“Today I choose joy.” What would bring you more joy today? How can you bring joy to others today? Rather than wait for joy to arise on its own we can consciously cultivate it. We can actively plan for it. We can set an intention each day to invite more joy in to our lives and spirits. Life can be really difficult and we need some buffers to bring some ease. Cultivating joy is like making deposits… in our banks. Life will make plenty of withdrawals so we need to nourish ourselves so that our internal accounts don’t become depleted. As speakers and coaches this topic is very popular with personal and organizational clients. Sometimes we forget that cultivating joy is in our hands. That’s exciting news! We are not dependent on externals. In mindfulness we say that the 10000 joys and 10000 sorrows are constantly co-arising. That is the nature of life. We get to choose where we focus. The ego often wants to ruminate on the negative. True its not skillfull to deny issues or struggles. However its important and beneficial to keep it all in perspective. Joy helps us do that. And we can find much joy in the simple things. Wishing you a joy filled day today!