Nine Ways to Open Your Heart to Joy

kids-laughingThe greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of the magnificent experience it will draw to you. It will produce wonders in your life. -Jack Boland

Joy springs from within; no one makes you joyous; you choose joyfulness. —Anonymous

1. Learn to love yourself.


You cannot fully love others until you believe you are worthy of love. Look into the mirror everyday and say,

“I love and accept myself exactly the way I am..”

2. Release your old story and write a magnificent new story.


As you begin to let go of the old beliefs from your childhood (the main one is that I am not good enough-which is surely untrue!) and love yourself, your whole life will change.


3. Love with your whole heart.


Loving and enjoying people and life is like ice cream for the soul.


4. Appreciate all that you have.


When you love and appreciate all the good in your life your cup runneth over.

5. Forgive others and enjoy the feeling of liberation that brings.


Forgiveness is for you, not for the other person.  Why carry the poison of hatred in your body, mind and spirit?


6. Be in the moment making every moment count.


If you live in the past you get depressed; if you live in the future you get anxious.

Living now will release suffering. As worries come just say, “Relax, release, let go.”

7. Give to others and allow others to give to you.


Giving and receiving are the same. Share the joy!


8. Live simply.


Simple living simplifies everything. Get rid of clutter in your life, in your head, in your workplace and home. Make space for all the good things to come into your life.


9. Do things that make you come alive!


Enjoy every minute of being awake and alive.


It is a promise that if you practice these principles of joy your life will be better than you ever imagined!


Brenda Strausz is a holistic psychotherapist with a practice in Southfield, MI. She combines traditional and alternative techniques to help you live with more ease, joy and freedom. Her belief in the healing power of love and forgiveness guides her work. She can be reached through her website at or or find her on Facebook at Open to Joy.

You may also like:

Joy is Peace with Wings

The Power of a Listening Heart

The Magic of Love and Acceptance

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  1. Thanks so much for this, Brenda!

  2. You are so welcome Shen! I hope your heart is open to JOY!

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