Wellness Brings Joy
Do you have it? Do you have wellness?  Do you have joy?

So many people think that joy is something you have or don’t have. I thought that for a long time.  Really, we have it off and on in differing amounts all day.  Joy is more than the LOL moments you have.

Joy is the emotion of great delight (dictionary.com). Emotions are fluid.  They grow and they shrink through experiences.  I can be upset, angry, very angry or pissed.  Likewise, I can be content, glad, happy, or joyful. Where do you fall on that continuum? The joy sisters are fighting for joyful!

Many factors effect our ability to be truly joyful.  Those factors can all be defined and addressed through wellness.  The terms health and wellness are used interchangeably in some places and, if you are like me, you can get confused.  This is how I break it down.  Health is the condition of our physical body or our mind being free of illness or disease.  Wellness is the overall state of individual well-being.  Well-being is a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare (dictionary.com)

We achieve wellness or optimal well-being by finding synergy among all the dimensions of wellness. There are eight dimensions of wellness:  Physical, emotional, environmental, financial, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, and social. 

I know it’s random to you (not to me since my oldest has been looking at colleges) but I came across a statement of wellness on the William & Mary website that I love.  

“All dimensions of wellness need our attention for us to truly flourish. There doesn't have to be a balance among all dimensions. Instead, the goal is to find a personal harmony with the dimensions that is most authentic for you. You can't get there passively, it requires active awareness, acceptance and commitment.”

Joy is like that too.  It needs “our attention to truly flourish… you can’t get there passively, it requires active awareness, acceptance, and commitment.” Why?? Because the amount of joy we experience depends on the state of our wellness!

The members of our online community know this intuitively.  When we polled them for the their goals and the content they want more of they said things like: more energy, to be present, positive thinking, relationship with God, self-respect, love, & worth, embracing people, mental health, retirement, health & wellness, etc.  

So this is our focus for 2022….. Claiming Joy through Wellness

We are everyday women seeking to have experience more joy in our lives. If this is you too, pop on over to Facebook and join our online community: Joy for Everyday Women.


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