Joy in a box and A Productivity Boost

Hi everyone!

 

I am delighted to share today’s article with you from a lovely women I had the honor to connect with last year.  In our conversation she shared with me a practice she has taken on called giving a “Happy Day Gift”.  I was so touched by the notion I knew I needed to share it with you.  

Hello Everyone!

With the coming of fall it is time to revel in the crispness of the air and the turning of the landscape.   Football is the Sunday afternoon pastime of choice and it is almost time to start brainstorming for Halloween costumes!  Love it!

Things are going very well in coach Joelle land! I got my very first Cleveland library card. As a gal who is always reading 4-6 books at once I figured it was time to explore this treasure next door.  As a result, I just finished reading the very last Harry Potter book (it will not disappoint, I promise!) and the librarian even took notes on my favorite genre and within the day called me with a list of suitable titles and put 2 books on hold for me.  Now that’s service! And it’s free! 

I also signed up for a book writing class with my good friend Kristen and my husband Jeff.  We are all promised that we can have a first draft done by Christmas so I was a “heck ya!” 

I am also jazzed about a 21 day cleanse that I am participating in starting Tuesday.  It is a group activity with a professional which I am sure will go better than my own creative yet somewhat lacking attempts (fingers crossed).

I have even had the opportunity to apply to have my own coaching show in Canada! The whole application process made me feel like I was on The Apprentice; super tight deadlines, lights, cameras, and my whole community coming to bring it all together. What a ride!

More details to come but needless to say there ain’t no moss growing on this stone!

I am delighted to share today’s article with you from a lovely women I had the honor to connect with last year.  In our conversation she shared with me a practice she has taken on called giving a “Happy Day Gift”.  I was so touched by the notion I knew I needed to share it with you.

Nancy’s article is sure to bring a little more joy into your life and those you love (or even those you just really like).

Spreading the joy!

Joelle


 

 

 

What exactly is “joy”? 

The Webster’s Dictionary describes it as:

“intense happiness or great delight.”

So, the question of the day is, “do you have a sense of intense happiness or great delight?”  I am going to be bold enough to say that most do not have that feeling. 

Now, does this mean that we are expected to walk around 24/7 feeling the joy?  No, that wouldn’t be realistic, however, I would encourage you to begin to take note of just how often you really feel joyous! 

You may be surprised at the fact that you are settling for less than the best when it comes to happiness.  This doesn’t mean that you have to make radical changes in your life, on the contrary, I am going to suggest to you that you simply stop wherever you are at this very moment and evaluate your last joyful experience.

How long ago was it?  What was it? 

Most people are so busy that they don’t stop to really think about the fact that once today is done and gone, it is truly banished from your life.  I myself have had to learn this lesson, having been in a business that was very stressful and although I had so much to be joyful about, I seldom found time to “be joyful” and to truly appreciate the moment and the gifts that I was being surrounded with. 

About fifteen years ago I took on an exercise in joy.  I experienced the need to express my love and appreciation to others, I simply didn’t know how to do that.  What form would it take?  Should it be grandiose and mammoth, or could it be something small and simple.  I decided to do something small and simple, yet significant.

I wanted my family, especially my grandchildren, to realize their importance and impact in this world. I wanted them to truly know that they have a purpose on this earth and that it will be individual and awesome. 

So, I created the “Happy Day Gift”. 

Now, at first, when I would walk into my grandchildren’s home and hand them a small gift they would simply tear into in and not realize anything different than before, it was simply another gift.  Then, as time progressed, I decided that the gift should carry a major significance.  So, when I walked into the house with a small gift, I would hand it to them and say,

“This is a happy day gift. It’s being given to you because you are a wonderful person with an incredible purpose.  All I ask is that you be thankful that people love you and that you do the same for someone else.” 

(By the way, this doesn’t have to be an expensive gift, in fact, I encourage you to not make it expensive.  It’s the power behind the gift that matters.)

As a result of these small tokens, they look for ways to give to others, which in turn gives them joy.  Joy is a full circle, you must give it away in order to receive it. 

Last year at Christmas time, I was in a small discount store shopping.  A family of five walked in and each child was given a very small amount of money to buy their Christmas gifts for their family.  As I walked through the store I overheard the children comment on the fact that if they each had $5 more they could get the gifts that they truly wanted to give to each other, however, since they were each short by $5 they would have to settle on something else.  It occurred to me at that moment that a Happy Day Gift for them would only cost me $25!  I approached the parents and delicately asked if they would accept this small token as a Happy Day Gift.  They cautiously asked what the catch was!  I understood their caution, and even appreciated the protection of their family.  I explained that “This is a happy day gift. It’s being given to you because you are a wonderful person with an incredible purpose.  All I ask is that you be thankful that people love you and that you do the same for someone else.”

Can I tell you that the joy they expressed was so incredible and that the small gift that I gave them of $25 came back to me hundreds of times over in the next few days.

The invitation:
I encourage you today to tell someone that they bring you joy.  I encourage you to look them in the eye, take their face in your hands, and tell them how important they are to you.  Tell them they have an incredible purpose in this world.  Let them know that you are joyful that they are in your life.  For it’s in giving joy away that you will find “intense happiness or great delight. 

Joyfully yours,

Nancy Curtis

Thank you Nancy for the inspiration!

Don't you just love it?! Pick someone right now, someone you love, and pledge to give them a Happy Day Gift sometime this week.  We would all love to hear about it. If you want to share, post it in the comments below.

Joelle

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