Joy’s home is in the Now

How are you all doing this holiday season.

Between the busyness of getting ready for the holidays and preparing to travel to see my family in the UK, I have found myself reflecting on the word “joy”; its meaning and the feeling that joy can generate. This enquiry started this summer when I read “The Book of Joy” written by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. One the questions that was most burning to them was “how do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable struggles?”

This holiday season I thought I would share with you 10 facts that I discovered about joy during my research and enquiry:

Joy is not always considered a feeling, moreover an attitude of heart.

Joy can be found in the small things of life and does not depend on “happiness”.

The more you notice what brings you joy, the more you notice what brings you joy.

Joy can be present even when we are grieving or feel sad.

Joy’s home is in the Now.

Our brain is hardwired for joy (Candace Pert, Ph.D).

Tapping on the third eye i.e. point between the eyebrow while we are experiencing joy can enhance its effects.

Joy is good for the immune system.

Acceptance of what is seems to invite more joy to be present.

Being at peace with our past allows joy to arise naturally.

This holiday season I invite you to welcome the joy that you already are into your homes and hearts. Each one of us can add to the joyful season in a myriad of ways. Just think about how many of us love to be around babies or young children who are full of joy. Allowing ourselves to recapture those innocent times can bring out our eternal joyful nature.

Wishing you all much love and joy for the New Year. Thank you for being part of my life and community and I look forward to connecting with you in the New Year.

Much love,


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