Joy Triggers

I recently stumbled upon an article by Margaret Wheeler Johnson in the Huffington Post (read full article here). She was talking about her sister’s recent improved level of happiness, and how she gave credit to “Joy Triggers.”

She described the concept like this: “It's not enough to be productive, it's not enough to be successful, I need my joy triggers. Joy triggers are not rational. Bring them into your daily life, because I really believe that ... it's all a part of how we can bring balance into our life... getting joy from simple (but beautiful) things -- scents and sights and tastes.”

I love this concept! I have a candle on my desk that says “Life is a journey, not a destination.” It is a daily reminder to me to celebrate the moment, soaking up the simple and beautiful things each day brings. Or in other words - look for the joy triggers.

Here are a few of my current joy triggers in this season of life:

~ stunning sunsets each evening outside my window
~ grilled calamari covered in garlic and olives at my new favorite Greek restaurant
~ Tuesday night discussions with my fabulous group of girlfriends
~ daily connections with people that get excited about the vision of Erase Poverty and offer  to help
~ sharing highlights from the day with my husband over a glass of wine
~ exchanging witty emails with my family of writers and wordsmiths
~ writing in my gratitude journal
~ hearing progress reports about women who used to live in dire poverty, but who are now flourishing as they grow their own business.
~ drinking strong french press coffee from my favorite turquoise mug that is covered in the words “laugh, live, love, give, joy, peace, wish”


What are your joy triggers? May your day be full of them!