Live Joyfully ~ 8 ways for 2016

8 ways to live joyfully

We need to live joyfully as people who love the Lord.

I love words, but particular ones make my heart very happy. Joy is one of them! The word rolls off my tongue with a smile . . . you simply can’t frown and say joy and mean it.

In the same way, it seems that many people can live in a culture of joy continuously, no matter what is going on in their lives. People gravitate towards them, wanting to be in their presence as though joy might rub off.

There are 8 primary ways that we can learn to live joyfully, even though I could make a list of several dozen ways, these are great ways to get started.

SHOW LOVE

BE KIND

GIVE THANKS

PRAISE GOD

SHARE STUFF

LAUGH A LOT

CELEBRATE LIFE

PRAY ALWAYS

These eight things seem rather simple, but when looked at carefully, they are life changing for us, and for others who we share our joy with continuously.

As a means for scheduling joy in the workplace, Author Derek Brown suggested this, but I found it a helpful tool a for family relationships and friendships, too.

Put times of rest, celebration, and happiness on the calendar. Get away from the office. Do something outside of work together. Party after a product launch or after a milestone is reached. Eat together. And put this on the calendar.

Make celebrating part of the job description.

I love his advice and want to schedule joy in 2016: meals together, outings, celebrating each event. I want joy to be a reflection of my love for the Lord.

Galatians 5:22-23

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control.

Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine

Becky Capps for Joyful Times

 

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