Having a joyful attitude comes easy on days when everything is right on track. But on days when the medication doesn’t seem to work or when the walls feel like they are closing in, it can become easy to be weary and restless. During weeks in which the Barometric Chart can show others how rough the migraine days have been, it is easy to get lost in the pain.
Like many other emotions, being joyful is a choice. Having a joyful attitude is not necessarily an indication of how life is at this very moment. Having joy is a conscious act that requires focus, dedication and perseverance. It is determined by an active choice to focus on the positive in spite of the negatives that may surround you.
Finding reasons to have joy can be as simple as listening to a child laugh, seeing a beautiful sunset or in helping others. Finding the reasons is the easy part of choosing joy. Searching for things to remind you of that choice can be difficult.
I, personally find reminders of joy within the pages of my Bible. God’s promises to us are within those pages and define what it means and how to choose joy through hardship.
Here are 2 of my favorite Bible verses that talk about being joyful:
- “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” – John 16:22
- “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7
There are other ways to keep a joyful attitude in spite of your struggles. I believe that it is necessary to use a combination of things to maintain joy.
Below I have listed a few things, in addition to reading my Bible, that work for me.
- Make a list of the most important things in your life. Keep this list and use it as a visual reminder not to allow the small things that come along overrule these things. I keep this list in my phone so it is always available.
- Keep frustration levels lower by prioritizing your to-do list and breaking it down into small steps. Nothing can stress me out more than thinking about a huge list of things that need to get done. Looking at the big picture gets me worked up every time. I accomplish more if my list is broken down into smaller tasks.
- Toot your own horn! Acknowledge your hard work and/or your achievements. Did you get through a bad day and keep your joyful attitude? Great! It is perfectly acceptable to treat yourself with a nice soak in a bubble bath! Rewarding yourself is a great way to remind yourself that being joyful is a choice!
It is important to say that having a joyful attitude does not mean that your struggles are not that hard. I am in no way saying that you should bury your head in the sand and ignore the problems. What I am saying is that it is more productive to face those struggles with an attitude of joyfulness rather than one of hatred, dread or anger. Keeping an attitude focused on positive outcomes helps move through the hard times.
What do you think you could do to find a joyful attitude?
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