Seven Ways to Create More Joy in Your LIfe

Mr Natural WhistlingJoy is an experience that occurs in the absence of worry, fear and sadness. It is a natural condition when other things are removed. It isn’t something we have to force, manufacture or “work at”.

From my personal experience, (and from my experience being with thousands of people in my training and seminars) I want to share with you ways of thinking that will lead to more joy. These will also create less stress and a more calm and “drama” free experience of life.

Seven Ways to Create More Joy in Life

1. Quit blaming yourself for bad decisions. Certainly learn from them, and don’t make the same ones over and over. Remember, you probably made the best decision you could make in that moment, given the circumstances and your state of awareness at the time. Blaming yourself by hanging out in guilt is very self-indulgent. Sometimes we just have to feel sorry for ourselves and that is ok but try to cut down the amount of time you see yourself as a victim.

2. Knowledge that every good and bad event in life contributes to our character. This may sound simplistic, but there is a basic truth here.  You can handle these events with grace and courage or you can choose to be a victim to them. “things” happens, but what you make these “things” mean is your choice.

3. Live authentically. I have to confess to you that every time I took the easier, softer way, and not told the truth to othersJoy or myself, I created a lot less joy in my life.  You don’t have to be harsh with people, but certainly learn to make a stand for yourself.

4. I have learned that whining and moaning about how unfair life is will only get you a fan club of people around you who think the same way.

5. Live your purpose. If you are saying that I “don’t know my purpose” or “I am confused”, here is one you can use while you are figuring out your true purpose.  Live as if your life influenced hundreds of other people (it does). Live a compassionate and committed life, knowing that you can change other people’s lives just by how you live your life. Bring more love, compassion and commitment and less complaint to the planet.

6. I have found one constant in this world. Everything will change. No matter how bad or good things are going, it will shift. What you can always count on is change.  You are always at choice about how you think about change.

7. In the end, we are all in life together. Learn to give and receive.

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Finally to eliminate messes and major problems as much as possible by following my friend Doug Pittman advice:  “Live your life as a question, to which the only answer is love.”

I think this is a life well lived.

Patrick Dean

Dillon Beach California

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  1. Hello Patrick and Nancy!
    1993/1994, Kuala Lumpur,Colybrand Training. It was the best training I have attended. Patrick, your honesty and no nonsense approach is what I appreciated most. Nancy, your compassion towards me and others still linger till this day. I am so honored to have met both of you. I am so glad you guys are still making a difference to people’s lives. With much love, Ezu.

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