Creating a Joyful Mindset

Creating a Joyful Mindset

It seems that for many the last month was a heavy one in many ways. As we move forward into April, it is with the deepest intention that from this joy may shine in new ways bringing in a new transition for all. In Greek the word chara is a noun which describes a feeling of inner gladness, an inner calm, delight or rejoicing. Chara, or joy, is a powerful feeling.

Joy can be expressed in different ways and we can choose to focus on it to develop a mindset of chara. According to the Yale Scientific, when we are joyful we smile and the brain releases a neurotransmitter known as dopamine, which has the power to produce prolonged feelings of happiness. Joy relieves worry, adds resilience, improves mood and increases serotonin. When you laugh, it increases serotonin and endorphins in the brain, and simultaneously decreases stress hormones in the body.

Tips for creating a joyful mindset:

  1. Make it a practice to spend 20 minutes in gratitude, connecting to your highest intentions and breathing deep breaths of relaxation. Start with ten areas you are grateful for and why-visualize positivity, feel warmth, and hear yourself saying it out loud if necessary.

  2. Be here now. Focus on what is ideal and possible for the moment. Know that inner gladness is free and when we adopt that choice, our brain unhooks from the overwhelmed or reactionary status to be able to have more resources to deal with the moment.