Do More of What Makes You Happy
Consume what brings you joy
This goes along with last week’s post on cultivating a joyful environment. Be aware of what media you are consuming throughout your week. Listen to music that lifts you up. Read books with encouraging messages. Watch shows that give you hope. This certainly doesn’t mean you have to give up darker favorites, but if you are struggling maybe give GOT a break in favor of a happy ending romantic comedy.
Give up guilty pleasures
Seriously, give up guilty pleasures, or rather give up feeling guilty over things that make you happy. So much media right now has to be edgy and dark to be “worthy art”. But if the trashy sitcom makes you laugh at the end of a hard day, or the latest one-hit-wonder has you bopping your head in the car, ENJOY IT, guilt free. Unless you are a secret psychopath who finds pleasure in drowning kittens you have nothing to feel guilty about.
Find a hobby
I’m a creative person, so there is little that brings me more joy than finishing a creative project, be it a scrapbook page, a knit baby blanket, or a graphic with a new favorite quote. My amazing a-dork-able husband plays D&D and collects endless trivia facts about every topic under the sun. I have friends who bake and decorate amazing cakes and cupcakes. Maybe you are one of those lucky people who finds joy in working out or running! If it makes you happy, do it, and more importantly SHARE it. Shared joy grows.
Everyone has different tastes, but if you are not sure where to look for some cheery media, here are a few of my favorites:
- My ever evolving Positive Energy Playlist on Amazon Music features girl power pop, some 80’s, Disney, and Christian pop
- Rachel Hollis Blogger, Author
- Kristina Kuzmic Social Media Mom
- The Princess Bride always makes me laugh
- Call the Midwife is always hopeful even when the subject matter is darker
- Gilmore Girls
- The Christmas Box Triology by Richard Paul Evans. I have read these books at least 15 times in the last 20 years. Like Call the Midwife, the subject material isn’t always lighthearted, but it is always hopeful.