Making Lemonade out of Lemons! 7 Ways to Cultivate Daily Joy this SummerJune 12, 2020
We all want to be happier, and for seniors, experiencing daily joy can mean a longer, happier, more fulfilling life. On today’s True Blue blog, here are seven easy ways to cultivate daily joy this summer!
#1 Start a Gratitude Journal
Studies have shown that being grateful can improve your health and bring you joy, which makes it the perfect addition to your summer routine. One easy way to reap these benefits is to keep a daily gratitude journal. Not sure how to get started? These gratitude journal ideas can help. You can also keep it simple by writing down three things you’re grateful for every day.
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#2 Share a Happy Memory with a Loved One
We all have happy memories from our pasts, and one of the greatest joys in life comes from sharing these memories with the people we love. Whether you send a note or text reminding your grandchild of a special time you shared together or share a story from your past with someone who wasn’t there to witness it, the simple act of recalling and sharing happy memories will likely fill you with joy.
#3 Move Your Body
Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. So, if you want to cultivate daily joy this summer, we recommend finding fun and creative ways to move your body. While getting exercise can be a little harder during quarantine, there are plenty of virtual exercise ideas that can keep you active both during and after the coronavirus pandemic is no longer as big of a threat.
#4 Spend Time Outside
A little bit of sunshine might be just what you need to cultivate joy this summer! Sitting in the sun allows your body to absorb vitamin D and feel that comforting warmth on your skin. Plus, seeing plants, birds, and other wildlife can help you feel happier and more connected to the natural world. Whether it’s sitting in the courtyard or planting a garden, time spent outside will go a long way toward cultivating joy. Be sure to wear sunblock and sun protection and drink lots of water when spending time outdoors!
#5 Spark Your Creativity
One way to bring yourself joy is to embrace your creativity and make something! Not only does creativity lower stress, but it also gives you a sense of purpose. Wondering how to get started? Try writing a song about your life, drawing a picture of one of your favorite memories, making a collage of your favorite things, or making a card for a friend.
#6 Perform Random Acts of Kindness
You’ve probably experienced the special joy that comes when someone does something nice for you, but did you know that performing acts of kindness for others can actually make you happier? Whether it’s complimenting a team member, inviting a new resident to sit with you at lunch, or writing a letter to a friend so they know you’re thinking of them, doing something nice for others will almost certainly bring you joy.
#7 Try Aromatherapy
Have a favorite smell? Try buying an essential oil, candle, or air freshener that mimics the smell so you can surround yourself with it, even if isn’t “in-season.” Aromatherapy can trigger memories and enhance your mood, so have a few of your favorite smells on hand in case you want to close your eyes and smell the beach, a Christmas tree, fresh baked cookies, lavender, or whatever other scents bring you joy.
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