy than anything in my life. I am so proud of them and just spending time with them makes me happy.

  3. as Maureen

    I enjoy being with my husband and family.
    Walking in the evening with my husband after dinner.

  4. My daughter brings me joy! It is a wonder watching her grow up and develop.

  5. These days I don't have much joy, I'm having severe depression and anxiety. I think this book can help me so I'm crossing my fingers that I will win this giveaway! Thank you for the chance!

  6. My family brings me joy. I love seeing them, talking to them and having them near me.

  7. My family and friends bring me joy.

  8. My children brings me joy.

  9. Writing my blog, reading other blogs, my kids, my friends.

  10. Kristin C8:35 AM

    Being with my kids brings me joy.

  11. Our grandchildren bring us joy.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  12. My family, friends, and pets bring me so much joy and I'm grateful every day!

  13. amy guillaume linderman9:32 AM

    i'm happy when my family plays board games together

  14. My boys bring me joy! And when we can spend time as a family, that brings me joy too!

  15. my healthy baby brings me joy.

  16. What brings me joy is being around my 7 grandchildren.

  17. My daughter brings me joy!

  18. Coffee first thing in the morning brings me joy!

  19. i love to read a dn blog and then i all so walk the dogs

  20. "What brings you joy?" Puppies and kittens, of course!

  21. My family brings me joy, thanks!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  22. Lots of things! My grandchildrens hugs and laughter, my job, coffee, my faith!

  23. My loved ones bring me joy.

  24. Tidings of comfort and joy bring me joy.

  25. My vacation getaways with my sisters brings me so much joy!

  26. My granddaughters always make me happy

  27. Whenever my nonverbal autistic little one uses his sign language that brings me joy :)
    Thank You for the chance!

    Fiona N


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