I realize that I have not declared my word of the year for 2021. Even before the ball dropped for this year, I knew it was going to be Joy. We had so much distress and sadness in 2020 that I just knew Joy was all I wanted to focus on.

The Psychologies magazine said, “Joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. It comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are, whereas happiness tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts and events.”

Joy can be sparked by happiness but it’s through acceptance and gratitude that we can live joyfully. Everywhere I go, I bring my laughter with me. I feel it’s my gift the world. And there are times when I can feel people are unwilling to accept it. But mostly, they embrace the opportunity to laugh. I spend more time with those people.

My husband says, “If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.” With belly laughs on top to spare, I wholeheartedly agree.


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