A Little Bit More Joy

This past summer, I wrote a post called That Which Brings Me Joy in which I talked about my hummingbirds and provided a list of things to do which could bring some joy into your life.
My hummingbirds continue to bring me much happiness. I bought a different feeder for them which the wasps that plagued me can’t get into, and I also bought a wasp trap which I’ve baited with a double concentrate of sugar water. The birds are happy, the wasps not so much, but there aren’t as many of them now with the weather cooling off as we head into fall.
I wanted to continue my list of things that might bring happiness into your lives, so here goes. I hope there are no repeats!!

  1. Write a thank-you note to yourself (on your best stationery, of course).
  2. Venture outside for a five-minute walk.
  3. Indulge in a delicious piece of chocolate (or a fresh colourful smoothie).
  4. Find a piece of jewelry you haven’t worn in a while – feels just like vintage shopping!
  5. Pick fresh flowers or send yourself a little bouquet of favourite flowers.
  6. Visit a funny blog, watch a movie, or spend time with someone who makes you laugh.
  7. Find serenity at a favourite local spot (ex. a park, a lake, a coffee shop, a little nook in your house or office).
  8. Bake a favourite treat with a family member or friend — or bake alone and surprise someone special with yummy treats.
  9. Discover an uplifting and fun song – something new.
  10. Slow down and enjoy a long brunch.
  11. Try a new fitness class.
  12. Indulge in watching tv or reading a magazine – guilt free!
  13. Declare a vacation day – write it BIG on your calendar so you get to anticipate this upcoming personal time (a vacation day can fall on the weekend).
  14. Do a good deed — help someone else find joy.
  15. Treat yourself to a favourite cup of coffee or tea – enjoy the flavours and activate your senses.
  16. Be goofy! Dance around your room to your favorite music.
  17. Explore the inspirational and joyful blog, Kind Over Matter.
  18. Get rid of two items in your physical environment that make you feel negative.
  19. Bite into a piece of fresh fruit.
  20. Wear a color that makes you feel confident and joyful!
  21. Write down three things that you are grateful for.
  22. Call a supportive friend – or reconnect with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  23. Start a book that you’ve been meaning to read.
  24. Browse books at your local bookstore.
  25. Learn something new (ex. a new hobby or craft).
  26. Write a thoughtful comment on a personal blog you read (comments mean the world to me – hint hint!).
  27. Create a list of 10 things you love about your significant other – surprise him/her with the list.
  28. Write a hope note and leave it for someone to find.
  29. Connect with your fellow tweeters. Send a tweet with a joyful message.
  30. Create a list of 10 things that make you happy – your own personal “joy” list.

I hope you enjoy this list and make good use of it. If you have other ideas or suggestions, leave them in the comments. Thanks, and remember…
There is always hope

12 thoughts on “A Little Bit More Joy

  1. This is a lovely list Pamela. I picked some daffodils for my sunroom just yesterday and felt lifted up by the sunny yellow flowers. Most of the things on your list are doable and we should all take a moment to read through and make our own joy list!! Very enjoyable read 😊

  2. When I feel good I grasp the moment and do! After a crappy few days I was surprised that I (for no reason other than I did) stood up from reading and felt energised. Never mind there was a whirling wind, a storm had been swirrling for two days, it was nine at night … if I feel good I use it. So I went into the garden and realised the storm raged around, it was roaring, cracking twiggs, raining huge globs of rain but not in my garden. Like some gap appeared in the weather to allow me to ‘Do. The husband thought me mad when armed with stuff I took myself coatless into the garden and cleaned the bifold doors, it was still and warm. I rubbed and shone those huge sheets of glass So satisfied I actually felt uplifted. Today the storm whistles but my windows are clean and I am still smiling.

  3. What a lovely list! I really do think it’s the little things that can bring such joy in our every day life. “Be goofy! Dance around your room to your favorite music” – it’s amazing how just a little awful dancing to cheesy music can uplift your soul! 🙂
    Caz xx

  4. What a wonderful list Pamela. I have not had the pleasure of reading your blog before today. I am a little behind but making progress catching up. I look forward to reading more in the future.

  5. I love this list of things to do Pamela. They will all bring moments of joy to our everyday life. I have to tell you my nickname is a humming bird on speed!!

  6. The list is a real feel good one Pamela…..some of the things which makes me happy are listening to my favorite music, watching some real nice tense suspense movie, trying out some new fragrance in deos or spray mists, just walking aimlessly and window shopping, writing in my blog, reading other blogs, designing new graphics, visiting a Japanese temple in my home city, and many more…:)….

  7. This is such a great list. This time of year (holidays) can be stressful so just stepping back and giving yourself a break – following a few of the items on the list can make a difference. thank you.

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