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4 Secrets to Finding Joy Today

No matter what you’re experiencing, what circumstances you’re going through, you can lay hold of joy beginning right now.

Here are 4 secrets to find joy TODAY:

1. Be Thankful. Whisper words of gratitude to God today. Spend at least ten minutes sharing what you are grateful for—from the clothes your wearing to the intricate structure of the tree outside. Notice how gratitude shifts your focus and reminds you how many gifts you’ve been blessed with. Share what you’re thankful for on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram using hashtag #1000gifts and #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK.

2. Choose to Forgive. Do you have any relationships that need reconciling? Lay hold of forgiveness and choose to let it go today. Make a phone call, schedule a time to grab coffee, and extend grace. Choose forgiveness and find freedom from anger, bitterness, and resentment. The result is joy upon joy!

3. Serve others. Go out of your way to show an act of kindness to someone else today. Start up a conversation with a stranger. Bring dinner to a friend’s house. Drop off your BFFs favorite Starbucks drink. Pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru. Serving others invites joy to well up inside of you, and extends the invitation to others, too!

4. Open Your Eyes to Wonder. Set your alarm to watch the sunrise or sunset. Spend time on your floor just playing with your child. Cuddle with your spouse or pet. Step outside and drink in God’s beauty. 

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Margaret Feinberg (www.margaretfeinberg.com) is author of some great reads like Scouting the Divine and The Sacred Echo. She loves Coldplay but can’t wait for the skinny jean trend to pass. She asked her social media friends what marks a hipster pastor and their most brilliant responses are found above. You can follow her snark, wit, and wisdom at www.twitter.com/mafeinberg and help her figure out what to do on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/mafeinberg.