Healthy Spirit

Falling into Joy

More joy equals more success.

Story: Conni Ponturo

Successful people can attribute their happiness and fulfillment to having constant joy in their lives. They notice and appreciate the little moments that contribute to greater joy. Instead of worrying about what they don’t have, highly successful individuals tend to appreciate where they are now and how they got there.

So how do we get to that same level of success if feeling joy is a foreign concept?

Start with noticing what is around you—the little joys that are everywhere: your first cup of coffee in the morning, the light as it slowly moves through the sky, your partner and family, your connection with others, where you live, or your job. This is just the beginning, but you will want to notice what you have and appreciate how being in the moment allows those joyful feelings to wash over you.

As those positive feelings begin to enter our life, they start to add color to the world around us. They allow us to be more understanding in difficult situations, to stay present in our life, and to stop looking elsewhere for our happiness. That positive energy output will draw others to you.

You will find yourself making better choices regarding food because you will begin to treat your body with love and respect. If you haven’t been active in a while, start a simple daily walk around the neighborhood. Begin with 10 minutes walking in one direction and 10 minutes back, and every week add 10 more minutes. Once you are comfortable moving, seek more rigorous opportunities such as trying a fitness class or working privately with a trainer.

Start a joy journal and write down five things a day that give you joy. Writing first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea allows you the time to notice what you have, and those positive feelings can stay with you all day. Keep this up for 21 days to make your habit stick.

Think of your emotions and feelings as being held in a container, and that container is you. As joy and gratitude fill your life, your container grows and your ability to handle more grows as well. Negative people won’t bother you quite as much because now you take care of yourself first. Read books with positive messages and see uplifting movies and shows. Surround yourself with people who allow you to feel good and offer support in your life. Let go of the haters; they just drag you down.

Notice how you are behaving with your family and friends. Are you sharing the best of who you are with them? Get out of your comfort zone and into the world and try new foods and classes and take a friend along with you for support but get out into the world. Realize that your life is a series of choices and, at any moment, you can make different choices. Get out there and become one of the highly successful people, because you have made the decision to see what is joyful in the world.


ABOUT THE WRITER

Conni Ponturo is a transformational movement and lifestyle coach. Her expertise in rehabilitative training makes her a first stop after hip replacements, spinal fusions, knee replacements, rotator cuff surgeries, and other procedures following serious injuries. Ponturo holds certifications from Pilates Method Alliance, Balanced Body, and Physical Mind Institute. She is the author of “Falling into Joy,” in which she shares eight steps for staying connected to the natural state of joy.

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