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Often, we associate joy with being happy. While joy and happiness are closely related, think of joy as the more mature, older cousin of happiness. Joy is a deep-seated emotion that brings you overall peace and a consistent feeling of well being, pleasure and happiness. And unlike happiness, joy comes from within.

Here are some things you can do each day to cultivate your own sense of joy: 

Live your authentic self. Knowing who you are and living your principles every day gives a feeling of joy. As Henry David Thoreau said, “We are consistently invited to be who we are.”

Resolve the past. Joy exists in the present tense. Recalling the past with regret denies us the opportunity to connect to the present and the hope of tomorrow. Heal old wounds by reaching out to friends or family or with the help of a licensed professional.

Follow your passion. Carve out time in your day to engage in something you love to do. That may be volunteering, crafting items to donate or finding a job that doesn’t feel like work.

Connect with nature. A walk, a movie or a sweeping photographic journal from the library can take you on a journey. A leisurely car ride can help keep nature accessible in all four seasons. 

Celebrate the life you’ve created. Use the good plates, purchase or create a fresh floral arrangement for yourself, reflect on items you’ve selected in your home décor and appreciate how they came to you.
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