TodayI bring up the topic of joy. Not Joy the perfume, but rather joy the emotion, the state of happiness, giddiness, keen pleasure. In thinking about the state of affairs in our country, our world and the emotions that bind humans together, I believe that although sadness inspires kindness, joy is what cements relationships indelibly. Think about your youth. What are those moments that brought you profound joy? What were you doing? Who were you surrounded by? More than likely, the people who surrounded you hold a dear and special place in your heart.
Today I am on a mission - a mission to experience more joy in my life. Like most things, it simply involves a decision and a commitment to practice certain behaviors. Have you ever heard people say happiness is an inside job? If you're anything like me, you find that quote irritating. How in the heck do I change what's on the inside when I'm surrounded by fear, worry, frustration and violence? The answer is simply to choose your thoughts. Much easier said than done. But focusing on what makes me happy and brings me joy, rather than what doesn't, is the first step. Second step is to do something every day that brings me joy. Third is to spread that joy simply by smiling at people throughout the day and looking for opportunities to make others happy.
Let's focus on the second point, what brings me joy? Blatantly obviously, perfume does. Nice smells do. Also, playing with and holding my cat, exchanging witty comments with my husband, browsing a book store, sipping a mocha latte, hiking in the sunshine, discovering a new topic to write about, packaging fragrance samples for friends, watching a thought provoking movie, having lunch with a friend, getting a massage, immersing myself in a great book, traveling to a new place and exploring, yoga, songs by U2, organizing and decorating my home, watching children play or playing with them!, finding something so funny that I laugh until I can't breathe, acting silly, creating something beautiful .... you get the idea.
My blog wouldn't be complete without listing the scents that bring me joy:
- Annick Goutal Quel Amour
- Annick Goutal Les Nuits d'Hadrien
- Creative Scentualization Perfect Nectar
- Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey
- L'Artisan Ananas Fizz
- Thanks to Chaya, Air de Molinard
So dear readers, what brings you joy? What scents bring you joy?
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