Episode 6: What is Joy? & Practical Ways to Have More of it

Alli rocks some sunglasses while recording this episode, because the sun was shining full blast into the studio windows (a rare occurrence for Michigan on a day in February)! We were loving it. We break down the word "joy" and discuss practical tips for being more joyful people.

So, what is joy? For one, it's a fruit of the Spirit, and therefore, joy is given to us through the Spirit. It's "Internal delight; an inner attitude of gratitude", according to Dr. Earl Henslin. Joy is different from happiness in that happiness is the recognition of our blessings, yet, the two words are very related.

How can we experience joy?

1. Joy comes to us through God's presence (Psalm 16:11)

2. Belief in God brings joy (1 Peter 1:8)

3. We can ask for what we need (John 16:24)

4. When we take delight in the Lord, He will plant desires in our hearts that are congruent with His desires for us (Psalm 37:4)

5. Joy comes from thankfulness (Proverbs 17:22)

6. A secret to joy is being content. Focus on blessings instead of dwelling on the negative (Philippians 4: 11-13). James 1:2 also reminds us to "count it all joy when you meet trials". We can hold joy and hard things at the same time. As a fruit of the Spirit, even while going through tough times, we can still access joy, and we can hold the hope that the trials we are experiencing are strengthening us.

In the second half of the episode, we walk through six practical ways we can experience more joy (taken from This Is Your Brain on Joy...again, we recommend you read this book!) Listen here to find out what they are.

"The grass isn't greener on the other side of the fence, the grass is greener where you water it"- Neil Baringham

Action Steps:

- Practice the art of being grateful (take the challenge Alli did by Ann Voskamp and list out 1,000 things you're thankful for)

- Bring your requests to God and ask Him for more joy from the Holy Spirit

-"Re-frame your chains." As This Is Your Brain on Joy suggests, ask yourself:"If ___ would only happen, then I could be happy. Whatever the blank is, that is your chain." What can you do personally to view your chain, not as a chain, but as a blessing? (We get this is hard!)

- Celebrate the little things. Be thankful for the tiny baby steps you've taken to grow, or the small ounce of progress in something you've prayed for and hoped for. Take time to celebrate those very things!


This Is Your Brain on Joy by Dr. Earl Henslin

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

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