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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

JOY JOY JOY!!! Greetings of the season!

JOY - A source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something exceptionally festive or satisfying.

Welcome to the second installment of JOY in my little experiment. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I will be recycling some of my material while I enjoy a week away from my computer at my mom's house for Christmas. I will add another JOY week at the end of my experiment if I feel additional concentration is needed (and who knows I just might continue indefinitely!) I do so, for those of you who are playing along and I hope that even reviewers find the information useful.
 This time around I will be fostering JOY in two ways:

  • Carry a pocket charm - I fully expect that I will forget about this game as I navigate through my daily life.  I will carry this small totem around with me,  and as I happen upon it,  I will be reminded that I am focusing on JOY.  I found this small pewter stone with the word joy engraved on it but any small pocket sized item can work for you as long as you associate it with this project.   

  • Create joyful memories - The holidays are about connecting with family and friends and that is what I will be doing. I wish you and yours all the best for the season and I look forward to sharing more Everyday Bliss with you in the coming year.

Last time around I went about exploring and encouraging JOY this way, if you have some additional time and want a more concentrated study of Joy try taking a few things from this list on:

  • Study - I was poking around the internet, considering the Practice of Joy as a spiritual endeavor,  and read the book "This is Your Brain on Joy" by Dr. Earl Henslin --  To play along,  conduct your own study of JOY or click on the links I've provided to do what I did.
  • Field work - Each day do at least one thing from Daphna Caperonis' terrific list of 50 ways to find Joy.  Click here, even if you have no plans to do anything from her list.  Just considering it is a joyous experience!
  • Get in the mood for Joy - Watch this very short (less then 5 minutes!)  Finding Joy Movie which is a nice, meditative way to begin any JOY filled day.  If time during the week permits,  I will also watch one of these feature Films on Joy.
 Next Post: Joy Boosters

My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise
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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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