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Episode 40: Five Ways to Add More Joy to Your Life


This week, I share five ways to add more joy to your life – all coming from a possibly unusual source. If you have been following my for a while, you’ll know that Jump Start Your Joy is my second blog (third if you count an annoymous one I started in about 2004 and is now gone). Over the last year, I have moved my original blog (Welcoming Spirit, which originally was on blogger) over to it’s new home, here. And, as of June 1, 2016, Welcoming Spirit will be put to rest. Today’s podcast counts down the top five viewed posts from my old blog, and, it just so happens that each post also highlights a top 5 way to bring more joy into your life. It’s a fun mix of ideas to add joy to your life, and revisit some of my favorite posts.

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On this show, I’ll chat about my journey with my previous blog, and what some of the pivotal life lessons I learned during it’s eight years, while looking back at the top 5 viewed posts. It’s amazing what sharing bits of your heart and soul do (see numbers 5, 4, and 3 below); what going viral can do to one post (it’s all about being timely, and offering value), how sharing a passion online (in this case, retreat planning), can add up to lots of views. In looking back I used views to help narrow down topics that seem to have resonated with a wider audience. There are lots of posts that I love that didn’t make this list – but we can touch on them another day.

Five Ways to Add More Joy to Your Life

The top five posts (now all on this site are):
5. Make wellness and self care a priority (post: Let’s Talk About Migraines)
4. Honor and make room for love in your life (post: A Wedding Prayer)
3. Look for places to be grateful (post: A Love Like That Lights Up the Whole Sky)
2. Surround yourself with amazing people (post: How to Create A Homemade Ugly Christmas Sweater)
1. Say yes when you get that feeling of being both excited and terrified (post: How to Plan a Retreat)

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Resources for this show
Episode 21 with Liz Ross
The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer (on Amazon)
The Gift by Hafiz (on Amazon)

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  • Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    May 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I love that there is a post about surrounding yourself with amazing people. It’s ALL about who you spend time with really.

  • Terri Steffes
    May 31, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Amazing people, doing things you love, eating food that’s nourishing to both stomach and mind, listening to music that uplifts you, hugging, singing, dancing!

  • Ana De- Jesus
    May 31, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I think that making wellness and self-care a priority is something I need to look into. I work myself to the bone but I find joy in eating, music and friends.

  • Rebecca Bryant
    May 31, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Really enjoying this series. thank you for sharing.

  • Rachel Langer
    May 31, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Ah yes… being excited and terrified. I feel you. I actually just saw a quote today that says ‘The greatest responsibilities come at a risk. You have to be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.’. I am realizing that growth isn’t easy and you need to get out of your comfort zone to succeed in anything you want to accomplish.

  • Debra
    May 31, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I think looking for ways to be grateful, is the best way to add more joy to your life. I am always happier when I am grateful!

  • Amanda Love
    May 31, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Those are some amazing topics and I can certainly see why they’re the most read. I can’t stick around to listen to the entire podcast but I’ll try and listen to it one day.

  • tp keane
    June 1, 2016 at 7:17 am

    It’s so important to find the joys in your life and appreciate them. I love the topics you covered here.

  • Dawn McAlexander
    June 1, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I have tried to surround myself with amazing people. It really does make a difference in your life when you do that.

  • Heather
    June 1, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Making self-care a priority is something I have worked hard on the past few years. For a while after my first two littles were born, I totally lost myself – it wasn’t pretty.

  • Rose Sahetapy
    June 1, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Love all the topics. They’re all amazing and we can all relate to them. You have lovely blog with amazing posts, not mention about the podcast. Everytime I listen to your podcast I feel encourage to make my own podcast. Someday.

  • Bernadette Callahan
    June 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Surrounding yourself with things that make you happy and people that make you happy can make all the difference in the world.

  • Kiwi
    June 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Great insights on how to add more joy. I need to get into some of these podcasts.

  • jill conyers
    June 2, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Adding more joy in your life is easier than most people think. Even the small actions make a big difference.

  • Beeb Ashcroft
    June 2, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Great tips! I agree whole-heartedly. I have to admit that I struggle with making sure I follow the advice that I agree with. Sometimes we don’t always do what we should to maintain our joy.

  • Toni
    June 2, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Joy is so important for our overall health. Thank you for sharing…we can all sometimes use a reminder because life does get in the way!

  • Mardene Carr
    June 2, 2016 at 8:37 am

    JOY….JOY…JOY…that elusive thing that many seek after yet so few find. It is not that complicated, maybe we are making it more complicated than it really is. Great post!

    • Paula
      June 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you, Mardene. I agree, if we can get out of our own way, it’s often much simpler than we think.

  • Teresa
    June 2, 2016 at 9:28 am

    This is lovely. I’m definitely learning to add more joy to my life on a daily basis.

    • Paula
      June 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you Teresa! Best wishes on your journey!

  • Amber Nelson
    June 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Adding more joy to your life is so important. You don’t know when your last day is on Earth, so enjoy it.

  • Lucy Valdez
    June 3, 2016 at 7:52 am

    It is so important to find that joy! I feel like I have come to a point in my life where I can easily cut out people and things that drain me physically and emotionally…I am so much happier now!

  • Kim
    June 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I love all of these! As a blogger and mom, I need to work more on self care.

  • Hannah Adkins
    June 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I think that taking the time and being grateful for things can make a huge different in your attitude, how happy you are, and your day to day.

  • Denea
    June 4, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I love your topics. Who doesn’t want to add more joy to their life. It seems like your adding joy by this podcast because its something you clearly love.

  • Donna
    June 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I create joy by surrounding myself with things that make me happy – my family, my pets and lots and lots of food and travel 🙂

  • Pam
    June 5, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    It’s important to focus on what brings you joy. I really should evaluate what my top 5 things are!

  • CourtneyLynne
    June 8, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Omg love this!!! I all about finding the positives! If you can look for something good in everything you do, you will always be happy!