Nourish November: November 28- Joie de Vivre
Joie de Vivre is a French phrase that translates roughly as joy of life. If someone has joie de vivre, they get all of the juice out of life. They are thankful to be alive, and they see the world from this lense.
This very different year has likely challenged the most optimistic and hopeful of people, but I recommend joie de vivre as a vitamin for your soul. December is, in my opinion, the most speical month of the year. Consider challenging yourself to adopt joie de vivre next month to see how it makes you feel.
Wake up in the morning and think of what you are thankful for. Maybe write this list down. It can feel cheesy, but I tell myself when I wake up: "Today is going to be a good day". I guess it helps to steer me away from the negative.
Cultivate your joie de vivre by turning on the Christmas tree in the morning, so you can enjoy it all day. Try to see life as series of good events with speed bumps in-between. When challenges or rough days pop up, consider seeing them as something you will get through and then be onto better things. There are many studies about how optimism can have positive effects on our bodies and our recoveries from illness.
I guess I feel like if you focus on the attitude of enjoying life; then, you are already so much closer to it with that mindset This year has showed us how strong we can be, and it has also shown us we need to find our own joy. I hope joie de vivre can help you see life in this light.