Having joy of life is undoubtedly a great treasure that we experience beyond the tangible and material. Some people tend to confuse this term with a temporary emotion, this would be possible if we were referring to what the word "joy" means, but the joy of living is something else.
For me, joy of life is the motivation we have in life to keep going despite adversity. The joy of living is a matter of attitude, that this is positive even if we face hard trials and great vicissitudes. It means to value the good things in life and in the midst of the storm to be able to find the positive side of things and make of it something extraordinary, to find a lesson that helps us to avoid stumbling blocks in the future and to be a better person every day.
When there is no joy of life we become bitter and give up in any situation, moreover, we become incapable of helping others and rejoicing in their achievements. Some time ago I had read a phrase alluding to those people who have gone through very difficult times but continue to fight and their smile is not erased from their face. I do not remember exactly the words, but I will try to capture it here: "great is the one who despite adversity remains a good person and smiles at life". When there is joy in life, the sun inside us never goes out.
How do you experience it?
Every day, as soon as I wake up, I experience the joy of living, I always give thanks for a new dawn, which translates into a new beginning and the opportunity to do things better and better.
I also experience the joy of living when I am empathetic with others and when this feeling is reciprocated. I experience it when I engage in activities that I enjoy and that bring me well-being. When I am active and proactive, I definitely experience the joy of living. I feel that way because I have lived through many complicated situations and yet I keep a positive attitude, I keep standing up because I believe that as long as there is life there is hope.
What makes you feel joyful?
A couple of days ago I was watching a soap opera where the main character was in a very elegant party but she said that she was happy with an old flannel reading a book at home, that was enough for her. The joy of living can be found in the simplest things, it is not about how much or how little we have, but how we feel about what we are and what we do, the latter refers to the footprints we leave on the road. "Your deeds are your monuments". Doing is included, if we give our best whenever we can, we are demonstrating the joy of living.
There are many things that make me feel joyful. Just being able to walk, run, have good health and be independent, makes me feel joyful. Also having a job, enjoying nature, when I go to dance therapy classes, sharing with family and friends, and seeing them healthy, including my beloved pet Muñeca, my little dog.
Joie de vivre is a matter of attitude, but it is also a decision. To have joy of life and to feel it is to see the world in the best way despite everything, it is to look for the good in the not so good and not to focus on what we lack, nor to make comparisons. It is about being happy with what we are and what we have achieved.
"The joy of living is within us"
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