Cultivating joy can an act of courage, a spiritual practice and a powerful way to become a force of healing in the world.
Cultivating joy does not mean ignoring pain and suffering but choosing- again and again, even in your toughest times - to align with your inner core of joy.
Cultivating joy rewires your brain to help you become more compassionate, resilient, energized and purposeful.
My Favorite Joy Quotes: Part 1
“We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” ~ Joseph Campbell
"Consciousness in its primacy is joy. Once we have a taste of this primal joy, we can never forget it.” ~ Dr. Amit Goswami PhD
“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.” ~ Carlos Santana
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” ~ John Keats
“If we're destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there's got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.”
~ Ellen DeGeneres
“The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind that gloom, yet within our reach is joy. Take joy.” ~ Fra Angelico
“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” ~ Henri Nouwen
“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keep out the joy.” ~ Jim Rohn
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~ Rumi
“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.”
~ Helen Keller
"Go forth into the busy world and love it. Interest yourself in its life; mingle kindly with its joys and sorrows." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.” ~ Tecumseh
I'd love to hear from you! Please leave your comment below:
Which of these quotes speak to you?
How do you cultivate joy?
NOTE: Cultivating Joy is not about labeling some emotions (like sadness, grief, anger) wrong. That is a prescription for shame, misery and being stuck. Check out this great Ted Talk about Emotional Courage and False Positivity by Susan David.