If your mood (and with it, your perspective) stays consistently joyful, you can change everything else in your life.
We act as if it is our external circumstances that give us the internal experiences. In actuality, our life will always reflect our internal world back to us; a joyful disposition will bring you a life which supports that joy.
However, the things in your life don’t always change instantaneously; the opinions and molecules have to shift, and that can take time. It will happen, but it can take time.
Going from miserable to joyful may feel like you are having to drag your life with you. Your finances, your home, your relationships, your work: all may seem like they are holding you back. You have this new joyful disposition, and you’ve got this life you made when you were miserable that keeps reminding you to be miserable!
This is when it is such a good idea to go for something new
It’s not necessary to cut ties, quit, or move, but there is such power in being in a new place, talking with a new friend, having a conversation you just couldn’t have when you’re miserable with someone you wouldn’t have met.
Here is a list of some ideas to help inspire you:
Try a new…
- coffee shop
- route home (using public transportation)
- volunteer project
- spiritual practice
- artist to listen to
- and remember to look up, make eye contact, smile, and (yes!), say “hi”
This is creating life right now, where you are, in your joy.