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5 Minutes Of Joy

It gets so hectic during the holiday season, with frantically buying gifts on our list and checking it twice.  Sometimes we forget to take time for ourselves.

One of the best things that I learned, that helped me decrease my stress level is to take 5 minutes of joy each day.

At first, I had trouble finding something that causes me joy.  This doesn’t mean that I’m not a happy person, but when you have to intentionally create time that you get to smile and laugh and be happy … it’s hard.

So, I went over in my mind all the things that I really love.  I love animals, the Beatles and massages, just to name a few.  5 minutes of joy can be as simple as taking a walk down the street, smelling beautiful flowers, watching ducks as they swim in the pond or just taking the few moments as the sun sets on the horizon and beyond.

These 5 minutes are priceless and will do so much for your well-being.

For me, I could use those 5 minutes to spend with my children who, of course, bring me joy.  I call Jillian the “joy factory.”  She is continuously delighting me with her creativity, her singing and her joy.  She makes me smile and, (when she’s behaving!), I can just look at her to instantly witness my mood changing to joy.

This is such a great practice to get into.  How can you create 5 minutes of joy each day in your life?  Everyone has at least 5 minutes to be joyful.  What things can bring you joy?  I’d love to hear your comments below.

 

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