How To Choose Joy Daily (by Ludavia Harvey)

Be intentional in finding joy. Don't miss out on the life you were meant to enjoy. -Ludavia Harvey #BeautyRewrites

It’s the halfway mark of our Beauty Rewrites series! I hope you’re enjoying the series as much as I am. What’s so awesome about a collaborative series is the addition of fresh ideas like Emily’s #StillBeautifulMe photo challenge. This week Ludavia Harvey has five practical ways to intentionally choose joy.

Joy sustains when life drains

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Our moods, environment, and the people around us threaten to sabotage the lasting beauty we seek to possess.

The other day my daughter was worried. She asked me what would help, and the first thing that came to mind was writing down three gratefuls. Being thankful is not a new idea, it’s a constant work.

We must run hard after joy

Joy is more than beautiful, it’s contagious. Joy supersedes happiness. It’s the underlying peace and resilience which allows us to pursue an attitude and lifestyle filled with grace for others and ourselves. But we must fight for it.

We must welcome ourselves wide to the beauty that wants to kiss us full on the mouth.

Columnist Parker J. Palmer says,

“Becoming keenly and consistently aware of what’s good, true, beautiful, and life-giving around us and within us demands a discipline: we must open our eyes, minds, and hearts. And we must keep them open.”

This week Ludavia examines the science behind our moods and offers easy ways to work at a life brimming with joy,

“Be intentional with finding goodness…otherwise, you are missing out on the life you were meant to enjoy.”

Chase the real beautiful with us? Read more here.

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Beauty Rewrites is a body image series for women to help us get on good terms with our bodies. Join us for a 3-month series every Tuesday with stories from Ludavia Harvey at NiftyBetty.com, Emily Conrad, and Christina Hubbard at Creative and Free. We hope this series inspires us all to stop pursuing perfection and learn to embrace what’s true and sacredly beautiful about ourselves.

Forget Ideal. Embrace the Real.

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June 21, 2016