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Date Added: May 2015

The term joy comes up often during the holidays. Joy is the feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Studies continually show joy helps improve employee engagement, so why only seek joy during the holidays?

Here are 10 simple tips to bring greater joy into others’ lives. These relate to interactions at work, family and community; as well as you personally.

1.    Don’t judge others. Live your life and let others do the same.

2.    Serve others. Give of your time and talents.

3.    Be patient. Patience reduces stress and avoids panic.

4.    Take time for yourself. Life is busy; however, invest time to enjoy your spouse, children, environment, etc.

5.    Take one day off weekly. While taking time for yourself, value and find free time.

6.    Encourage youth. Inspire and mentor children or younger co-workers.

7.    Value community. Cherish the water we drink, the food we have, and the people we interact with as these are precious commodities.

8.    Be positive. Being positive makes people smile.

9.    Respect others. Appreciate your beliefs and be considerate of others’ beliefs.

10. Strive for harmony. Bringing joy results in stronger, healthier relationships.

These 10 tips are a summary from Ron Rolheiser, president of the Oblate School of Theology. As you can see, they are simple and items we can do 365 days a year – not just during the holidays.

Mother Antonia Brenner may have summed up joy and happiness best. Twice married and divorced, she raised seven children. She voluntarily entered a prison in Mexico to live and be with 8,000 murderers, gang members and other inmates. In her 25 years in the prison, she often suppressed violence; bringing harmony and joy.

She said, “Happiness does not depend on where you are. I live in prison… in 25 years I have not been upset or angry. I have a reason for my being.”

Happiness and joy begin with us – regardless of where we are emotionally at in our lives. Let’s commit to beginning our personal journey’s so we can spread joy to ourselves, our co-workers, our families, and our communities.

David Yeghiaian is committed to leading people on a life-changing journey to being great leaders. Reach him at david@unique-solutionsinc.com.

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