Joy: The Best Habit

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.”

Holding in the things that bother us and keeping big problems to ourselves can be detrimental to our health and relationships. A constant spewing of our issues can also cause others to be desensitized to our downfalls. On the other hand, shedding light on what makes us shine brightens the world around us. Tooting our own horns is a healthy way to say “Woohoo!” when we do something great, but can make us come across as cocky. We have to find a balance between what makes us rant and what makes us rave.

As we enter a holiday season unlike any we’ve experienced, let’s take stock of all that is good and worthy of appreciation. Celebrate the talents and skills that make us successful and unique. Set our weaknesses and shortcomings aside. (You are probably the only one who notices these anyway.) Quit throwing pity parties and start throwing “I’m a Bad Ass” bashes.

If you aren’t sure where to start in your celebration of awesomeness, make a list of the abilities, traits, qualities, and talents that make you proudest. Once you’ve got a list, assign awesomeness to be aware of each day. By the end of the week, you will have commemorated at least seven super skills or strengths. By the end of two weeks, you will have rocked out recognition of at least 14 fabulous features. The list and the joyful jubilations are infinite.

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.”

Break the habit of dwelling on the downers and make marveling in joy your motivation. Habits are evolutionary. They evolve as they are implemented into our practices and processes. Put some Intentergy into your practice of talking, singing, sharing, celebrating, and building up the good stuff in your life. Make joy your best habit.

By: Melanie A. Peters

P.S. It doesn’t hurt to ask others what you are good at for the list. You could contribute to their list of personal greatness as well.

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