Last week I was interviewed about my new book, Hack Your Health Habits. During the interview, I was asked where my “joie de vivre” or thirst for life comes from. As I was reflecting on the question, I realized that the majority of my time and energy these past few months has been on my book, my online coaching program and taking care of my mom. So much so that I haven’t really been doing much to nurture my own “joie de vivre.” Not good!
Life moves fast and I, like so many other people, have been caught up in the ups and downs of it. Being caught up, it’s easy to forget to leave room for the things that truly bring us happiness. Being asked where my joie de vivre comes from made me take a step back and reflect on everything that makes me happy. It also showed me where I was lagging behind and forced me to think of ways I could step it up. For those of you in need of a little boost, I thought I would share the following six strategies I came up with for myself. I hope these strategies resonate with you!
Here are my 6 strategies for my “Joie De Vivre” and “ravenous thirst for life”:
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. Elbert Hubbard once said, “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” How true! Nobody is perfect–we all make mistakes and do embarrassing things sometimes. That’s why, when it comes to maintaining our “joie de vivre”, being able to laugh at yourself and not sweat the small stuff is so important. I can’t tell you the number of times my English-as-a-second-language has gotten me into trouble. If I didn’t learn to laugh at myself, I’d be miserable!
- Don’t be too attached to an outcome. Yes, have goals and be driven but don’t be too set on a specific outcome. Let the universe conspire to help you achieve something even greater. High intentions and low expectations can really decrease stress and help you enjoy the process better. Life can be amazing if you are open it.
- Keep it simple. As we go through life, we have a tendency to accumulate but research shows that a clean, organized space reduces stress and can actually increase productivity. More productive = less stress = happier. Take time to unpack not only your possessions but also the baggage you’ve been carrying in your mind. Doing so can help you experience the simple pleasures of life even better.
- Focus on creating experiences not so much on material things. We are who we are because of the experiences we share, not the possessions we own. Sure material things can be nice sometimes, but what are you going to remember on your deathbed: that expensive purse or the memories you made? Take time to travel, try a new activity, spend time with loved ones–all of these things can help build your identity and bring you closer to finding your joie de vivre.
- Take care of your mind and body. Our bodies are our vehicles. They allow us to experience everything around us. The better we take care of ourselves, the greater our sense of well-being and fulfillment will be. Ultimately, a healthy body is a happy body.
- ‘Be yourself. Everybody else is taken.’ I truly believe that living joyfully is living authentically. Being true to yourself and doing the things you love and saying no to the things that don’t bring you joy will help you keep your thirst for life. Ultimately, congruence leads to a life of satisfaction.
So there you have it! My 6 strategies for nurturing joie de vivre! What’s your joie de vivre? Are you actively pursuing it? Take five minutes out of your day and write down 6 things that bring joy to your life and ask yourself the question: “what could I do to bring more of it into my life”? As Eckhart Tolle’s quote so brilliantly points out: “Awareness is the greatest agent for change”. Cheers to our joie de vivre!