Celebrate Family Joy

What is family Joy?  Joy is different than happiness.  Happiness often refers to a feeling of well-being, good cheer, merriment, pleasure, and satisfaction. Joy, especially inner joy, goes much deeper.  More than the sudden joy of a pleasurable turn of events, it can be an inner bubbling that accompanies all activities.

Joy arises from within rather than from an outer source.  Joy shows a capacity for patience and persistence of a positive attitude in the face of adversity.  We experience a deep joy, when we share our compassion for others.  It is a desire to benefit life itself rather than any one particular individual.   It is often helpful to honor the joy that we experience in the family. It takes time to grow and develop.

Children are a joy when we discover the special realities and share the wonder and freshness with they view the world.

A deeper joy may be experienced in the sharing of positive moments and the fulfillment of meeting the routine challenges of daily life.

At the deepest level, a powerful unity is realized in meeting family and community crises together.  It is not necessarily wining or conquering, but the intense reward that comes from discovering the strength and closeness within your family and with your friends.

When we experience all three sources of joy our lives become more deeply enriched and fulfilled. Take time to notice your joy and share it with others.



Are you stressed?

Are YOU Stressed? Take the test…

1. My heart races for no reason. Doctor says I’m OK.

2. I am often doing two things at once.

3. I have trouble falling or staying asleep, or I wake up early with my thoughts racing.

4. My stomach hurts a lot.

5. I feel afraid of “losing it.”

6. I feel trapped in my busy schedule.

7. My back “goes out” often.

8. I fall asleep whenever I sit down to relax.

Stress is a major factor in illness, since our immune system is affected by the constant streaming of stress hormones into our system. Many doctors say that stress is the primary cause of most office visits and problems they treat. The tension in the muscles that stress causes makes back pain one of the most common symptoms. Therapists can help you manage stress with a few simple exercises and talk therapy. (National Institute of Mental Health

Untreated stress is dangerous! It can lead to high blood pressure, illness, and a host of other problems. Taking a few minutes every day to breathe deeply can help, but the best results come when you are willing to go deeper and talk to me about your life, exploring changes I can help you make. My training and objectivity give you another way to look at your life. Are you ready to change?