Today I watched a short TED talk. I really loved it – it’s called “Where joy hides and where to find it” by Ingrid Fetell Lee.
Here is the TED talk:
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What is joy?
Joy means a feeling of great pleasure or happiness, although joy is distinct from both pleasure and happiness.
Joy is all about feeling good in the moment, now. It is intense positive emotion. It makes us smile and laugh, and feel like we want to jump and down, or sing and dance. Joy is different from happiness – that’s about about how we feel over time.
Joy cuts across gender, age and ethnicity. When you see fireworks, you want to stop, look and celebrate too – even if you don’t know what the fireworks are for! You just want to watch and experience the joy that fireworks bring.
The speaker talks about how sometimes adults who wear bright colours and are exhuberant can be judged or dismissed as childish, too feminine, too serious or self indulgent. So we hold ourselves back from joy. Why? Children don’t, so why do adults? Why do we make those judgements about others – why can’t we just be happy that others are joyful? Why do we settle for things that are drab and sad? Why do we stop using our imaginations?
Create some joy! Think with an abundance mindset!
We can all create more joy around us.
We can transform our own spaces. We can add colour and light and shape and happiness in small ways. We can think with an abundance mindset. I’ve written about creating an abundance mindset here:
As the speaker says “Moments of joy are small, but over time they add to more than the sums of their parts. What we should be doing is embracing joy and finding ways to put ourselves in the path of it more often.”
How do you create joy in your life? How do you put yourself in the path of joy? Does your job allow you to experience joy?
Leave me your thoughts. What does joy mean to you?