A glutton for joy

On Friday, I asked a number of open-ended questions in my post. Including:

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing with your life now, what would you be doing? 

What did you want to be when you grew-up?

I hope you answered them, at least in your head. Knowing the answers may be a step in the direction of creating the life you want.

Here’s one more question that is good for a slow-starting or an already-overwhelming Monday morning.

What one thing could you do today to bring more joy into your life?

Okay, you thought of your answer, now please do it. (If your immediate response was “I don’t know”, please take a deep breath, smile and then ask yourself again.)

Me? I’m going to take a walk. And when I do, I am going to listen to the birds, notice the flowers and trees, and search for color all around me – instead of thinking about something I am working on.

Oops, that’s more than one thing. I guess I’m just a glutton for joy.

WTW Dandelion

PS For more Wishful Thinking Works posts on “joy”, please use it as a search term at the top of the page and select “this site”.


  1. My friend Marci is a glutton for joy, too. Her words: “The sun reflecting on the ice-covered trees is amazing. I meant to get to work early this morning but ended up spending an hour outside watching in awe as the sun came up over the horizon.”

    That’s what joy feels like. I felt great just reading it.


    • Ahh, Kindred spirits that Marci and I!!! It was on February 23d that I convinced my client to leave the studio and take a drive with me so we could soak in the surreal silvery world around us. As the sun rose higher in the sky, the scene changed just like the Jacquie Larson Cards you love to send. At one point, as the ice dripped on the trees it looked like white strands of Christmas lights everywhere! I thought I had just landed on earth for the first time.


  2. Hi :)…I’m reading the book you recommended, The Joy Diet. What most surprises me is that I am discovering many more little things as joyful, being aware of them and sinking into the feeling of joy when experiencing them. Joy is abounding and all around you if you take the moments and become aware of them. I am so pleased with reading this book! Thank you 🙂


    • Oh that is wonderful, Tameria. So happy you are enjoying it and bringing more joy into your life. Talking about joy makes people a bit nervous, it sounds so corny and all, but truth is it feels good and can make a dramatic and very positive difference in your life. And, it’s free! Thanks for sharing!


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