Fun and joy both feel good, yet they are two different concepts that you experience in life.
Yes, even you. Even depressed traumatized people experience some joy and fun, even if only for brief moments, at some point in their lives.
Joy and fun serve two distinct purposes across your life. They differ in these 5 ways:
1. Fun is something you experience while taking some action. You may be reading or physically active. You have fun doing something.
Joy is more passive than active. You feel joy when thoughts (good feeling interpretations of events) cross your mind.
2. Fun births laughter. In fact when you have loads of fun you may find yourself laughing out loud or even rolling on the floor. Tears may run down your cheeks.
When you have fun you usually make noise. Think of people riding roller coasters and all their squeals.
Joy is more of an inner experience, a silent knowing of peace. You tend to experience joy as feeling content.
3. Fun is usually (but not always) a shared experience. You have fun with a friend or even with strangers. You probably are not alone when you do the things you describe as fun activities for you.
In fact part of the fun is seeing the experience through the eyes of the other people present.
You feel joy inside. No one else needs to be present. Joy is completely an inside job unique to each individual. Someone else’s joy may or may not be evident to you. And you will not miss your own experience of joy.
4. Fun is momentary. You do something that is fun. And then you are done doing the fun activity. Sure the memories may endure a long time (even forever) but the event ends.
Joy feels like a sense of accomplishment. It is not a goal but a place where you arrive emotionally or perhaps spiritually. Joy lingers in your body, mind and spirit.
5. Fun is easy to describe. You share the details of the activity ad others understand what you did. They may or may not agree that activity would be fun for them. Doesn’t matter. It was fun for you.
Joy is more abstract and intangible. Others may observe your face and body language yet describing how you feel, defining your joy – that is not easy. Maybe it is not even possible.
Everyone knows that yawns are contagious. Did you know that smiles are too? If you smile at someone chances are pretty good they will smile back at you. And if one of you starts laughing – well watch out for the ensuing fun.
Laugh out loud to liven your day and cheer up everyone in ear shot.
Smiles and laughter – catch both today and spread the cheer.
Happiness. That is what I teach–how to live in happiness now. Nothing in your life will work perfectly or permanently until you love yourself first. When you accomplish that end then you live in happiness.
Does that mean your life will be all rosy every minute? Nope. It means you can handle whatever comes your way and see the Light in every situation.
Remember, in the darkest room, even the light of match brightens the place.
Be the Light of the world and watch your own world sparkle with joy and love.
If you do not live in happiness–what is the point of anything?
When you open your eyes each day you get to choose whether your day will flow in joy OR hang heavily overcast with dark clouds.
Now why would you ever choose to think any way but happy?
Sound too simple? Tell me why thinking crummy thoughts of scarcity and sadness is easier than thinking happy thoughts of sunshine and laughter.
Brighten your day and take your life to the next level. Watch to find out exactly how to do it NOW…