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.