The 3 Best Ways to Find Joy in Everything You Do 84

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Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.
Chuck Palahniuk

Daily life doesn’t need to be boring, your work shouldn’t be dreadful, life is not meant to be lived in the future where ‘the next big thing’ or your holiday (escape from reality) is.

It’s the little things that matter.

It’s every single action you take in the day, every small talk, every song you hear and picture you see, every cup of coffee you drink and free minute you have, that is the essence of life.

And your job is to find great pleasure in such activities.

Without trying to change them – instead, accept that they are the single most wonderful thing that can happen to you in this exact moment, without trying to interfere in the natural flow, or to wish for something better or compare it to something from the past.

The best way to live life is to be mindful of your current activity and what’s in front of your right now, and to fully appreciate it.

Yes, I believe that even drinking your tea in the morning can be turned into a special ritual, a praise of the silence and peace that can only be found in the early hours, a whole ceremony if you wish.
Without this attitude, it will be just another dull morning in a man’s ordinary life. But if you have that approach to little habits like this, you’ll find pure contentment and true gratitude in places you never imagined they existed.

Here’s how to reach such state of mind and implement it to everything in your daily life:

How to Find Joy in Everything We Do

1. Slow down.

Before you do anything else, you need to stop being in a rush, and just slow down and enjoy.

Most people are these days, and that only leads to a lot of stress. And nothing really gets done if you’re always in a hurry. You never do your best, often forget stuff and make mistakes because of this haste. And definitely have no chance to stop and enjoy life. Or to even live it.

But it should be lived slowly, one moment at a time. So that we can experience it, understand it, and find pleasure in it.

For a start, you can begin by driving more slowly, slowing down when walking, eating, even brushing your teeth or reading/writing.

But you’ll have to be mindful and focused while doing it, and to constantly remind yourself of your goal to do the activity more slowly. Because we’re so used to being in a hurry that it’s hard for us to take it slowly.

Meditation can help with that. If not, at least drink your coffee in the morning peacefully to find joy in the early hours.

2. Focus on what you have.

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The more you think about the things you lack, the more you get of them.

So try to become aware of every single thing you have. Not just big things like being healthy, having people that love you, a good job, opportunities everywhere, or else. But each thing that’s in front of you in which you can find joy.

So if someone annoying wants to chat with you in the office, don’t reject him. Instead just listen, and think about how cool it is that someone wants your attention. Another human being is spending some of his time (the most precious resource we all have and the only one we can’t get back) with you.
The least you can do is listen and just be there with your whole being.

That’s a random example but shows you what attitude you should have in order to be full of gratitude.

Wake up every day and thank for being given another opportunity to enjoy your time on Earth. After all, you haven’t really deserved it, it’s just given to you and you can do whatever you want with it. It’s whole new 24 hours for you, in which you can change, learn and grow, do stuff you enjoy, or even indulge in unproductive activities that only give you instant gratification.
How awesome is that!

3. Be present.

One of the biggest and most important realizations in my life was when I truly understood that the present moment is all we have, it’s where life happens and where we can take action.

The past is gone, it can’t be changed. So I chose to learn from it, leave the regrets behind, and let it stay where it belongs – in the past.
If you don’t do that, you carry the burden of yesterday and bring it into today.

Also, the future is unpredictable. That may scare us every now and then, it makes us imagine the worst possible things that could happen.
But there’s something else – it doesn’t really matter right now.

The only thing we can do is look forward to what lies in store, and be prepared for it.

But whatever happens, it will be the best possible outcome for this stage of our lives. The next day, things will be different. But we’ll be okay with them too. That’s how we find joy and contentment in the now and experience this day.

I actually wrote a book on that topic some time ago – it’s about letting go of past and future and getting back to the present moment.

It’s the only place where we can find happiness and peace.

These 3 things I advise you to do are super easy and simple. You don’t have to go somewhere, buy, say or do something.
In fact, you just need to keep doing what you do daily, just slower, consciously and with gratitude.

And that makes all the difference. It did for me, and it will for you.

What about you? Are you living a hectic lifestyle, wanting what you don’t have and thinking about the past and future? If yes, what can you do about it today to start living better and find joy in little things?

See also:

A Guide to Practical Contentment
How to Wake Up Every Morning On Top of The World

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.