If you’ve been following Love What's Next, you've heard me talk a lot about my definition of joy and how it’s very different from happiness. Happiness is a feeling that comes and goes in moments like watching a funny movie or celebrating a birthday. Joy is a sense of being...being present, being grateful, being purposeful and finding peace in your life.
We're all searching for more joy in our life whether we consciously do it or not. We eat, sleep, and we drink too much…these are just a few ways we look to fill ourselves up in an attempt to find more joy. At the moment, they might make us happy but they never sustain us. In fact, according to a recent Harris poll only 33% of us are joyful.
While on my own journey to find more happiness (what I later learned to be joy) now as an empty nester, I was so curious why we weren’t happier so I did some research and this is what I found.
I discovered that scientists have determined that our happiness level is a result of a complex interaction of genes, behaviors, and life circumstances. But while each person has a genetic set point for happiness, a large portion of how we feel is under our control. How we spend our time, who we spend it with and what we say to ourselves throughout our day can really impact our long-term joy.
This was very exciting for me to hear because through my own experiences while on my quest to love what’s next, I uncovered exactly that! We CAN control our own level of joy and this study is in exact alignment with the Love What’s Next 6 Pursuits , six, key, life impacting categories, which is the basis for all our Love What's Next Projects.
Happiness is fleeting but joy is unceasing! Everything we do at Love What’s Next is about teaching you practices to find joy in your daily life...even in times of change and struggle. Each Project is filled with simple, daily challenges created to enhance your current level of joy and show you how to sustain it.
It’s up to you at what level of support you need through our Projects...
Are you one of the 67% looking for more joy in your life? Maybe you have just found here at Love What's Next. Take a leap and see! We would love for you to join us and show you there is so much more to life!!
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Nicole Cavey is the Chief Pursuit Officer of Love What's Next. Through her personal journey to uncover what was next for her, she discovered that you can love where you are no matter what stage in life you are in... as long as you know how. Her mission is to show YOU how!