pursue joy

If there is only one piece of advice I can give you as we enter a new year, it's to endlessly pursue joy.

Chase after the things that bring you pure bliss. Don't feel ashamed for making decisions that bring you happiness.

This becomes difficult when the things that bring us joy also scare us. You can do it. These are often the decisions that bring us the most growth. Go for the challenge.

It's also tough to do when the thing that lights you up causes troubles for those close to you. As long as it isn't causing physical or mental harm, try to ease your guilt. The happiness of others should not rely on you. You are in charge of your bliss, and yours only.

Consider joy when making a career change or growing your own business. Consider joy in finding the perfect way to sweat. And especially consider joy when making next year's travel plans.

Joy can be integrated into every avenue of your life. And with it brings balance, harmony and all the other wonderful aspects of a truly authentic life.

Try an anti-joy cleanse for the new year. Evaluate your life - from home to adventure, career to health - and see where joy is being sucked out. Fix that. Get rid of those parts, shave them from your day. Focus on the good parts and enhance those. Do more of what makes you happy.

Endlessly pursue joy.

Megan te Boekhorst