The joy of living is the art of living life in bliss and happiness daily.
This by all means does not mean your life would be free from the normal everyday hardship, or stress.
And although, there will never be a time when life would be free from the burden of life’s challenges.
However, what this means is that you have to master the art of living so that nothing can shake you off from the perspective of the meaning of life and true happiness.
Many people through defects in their character and core values constantly make wrong choices in marriage, work and the very art of living.
They tend to do the opposite of the things that guarantee the joy of living.
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Therefore, how do you give yourself an edge in living a joyful life?
There are things and practices you can do to have the experience of joyous living.
We are going to look at some of them in this article.
If you take them to heart and apply them in your life, most certainly you are going to find the joy of living.
STEPS TO EXPERIENCING THE JOY OF LIVING
FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE IN EVERYTHING YOU DO
The right balance means you should always do things that are neither too extreme on one side, so that the other side suffers. Which means you should always be at the zero limit or equilibrium.
For example, giving full attention to your job to the extent that other aspects of your life are not giving the required attention, in areas such as your relationship, and in both your spiritual and recreational life.
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Striking the right balance between work and building a strong family ties, religious practices, social life, investing, buying luxury goods, giving selfless service, is the right fit and source for a happy and joyous living.
LETTING GO OF THE NEWS ON RADIO AND TELEVISION
Many people do not realize that the cause of their fears, worries and anxiety comes from listening to negative news on radio and television.
Everyday, negative news like the Russia-Ukraine ongoing war, Covid-19 pandemic, kidnapping, terrorism, global inflation and other negative events are being beamed live into their living rooms.
The tendency is for people to be worried about their future as the possibility of WW3 stares us in the face.
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Unbeknown to many they carry this fear in their system resulting in high blood pressure, insomnia, migraine, and the many other conditions we suffer from daily.
The solution is to simply cut off the news and control what you listen to and watch on television and radio.
BUY EXPERIENCES INSTEAD OF THINGS
I am an advocate of investing your hard-earned money for the rainy day.
But again, who wants to work and work without occasionally enjoying the good things life can offer?
I am sure living that way would be sad and boring.
However, how do you spend the money budgeted for leisure and luxury?
Many people go out of their way to buy luxury items like cars, jewelry, pieces of clothing, furniture, and things that can be considered as a liability and do not add real value to life in the long run.
This is because the things you buy like cars, furniture, and jewelry get old and lose their value over time.
On the other hand, when you buy rich experiences, they stay with you for a lifetime.
By traveling to beautiful places around the world and learning about the different cultures of places visited, adds value and enhances your world view and education.
Ordinary people are living behind their jobs and beautiful mansions and embarking on life changing quests to discover who they really are.
A family of four John and Nancy Vogel and their 10-year twin sons rode on bicycles from Alaska to Patagonia Argentina.
Nate Damm walked 3400 miles from Delaware to San Francisco across the United States.
Matt Krause walked across Turkey, ending at the Iranian border.
The joy of living is found in your experiences and the happiness that comes from knowing you are pursuing a purpose or a passion.
Happiness is not motivated by the amount of money you have or the position you attained in life.
This is one way to increase the joyous experience. Go out and give off of yourself to others.
But what do you give? You can give your time by volunteering for a course anywhere in the world or you can give your money.
Another aspect of this is to always give credit to people who are deserving of it.
Don’t be the one who would always take credit for the success and achievement of others in the workplace, church or social organization.
Happy people judge their success by the success of the people around them and the lives that they have impacted.
The best way to make your dream come true is simply to make other people’s dreams come true.
This is a principle that works all the time.
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HEALTH IS WEALTH AND A HEALTHY MAN IS HAPPY.
A sick man cannot be a happy man. If you want to experience the joy of living your health must be a front burner in the decisions you make about your life.
While I am not a health practitioner, the only advice I can give here is that you should set aside once or twice a year to go for comprehensive health checks as this could unravel problems in the heart, liver, kidney, lung and other vital organs before they become life threatening.
Hence, you can see the importance of the clichés “A stitch in time saves nine’’ and ‘’ Prevention is better than cure’’ as they can serve as a reminder to you to always be mindful of your health and well-being.
Another aspect to maintain good health is to eat what is right for you, this is because what is right for A may nor be right for B.
A while ago I was suffering from hypertension as I was always on anti-hypertensive medication. No matter what I did my blood pressure refused to go down.
Then I came across an article on the internet, in it the author was talking about the effect of red meat on certain blood groups.
And specifically mentioned blood group A+. The blood of these people, which I belong to, struggled to break down the meat compound. And that’s why my blood pressure was always high.
However, when I discussed this with my doctor, he dismissed it with a wave of hand.
Nevertheless, I decided to skip eating meat completely for 6 months. After this time, the test shows that my BP has become normal.
Please, note that you can be a blood group A+ like myself and may not have these symptoms and even if you do, skipping meat may not work for you.
We are all different, you should find what works for you, since what you eat or drink is personal, only you can make that choice.
SLEEP IS A HEALER
Don’t underestimate the power of sleep to heal and revitalize the weary and tired.
When you learn to use the hours of sleep very well, you would find that you are always full of energy. This is because sleep replenishes lost energy and helps calm the brain.
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The recommended hours of a normal day’s sleep are between 6-8 hours daily.
Many people feel guilty when they sleep this long, because they have this belief ingrained in them that sleep is for the lazy and never do well.
However, to maintain a sound mind and good health you need to sleep more.
Apart from your mental well-being, your efficiency increases at work when you are properly rested.
Therefore, a well-rested man can boast of the joy of living.
USING THE POWER OF PRAYER AND MEDITATION
There is power in prayer and you can use it to address your concerns.
Prayer is a means to communicate to a higher power, God, infinite Intelligence, or the Universe, depending on which term appeals to you.
When you pray to God you can get relief to the ills that bedevil you.
And when you are relieved from a troubling situation happiness replaces it.
Meditation is also a means to communicate with the creator of life.
In meditation you try to quieten your physical organs so that you can be open to receive messages and images from the inner world.
Meditation can be used to bring peace and calm to your being as well as find solutions to problems.
Yet, for others it brings a deeper awareness of the divine.
LEARN TO INVEST FOR THE FUTURE
Nothing gives you peace and assurance than knowing your future is secured.
That’s why the goal of those who know how to invest their money is to achieve financial security and subsequently financial freedom.
How do you achieve this?
The simple answer is by investing your money in your active years.
There are different vehicles you can use to travel this path.
Some of these are stocks, 401k which is offered through your employer, IRA ROTH, Real estate, Mutual funds, Index funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), REITs and Bonds.
I can only state here the type of investments available.
Since I am not a financial advisor or a CPA, I can not advise you on the best investment for you.
If you are interested to learn about investing visit a financial advisor.
Although the times we are in are tough times, you can find balance and the joy of living if you practice the points listed above.
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