Happy. It’s a word we frequently say when we feel good. In the Will Smith movie, The Pursuit of Happyness his character, Chris Gardner, struggled through homelessness, poverty and joblessness all with his young son by his side. He finally caught a break the day the brokerage house, where he worked as a trainee, offered him a job. He knew his life would change from that moment on and that the future would be easier for his son. Smiling from ear-to-ear with his fist pumping in the air, he called that one brief moment in his life…happiness.


Happiness is defined an emotional reflection of your overall well-being and life satisfaction. Did you know that only 1 in 3 people report being happy?


There are many external life factors that determine happiness and satisfaction. In the case of Chris Gardner, it was a change in income and career; For others it can be found in a relationship or in physical health and wellness.


Happiness is composed of external factors. These external factors can change from time to time and if your emotional wellness is dependent on them, then you are in for a bumpy ride.


But what if instead of focusing on changing conditions sometimes outside of your control, you focused on an inward sense of wellness and well-being called, JOY…?


Joy is defined as bliss, sheer gladness or the expectation of something great not based on what is happening. There is no cost to obtain it and it’s available to everyone. Joy is a gift. Joy cannot be faked; either you have it or you don’t. It is not influenced by external factors and has a depth that cannot be shaken or moved even when life circumstances change.


It is a characteristic that comes from within.


The choice of joy must be chosen every day. It’s not a response given based on a condition, instead it is a way of life that does not bend with the wind. It remains consistent whether you are on the job, home with the family or interacting with the everyday world. Joy remains the same and is consistent.


So how do you get joy? The short answer is by changing your thoughts and not living in negativity no matter the occurrence.


Here are some tools at your disposal that’ll bring joy and help keep it in your life:


  1. Thinking Positive


  1. Faith/Spiritual Connectedness


  1. Live in Your Purpose


  1. Compile a Gratitude List


A byproduct of joy is happiness, but the biggest transformation is maintaining a lifestyle that is guided from the inside out and not from the outside in.


At my counseling practice in Riverview, Florida I tell individuals, teens, couples and families to choose joy daily. I remind them to pay attention to the positivity around them and most importantly, sustain an internal perspective of joy that cannot be shaken no matter the outward circumstance.


Want to know how happy people are near where you live? Check out this unique chart: https://ourworldindata.org/happiness-and-life-satisfaction/

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