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Wellness Wednesday: My #1 Way to Lead a Joyful Life

The #1 way to lead a more joyful life // the modern savvy

I’ve realized more and more recently that it’s less life circumstances and more mindset that can create a truly joyful life.

Ever know someone where something is always wrong, there’s always a problem, they’re always sick or it’s always a bad week? What a downer. I can’t imagine that person leading a happy, joyful life.

Look, it’s easy for us to have crappy weeks where things just don’t go our way. BUT, let’s talk big picture here for a minute.

The #1 way to lead a joyful life:

you must have a positive mindset. 

I’m not saying anything groundbreaking here but I think it’s incredibly important to reiterate and let this soak in.

Once people get to know some of my health struggles they’re often surprised because I rarely talk about it. Why would I? It’s not super uplifting to talk about a rare medical condition with chronic nerve discomfort (my feet are always tingling and can’t tell temperatures well, and if my medication is wearing off my back starts burning), along with serious bladder issues, etc.

I don’t get into it for two reasons: 1. no one wants to hear that on the daily. 2. It doesn’t bring joy to my life so why give power to it with my words each day?

Look, you can’t ignore real issues and it’s incredibly important to talk to someone. Heck, I was just spilling my guts to my counselor yesterday and it felt so good. I literally leave feeling lighter.

I’m a human with real issues, two kids, a 13-year marriage, a career, aging family members, a nagging ankle injury and recently broke my toe (in my closet, no less). We all have it. Your stuff likely comes in another form but it’s all stuff. Hard stuff that complements the beauty in our lives.

I’m not one to pretend to think I have all the answers or can do this on my own. I take time to walk through grief, and I have down days but I also quickly realized that our mindset and outlook on life are incredibly powerful forces.

Have you ever smiled while in a bad mood? It instantly lifts your mood.

Fake it til you make it. It’s the truth.

If you struggle with a positive mindset or feel like life has not been in your favor, I get it. It takes time to form any habit. Start a gratitude journal, find time to talk to a counselor, go to the gym or have your own vent sesh/real talk sessions with a trusted friend. I love doing that during a walk or during a mani/pedi session.

Clear away that mental clutter and focus on the positive. I promise you it will lead to a more joyful life and existence.

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    Jessica
    April 2, 2018 at 6:18 AM

    I couldn’t agree more dear. Indeed, positive mindset is everything. I always believe that what consumes your mind, controls your life.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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      Alyson
      April 5, 2018 at 4:27 PM

      LOVE this perspective, Jessica. YOur so right and I love the way you said this. Thank you so much. <3

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    Heidi
    March 28, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    I love Fake it til you Make it, it’s literally my life’s mantra! I needed some of these words of wisdom today, thanks girlie!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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    celina
    March 28, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    I’m a big believer in fake it until you become it! Life is filled with good times and with challenging times, but how we cope and deal with those days determines our quality of life.

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    Shira Rosenbluth
    March 28, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    I needed to read this today Alyson- Thank you!

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