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Easy Ways to Spark Some Joy

Fri, Jul 01, 2022


Sometimes, when the world feels especially heavy, we need ways to spark  joy.

We all know there are no quick fixes to one’s mental health, but below are five ways to create little moments of joy in your every day life.


smiling woman sparking joy


1. Start a wave of compliments 

Compliments are contagious. When someone says something nice, it’s natural to want to return the favor or continue to spread the love.


2. Give someone a hug for at least 20 seconds

Did you know that a hug can help lower blood pressure? When you hug, touch, or sit close to someone you love, your body releases oxytocin, which scientists call the “cuddle hormone.” This hormone can help relax and lower anxiety, which in turn can effectively lower blood pressure. Plus, it's fun.


picture of woman hugging


3. Simply make a list of what brings you joy

Focus on five things that bring you joy. Write them down -- anywhere. When thinking about those five things, it will be hard not to smile and feel a little joy sneak in. 


4. Spend some time outside

Even 20 minutes of time outside will help spark joy and make you feel more connected to the natural world. Many healers describe the activity of "grounding" as therapeutic for body and soul. 

grounding feet


5. Give a little bit

Whether you donate to a charity you love, give clothes you no longer need to Goodwill or send someone a gift, giving is a great way to spark joy into your day and someone else's. 


care package to spark joy


What are additional ways you spark joy? Please share in the comments below. 

Thank you for reading! 

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