Joy - a small word with a big impact
What comes to mind when you see the word “joy”? Maybe a memory flash of an occasion or activity you have particularly enjoyed or are eagerly anticipating.
Joy is that feeling of happiness or pleasure about something or someone. It can be in any aspect of your life. It may be experienced in a moment or in waves; it could be quiet or exultant, about something small or significant; it might be experienced when alone or in the company of others.
I decided to write about joy on the 5-year anniversary of co-founding The Career Development Company. Embarking on a late career change following a redundancy has been invigorating and at times nerve-wracking. Establishing the habit of noticing, creating and being grateful for moments of joy has helped quieten my negative self-talk and replenish energy. As a career practitioner, creating strategies to silence the inner critic and build confidence to work towards a goal is a common need for clients experiencing a painful or transformational time in their career.
The article Joy: a review of the literature concludes “… joy potentiates action and is energising. Joy provides the motivational resources to act, to intervene, to improve. Joy is also often contagious.”
Some questions that might help reflect on what joy and sharing joy means to you:
- How do you define, experience and express “joy” in different settings (cultural, family, workplace)?
- What are some of your memorable moments of joy (in the past hours, week, month, year)?
- How do you respond to others in their moment of joy?
- How might you spark more joy in your work and life roles?
- What kills your joy or might get in the way of experiencing joy?
- What regular practices might you put in place to build habits around joy?
If you have any thoughts on this topic or would like an introductory conversation about experiencing joy in your career, please contact us.
Julie Thomas, Executive Director