Joy is Contagious!

Have you ever noticed that if someone yawns in a group of people that others begin to yawn too? Sometimes even reading about yawning makes me yawn. So perhaps we can agree, then, that yawning is contagious. Good moods and crummy moods can be contagious  as well. It is a very good thing that good moods can spread. How else can joy overtake the world?

Don’t minimize that possibility. Even in this day and age, joy can overtake the world.  (Or at least it can began to make a dent in the psyche)! Have you ever been in a store when people have been grumpy or the sales clerk was in a bad mood? I find that a challenge for trying to tilt the mood in favor of joy. I try to smile and strike up a pleasant conversation with the people in line and/or the clerk. I offer to let people go ahead of me in line if they are REALLY sounding crabby. I say “gosh–i bet you would love to get out of here ASAP, right? Why don’t you go ahead of me”. It often changes the mood. I say to the clerk “boy you have a challenging job. I hope that the rest of your day is life affirming”. One time a clerk just burst out laughing when i said that!. She said “oh, honey—i can’t remember when i ever had a life-affirming moment let alone a day”. I said “I value you and you being here!” She grinned and said “wow!”.

I don’t say any of this to impress anyone. I merely hope to give a few examples of how we as bloggers and blog followers can start to tilt the world in favor of joy. Yes, pure, gorgeous, wonderful joy. It feels REALLY good to try to add joy. It costs nothing, it helps the people you affect to continue the joy. There is no need to validate or add to the anger and negativity. Many of us are suffering, there is no arguing that. Many are grieving, suffering pain, in dire straits……think how good suffering people will feel knowing that at least they can add joy to someone’s day with just a tiny effort. No, it might not change by one iota what I am going through personally in a given day. But WOW, knowing that perhaps someone else’s day or morning or whatever improved because I tried to add joy to that moment despite what I am undergoing? Well, that may add a giddyup to my step as well.

Joy is definitely contagious. The past few weeks I have had a rare privilege. I have seen The Candle Lighter Award spread and make people feel good. Each person that receives it has had validation of their talent and gift to the world.

… and then it hit me. We have only just begun. Shout it from the mountaintops and from shore to shore. Joy is about to increase exponentially. How can it not? There are people willing to affirm others. There is reason to wear optimism today. May any burden, suffering, or sorrow you may have be eased a bit today. Blessings, blessings, blessings to you.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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24 Responses to Joy is Contagious!

  1. theWomanAtTheWell says:

    repaying evil with good…I like it! Good post. Great Word. God Bless.-watw

  2. jakesprinter says:

    Great Writing Kate i love it 🙂

  3. Yatin says:

    A smile goes for a mile. Let’s spread the joy smile at a time. Very inspiring post.

  4. Myth says:

    An awesome post 🙂 Loved the way , u expressed it 🙂

    Cranky me ^_^

  5. I love, love this post!!
    Hmmm.. maybe the start of something so powerful. “Joy- forwarding” I can see it.
    What do you think Kate? I think you should create a new movement, starting right here on your blog. Challenge your readers to head out the door with the intention of Joy-Forwarding throughout their day. Master the challenge of spreading Joy and just maybe a new epidemic of Joy & Good will come.
    Just thinking out loud in the middle of the night instead of sleeping. .

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Excellent idea!! I am SO on it–with credit to you toni j! I think out loud in the middle of the night too–although last night i actually did sleep. middle age and sleeplessness seem to go hand in hand at times :-). Love this idea!

  6. Nilly says:

    Seems your contagious joy blessings reached all the way to Egypt. You brought a smile to my face today. Sending you loads of blessings your way as well :))

  7. cravencreativity says:

    Kate, I found your blog through The Barefoot Baroness’ blog and I am so grateful that I did! I am reading this post of yours first thing in the morning and it has really set a positive tone for my day. What you are doing is absolutely amazing and quite inspiring, we need more people with your mentality in this world! You completely hit the nail on the head with your comparing the contagiousness of a yawn with the contagiousness of a smile, I love it! That is So true. I look forward to reading more of your work, thanks for the inspiration.
    Karen

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Dear Karen—I am so happy you and The Barefoot Baroness know each other so we could find each other. You are a wonderful blogger. I went to your blog and gave you The Candle Lighter Award. YOu are well deserving!!

  8. imexcited says:

    Such an inspiring post..good job Kate! Blessings to you too..

  9. Pingback: Joy-Forwarding Challenge | Believe Anyway

  10. Terri O.A. says:

    It is a wonderful idea. Nothing wrong with joy…..I am excited to see the progression and I enjoyed your writing.

  11. Joy to the World, and long may it continue… 🙂 …. Love and Light sent your way x

  12. diggingher says:

    It is so much easier to be joyful…and so much more fun. Just today the Lord had me tell the church body to take the Joy He had given and release it into His world where it is so desperately needed. I particularly liked your story about he store clerk…you really touched that person, talk about planting a seed. Contagious Joy, Yahoo!!

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