Style My Soul Explores …Ways to cultivate joy in today’s age. We’ve sought insights from the importance of serving others, finding meaningful work to the daily cultivation of gratitude and providing a holistic perspective on finding happiness beyond material comfort. Dive into these six enlightening responses for a richer understanding of joy.
Serve Others and Find Meaningful Work
Joy isn’t finite — it’s infinite. The more we give, the more we receive. One of the best ways to cultivate joy is to be in service to others. Show up to serve with an open heart and an open mind, and the joy will follow. We can also find deep joy by finding meaning and purpose in our work. - Amy Leneker, Leadership Consultant, The Leneker Team
Practice Kindness and Volunteer
Cultivating joy in life can easily be accomplished through random acts of kindness, or volunteering your time at your favorite charity, youth center, or neighborhood elderly care center. For example, volunteering to sit and chat with the elderly enriches their world by making them feel seen and valued. In exchange, you will walk away feeling joy and experiencing a reprieve from your own inner conversation and world. - Elizabeth Lynch, Director of Communications, Camp Highlander
Donate Time and Expertise
Giving always feels good. Being helpful always raises my spirits and makes me feel good about myself. There are very few things that I enjoy more than giving a few minutes of my time to someone. My practical tip is to find a non-profit that you are passionate about and give them two hours of your time at least once a month. Another tip is to use your expertise to help others. As an attorney, I enjoy giving a few minutes of free advice whenever possible.
- Hunter Garnett, Attorney and Founder, Huntsville Personal Injury Lawyers
Prioritize Joyful Experiences
Prioritize experiences over things and choose your experiences wisely. To cultivate joy without relying on wealth, prioritize the things that bring the most joy. Ironically, in my experience, this is so that you can create a plan to afford them. Address what brings joy and what doesn’t. Anything that doesn’t, don’t invest time or money into. This way, we can put any wealth into the things that bring joy. Traveling and cycling are personal favorites. In order to cycle 20,000 miles from the UK to New Zealand, the adventure had to be prioritized. This means not spending money on anything that didn’t contribute to this trip. Having been cycling around the world for over two years, it never ceases to bring great joy.
- Stewart Law, Website Developer and Tech SEO, Road to Frame
Invest in Relationships
One way to cultivate joy without leaning on material wealth is to invest in relationships. My experiences have illuminated that genuine happiness often sprouts from our connections with others. Engaging in meaningful conversations, being present for loved ones, and building a support network enriches our emotional well-being and creates a reservoir of joy independent of material acquisitions. This approach has invariably brought fulfillment and happiness that is both profound and enduring.
- Khurram Mir, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Kualitee
Cultivate Gratitude Daily
Cultivating gratitude is a powerful practice that doesn’t rely on material wealth. Acknowledging and appreciating the positive aspects in your life, no matter how small, fosters a sense of contentment and joy. Starting a gratitude journal, where you list things you’re thankful for daily, can significantly shift your perspective, highlighting life’s small pleasures and reducing the emphasis on material possessions. - Amanda Miller, CEO, Angel Numbers Guru