• Gemma McCabe Kelly

Access Joy

When is the last time you connected in with your inner Joy?

I mean what is better?! The craic, the giggles, the creativity flowing out, the laughter. But we lose it don't we? We become disconnected from it. When is the last time you let that inner Joy take over?

What is the value in allowing ourselves to feel joy? While you are reading this try to bring to mind the last time you fell around laughing! The last time you had a pillow fight, a tickle fight, the last time you splashed around at the beach, the pool. The last time you ran really hard messing around with your kids or maybe your friends. When is the last time you wore batman socks, or spiderman pyjamas, or the last time you wore some daring makeup that make you feel a spark of joy inside. As you are reading these examples you may have some memories coming into your awareness. How did you feel? I bet you will answer, Alive. Did you feel alive, connected, free? I bet you did. I would also imagine your world opened up, and whole perspective shifted. Suddenly things weren't so hard, so boring, so soulless.

When we connect in with our inner Joy, we gain a different perspective inside. We feel feelings that are pleasant. Life is en'joy'able.

Whatever it is that sparks joy inside of you, do it. And do it often. I want you to give yourself the permission to do whatever it is that sparks joy inside of you. Even if it sounds silly. If the thought of something gives you the giggles, the giddies, makes you want to clap your hands in delight, feel mischievous, then do it!

The many benefits of feeling Joy:

~ Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain

~ A good laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.

~ Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

~ Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up, though. It's also good for you over the long term. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.

~ Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.

~ Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.

~ Improve your mood.

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