Don’t take joy for granted, seek it out


Lisa Alioto

14 February 2020 24 comments

Essential!   To identify them, seek them out, and fully enjoy them.  It is imperative to remember the value happiness and these extra sparks of joy can bring to our lives.

Many of us know what brings happiness to our lives.   It may be time with family and friends, enjoying a new book, or cuddling with a beloved pet.  These moments are priceless and essential to have in our every day life.

Beyond that are what I call sparkles of joy.  These are moments beyond happiness that get our heart racing.  They bring an instant smile to our face.  They make us simply glow with pleasure.

The above likely does that for some already (yea!!).  For others of us it takes a bit more to get to the “spark” stage.  For me, it’s the unexpected moments that create that spark.   The moments that I’ve worked hard for that come to fruition either directly or indirectly in ways that I never expected.  Or, a special nomination, a job opportunity I didn’t see coming, etc…

It’s also the unexpected kind words from those that mean the most to me that bring an extra spark to my day.   For example, an out-of-the-blue compliment from a significant other.  A thank you from a friend for just being me. Or, even something as simple as a stranger doing a small kind act for me or even just in front of me.

I think that those of us that have found ways to be happy in life are lucky, as not everyone has.  Luckier yet are those that not only find happiness but also find sparks of joy throughout our days.   I do also think that luck isn’t all there is to it – there is a lot we can do to create our destinies, our luck, or whatever you prefer to call it. We can stack the decks in our favor, we can build that solid foundation, and we can keep pushing the envelope.

Sometimes it’s easy to take these moments for granted.  These are the moments to be cherished and remembered though.  Happiness is a wonderful emotion.  One not to be taken lightly.  Let’s make sure we make the most of such moments and hope more of us can enjoy them as often as possible.  Those sparks are just that special.

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24 thoughts on “Don’t take joy for granted, seek it out

  1. I totally agree, little things like a cuddle with my dog bring everyday happiness but it’s the unexpected things that spark joy as you’ve described here x


    1. Lisa Alioto

      I’m glad you continue to find sparks of joy Sophie – they are so special and cherished! You deserve many, many such sparks!

  2. I definitely agree. It is the little everyday things that can spark joy in your life. I always love having an evening cuddle with my cat after a long hard day at work!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Charity – so true. Sometimes it’s the littlest of things in life that bring the biggest, brightest spark!

  3. You’re totally right! The spark tends to come over the unexpected things, especially for those of us who tend to fear the worst!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Yes,then they are even more unexpected and delightful. Thanks for sharing Meaghan!

    2. Indeed happiness is the best feeling in the world. And genuine happiness comes from the small things. Soon as you learn how to be grateful on whatever you have, may it be small or big things, you will find out what exactly the real meaning of happiness.

      1. Lisa Alioto

        I completely agree Jeph! May all your days be happy and filled with sparks of joy!

  4. This is 100% right! All those little things are what make memories and they’re so precious! Lovely post x

    1. Lisa Alioto

      So true Steff! Thank you for sharing your insights!

  5. There are so many things that can spark some joy in us. I agree with you about these moments being priceless. There are some gestures that strangers can do that makes our day. It doesn’t take much to be kind :).

    Nancy ♥

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I agree – it doesn’t take much to be kind! You are spot on Nancy!

  6. Great post! Out of the blue compliments do it for me too!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thanks Jen! Yes, I love the unexpected compliments too! 🙂

  7. My husband and I recognized last year that camping and hiking with our dogs brought us more sparks of joy than nearly anything else in our lives. We decided to embrace and run with that this year, planning nearly twice as many trips in 2020. If it brings you joy, why not?

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That is fabulous Britt – I’m glad you and your husband have found that extra spark with camping and hiking with your dogs! Fun!!

  8. So important to be aware of! Not only to recognize what brings us joy, but to do more of it! Great post!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thank you Kathy (BBSS)! Yes, lets do more of the things that bring us those sparks! The essence of life!

  9. This post was my daily gratefulness reminder, and my god, I’ve never had better. I really like your take on things.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thank you Heidi – you made my day with your compliments! Thank you for stopping by!

  10. I have to be careful with sparks of joy, because each spark means I crash back into depression. It’s easier to be consistently at the same level, then having sparks of joys causing an up, because the crash it harder, and then you have to wait to it all levels out again

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You make a really good point Unwanted life – the highs aren’t for everyone. Sometimes people thrive best at an even keel pace! Each to their own – everyone knows what is best for themselves. Thanks for sharing your insights! Always appreciated!

  11. It’s beautiful how happiness can be define in many ways. I agree with you on unexpected moments or our little victory all of these moments are precious.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Very much agree on how precious those moments are! 🙂 Thanks for commenting Jenisha!

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