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Joy is contagious. The more we spread it the more it grows. And while it’s easy to focus on the doom and gloom of life, we can be a light in the darkness by spreading more joy.

Despite the many hardships of life more joy is available than we often allow ourselves to receive. But we must fight for it.

And certainly this includes caring for our own souls and doing those things that fill us with joy. But we also fight by helping to spread joy to others.

One small joy bomb can have a ripple effect of goodness on countless others. Not to mention it blesses our soul as well.

For instance, this can be as simple as smiling and offering a polite greeting to a stranger. Instead of staying in our little silo we affirm another’s humanity and offer them a moment of delight. When the days are long and stressful one genuine smile can go a long way.

We might also choose to get a special treat to a love one just because. Or perhaps send them a thoughtful message or funny picture just to make them smile.

On a larger scale we might organize a community project or find a way to express our gratitude to those unassuming individuals who serve us in countless ways.

Whatever it looks like, we can be spreaders of joy. And our small spark often inspires others to do the same.

There’s enough heartache and grief in the world. And we don’t have to look far for these things.

But joy is often elusive – available, but it must be cultivated.

We plant the seeds of joy throughout the world by doing our small part. And this is also how we protest against the darkness.

Spread joy and make the world around you a little brighter.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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