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Friday, January 31, 2014

31 Tips to Find Balance and Cultivate Joy

At the start of January, I shared with my likeronies that I only had one resolution this year: to find balance and cultivate joy (well, maybe that's two).
Even though I have successfully fought off depression in early 2013 (heck, I even wrote a book about it), some bad things that had formed through this lengthy period of dark thought had lingered, like the screaming and anger and general malaise in my family. So a continued search for balance and ways to let the joy in were only a natural prolongation of the path I was already on last year.
I decided to share a daily tip towards that progress with my Facebook peeps, and wouldn't want to waste those for people who're not on there.

Without Further ado, here they are: 31 Tips to find Balance and Cultivate Joy in 2014

  1. Laugh together Every. Single. Day.
  2. Practice mindful breathing: take a couple of deep, conscious breaths every day, focussing on the sensations in your body and feeling your stress dissipate
  3. Take naps when possible
  4. Show your appreciation. Telling people that they look nice, that the food is nice, that the moment is lovely shares the joy
  5. Practice yoga. Even if you only have time for a small series or two poses, do it. Include your kids, they'll love it!
  6. Spend time doing something you love without guilt, do it every day
  7. Let go of the small stuff. Ask yourself if it's really worth the energy 
  8. Be silly for no reason
  9. Meditate every day. Even if you only have a couple of minutes, it's enough. Make a habit out of it. Set an anchor time each day.
  10. Take time to enjoy your food
  11. Ignore people who make you feel bad, invest in people who make you feel good
  12. Take time to prepare delicious food with beautiful ingredients
  13. Spend some extra love and attention on special occasions with your loved ones
  14. Be creative
  15. Be grateful, even for the small things. Being grateful for what you have and not taking anything for granted is a sure path towards joy
  16. Go outside every day
  17. It's ok to do NOTHING every once in a while
  18. Let go of the past, there is really no use in mulling and fretting over what has been... even if it's hard to let go
  19. Step out of your comfort zone, make it a habit
  20. Spend more time in the now, drown the mental chatter by really being present
  21. Know the difference between hopes and expectations, let go of the latter
  22. Hug and kiss the ones you love as much as possible
  23. Love yourself, just the way you are
  24. Joy is a choice and it's yours to make
  25. Turn off the screens and spend time with the ones you love
  26. Think positive. Stop negative thought before it gets a hold of you
  27. Forgive
  28. Only speak intentionally
  29. Always choose love
  30. Practice smiling all day long
  31. Listen deeply

Image: Rain of Happiness



  1. Laura, I LOVE this. I love that you share so openly. I love the things on this list as they are on my list. And your call to cultivate joy and find balance is precisely what leads me to my own focus on PRESENCE for the year. Wishing joy, balance, peace ease and connection to you and your family,

    1. I think you hit the nail on the head there... Presence is key to joy and balance in a family, and it is something I so struggle with! Thanks for your warm wishes! I wish the same to your family


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