Cultivate more joy in your life with this practice led by meditation teacher and author Spring Washam.
How to Do This Practice:
Think about an area of your life that brings you joy, it could be anything.
Imagine yourself experiencing that moment of happiness. Feel the smiles, the peace and laughter.
As you reflect on the moment, say to yourself, “may my joy and my happiness increase.”
Next, practice “sympathetic joy.” To do this, think about someone you know having a great experience.
As you think of them in their joy, say to them in your mind, “May your joy and happiness increase.” Or you can also say, “I'm happy for your happiness. May your happiness continue.”
Remember that happiness is infinite. Being joyful for others is a way to increase your joy.
Today’s Happiness Break host:
Spring Washam, is a meditation teacher based in Oakland, California. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Awakening from the Underground.
Learn more about Spring and her new book: https://www.springwasham.com/
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Check out Spring’s YouTube channel: https://tinyurl.com/22njyd29
More resources from The Greater Good Science Center:
How to Overcome Stress by Seeing Other People’s Joy: https://tinyurl.com/3cn22wcb
How Your Life Is Shaped by the Emotions You Want to Feel: https://tinyurl.com/54ff3b4k
Moments of Love and Connection May Help You Live Longer: https://tinyurl.com/328scfjj
Can You Be Too Happy?: https://tinyurl.com/4jswnf94
Why Other People’s Good News Could Be Good for You: https://tinyurl.com/4d8dxsw5
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