Joy is spelled J-O-Y (how do YOU spell it?)

how do you spell joy - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comJoy is spelled J-O-Y.

(and i bet you wondered if i was skipping a day in the 31 days of joy in motherhood.   nope.  i’m late, but i’m not about to skip a day.)

But what exactly does that mean?

When I was in Junior High, I was taught that the letters J-O-Y represented the perfect priorities.

If you have your priorities right, you’ll find JOY. [Read more…]

Joy oh Joy – It’s Saturday!

31 days of joy in motherhoodI’m Joy-filled this Saturday.

I live in Houston Texas and the weather couldn’t be better.  It’s perfect open-window weather.  Since we get about three days a year like this, it’s a big deal.

I have a new car.  The old one had 225,000 miles on it, so I figure it was time.

We won our soccer games and are headed out to the deer lease.  That means I get the rest of the weekend off from cooking or cleaning stuff.

Today I’m pointing out some articles on Happiness that were written before the 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood series began. [Read more…]

Felicity (giggle) really is just another word for joy

felicityAs I’ve already confessed, the word “felicity” makes me giggle.

I know now that it’s just an old fashioned word for happiness, joy, and bliss.  But I used to think it meant something else.

It was generally used in the context of “I hope you have a felicitous marriage” when I read it in English period novels.  So I assumed (naively) that it was a nice way of saying there was lots of (blush… ahem… you KNOW) and that both parties enjoyed themselves.

(I was standing in a card shop giggling at the wedding cards when my mom discovered my misunderstanding. Imagine the look on HER face.)

Today’s post is all about felicity.

I have five ideas to create more felicity in your marriage.

[Read more…]

Joy in the Words of Others (Joy Quotes)

joy quotesI wanted to share some Joy Quotes with you today.

Obviously, since I’ve been writing about Joy for over two weeks straight now (This is day 18 of 31 days of Joy in Motherhood)  I’ve done a ton of “research” about Joy on Google.

One of the things I’ve discovered is that there is a ton of great information out there, as well as a bunch of stuff that’s just “meh.” [Read more…]

Jumpstart your Joy

jumpstart your joy - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comYou can jumpstart your joy any time of day (or night).   Remember when I wrote about our musical mornings and how they got us singing for joy?

Guess what?

It works all day long.  And you don’t even need a radio (or whatever device you use to play music on).

This is so cool.  You have to try it!

[Read more…]

The Self Expression List

the self expression list - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comEarlier our 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood series, I wrote about the importance of self expression.

Remember?  Felicity is like an extreme form of Joy.  And one definition of Felicity is the ability to find appropriate expression for one’s thoughts.

So being creative is a pathway to finding joy in our lives.

So today I thought I’d give you a list of 100 unique ways you might express yourself and your thoughts. [Read more…]

Being a Joyful Leader in Your Home

being a joyful leader - 31 days of joy in motherhood with thishappymom.comI admit that “being a joyful leader in your home” sounds a little odd.  Maybe a little boring.  But it’s been bouncing around in my head for long enough.  It’s prompted some changes in our home that are working.

Mom, what’s your leadership style in the home?

Do you know? Do your kids know? Do you have a vision for how leadership happens in your home?

Being able to get our kids to do what we want is the byproduct (in part) of effective leadership.   And yes – when it happens we feel joy. [Read more…]

The Happy Mommy Game

I regularly get visits to my blog from people googling “the happy mommy game.”

the happy mommy game - 31 days of joy in motherhood

While I don’t know of an actual formal game for happy moms, it’s kind of fun to imagine what the rules would be.  You might even say it gives me JOY to imagine it.

After musing it over, I’ve come up with several different ideas for the happy mommy game.  Each version is a great way to find some joy in motherhood. [Read more…]

Singing for Joy (your life deserves a soundtrack)

singing for joyThis morning, I woke up singing for Joy.  Literally.

By the time we were getting dressed, they were singing right along with me.

I hadn’t had my coffee yet, and I am NOT a morning person.  To me, the day just isn’t worth starting until about 10am.  But put the right play-list on, and I’m a dancing fool at 6am.

When I start the day that way, it tends to set the tone for the whole day.  I can tell you right now that it’s going to be a great day at my house because I managed to start it with joy.

Want to know what had me singing in my hairbrush this morning? (my kids joined in on the chorus) [Read more…]

The Prospect of Joy

the prospect of joyI want to think that my Prospect of Joy is high all the time.  I’d like to think that at any given moment in my life, Joy could happen.  I’d like to think that for you too!

The question is, how can we make that happen?

Remember when we defined Joy earlier this month?  I included a secondary definition for Joy.

the prospect of having what one desires

I started wondering what that looked like.

Prospect has two very different definitions, both of which apply to Joy in Motherhood. [Read more…]

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