Increase Your Joy In One Simple Step

joy one step melindatoddSometimes, I lose my joy and I spend the day feeling like crying. For no apparent reason. Ever have days like that? There is a very simple solution to those days where we lose our joy.

It can be summed up in one word.


Start by simply focusing on how you can bless someone else. Take the focus off yourself. Very little good ever comes from our own selfish focus.

On Thursday evenings I teach 3-4th graders at our kids club at church. As we rolled into the month of December, I decided to ask my class to focus on others by coming up with one act of Random Kindness they could perform in the next week.

They didn’t come up with only one. They came up with a huge list! 8 & 9 year olds were excited to come up with ideas to help others. I have to say, it was exciting to watch. If they can do it, surely we can too.

Here are a few of the things these sweet kids volunteered to do:

  • Cleaning for their mamas – I hope there were some happy mamas this last week.
  • Making a siblings bed.
  • Picking up the neighborhood or their street.
  • Writing a thank you note to neighbors with pretty Christmas decorations in their yard or on the houses.
  • Making cards for those who work in the school, including the lunch ladies.
  • Raking leaves.
  • Helping with younger siblings.
  • Christmas caroling.
  • Bring food for the holiday food boxes for those in need.
  • Give away toys and clothes.

That’s a pretty good list from young children. Perhaps it will jump start your mind to go do something for someone else.

A loss of joy is often due to selfishness. ~ Joyce Meyer

What are you going to do for someone else? We spend part of Christmas day with a tradition of Serving Others. Check it out!

One of my all time favorite books on doing for others.




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