Joy and Satisfaction

How do you live each day?  Would you say that you live most days well? Are you an encouragement to your family and friends, great coworker, supportive team member and loving partner?  Do you like your life, or do you at least like where your life is headed?  These are just a few of the questions I’ve been pondering this month as I’ve thought and shared about Mental Health Month.   I think that being healthy mentally is one of the most important things you can do to empower yourself.

If you haven’t heard it lately, let me remind you that your attitude is one of the most important aspects of your life and mental health, of your success in business and relationships, in your friendships and as a parent.  If you have a bad attitude towards life, you won’t be as successful as some, and you certainly won’t enjoy your success when you have it.  You probably won’t have as many friends or like yourself as well as you could.

You have the power to change your attitude, to choose to have a better, healthier, attitude towards yourself and life.  I was checking out the Mental Health website and saw this really cool companion site that encourages us to “Live Your Life Well.” I’m not going to talk about all 10 points, but I encourage you to stop by and check them out.  The one that stood out to me, of the 10 tools for living life well, was #6: create joy and satisfaction.

Do you create joy in the lives of others?  Are you satisfied by your life?  You can become more joyful and more satisfied by doing one thing: changing your attitude!  You can choose to be intentional about sharing joy and contributing to the lives of others.  You can comment or share their posts and tweets on Facebook and Twitter, you can hold open a door for someone, you can bring bagels to work just because, and you can do something special for your partner for no other reason than because you love them.

Increase your life satisfaction by being committed to doing what makes you come alive.  Don’t work a job that is crushing you, be in a relationship that hurts you, or spend time with people who make you feel bad.  Decide that you will be content with what you have, but that you will never stop growing and striving to live and be better.

Whose life will you bring joy to this week?  In bringing them joy not only will you make them happy, you’ll also be blessed by it!  I’d love to have you share what you do to create joy and what being satisfied means to you below.

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