This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.
~ Traditional song
One of the questions I ask my Style Statement clients is, “What do you want more of in your life?” It’s a simple yet profound question. One client’s reply was especially luminous: “I feel deep joy within me, but I want to bring more of it to the surface.”
So many of us have much to be joyful about and we know it—in fact, we feel it—deep down inside. Deep, quiet joy steadies us and keeps us on this side of optimism and openness. Although quiet joy is no less real than exuberant joy, the expression of exuberant joy tends to stir up more joy in ourselves and others in response.
If you’re happy and you know it, make an exuberantly joyful gesture: Dance when no one is watching. A magnificent meal on an ordinary Monday. Opera in the shower. A journal entry listing 70 things that bring you joy.
Private or shared, exuberant joy loves the sound of itself.
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