20 Proven Ways to Joy

Over the past five months, we’ve embarked on a journey together of discovering and unlocking the potential joy that resides in each and every one of us. Parker Wellness has shared with you twenty proven ways to joy, as outlined by professor Hana Matt. These practices are things that everyone is capable of doing regardless of location, socio-economic position, age, gender, religious affiliation, or current happiness level.

Every person is deserving of happiness, and every person is responsible for his or her own happiness. Sometimes, we just need someone or something to help us get started and on the right path. Hopefully, this series has aided in that commencement. Before we move on to other topics relating to health and wellness, we would like to provide you with a recap of the twenty proven ways to joy. You can always go back and re-read any of the more in depth explanations of each proven way.

Way #1: Start Moving.

Way #2: Transform your negative thoughts into more constructive and positive ones.

Way #3: Avoid social comparison.

Way #4: Build and nourish social relationships.

Way #5: Practice acts of kindness and compassion.

Way #6: Cultivate appreciation, gratitude, and thankfulness.

Way #7: Appreciate yourself.

Way #8: Learn to savor the ordinary, but pleasurable moments throughout your day.

Way #9: Find and pursue a goal.

Way #10: Learn something new everyday. Be open to new and different experiences.

Way #11: Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night, and obtain sufficient rest throughout the day.

Way #12: Sing and listen to music.

Way #13: Regularly engage in some kind of creative expression.

Way #14: Observe your unpleasant feelings with nonjudgmental awareness.

Way #15: Laugh! Bring more humor into your life.

Way #16: Go outside. Embrace nature and the sun.

Way #17: Practice deep, elongated, and slow breathing.

Way #18: Set boundaries and limits against things that inhibit your happiness.

Way #19: Eat a high protein and vegetable rich diet.

Way #20: Connect with your spirit and soul in whatever way works for you. Appreciate the gift of being alive.

Thanks for sharing a smile with us! 


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