“Live in joy and in love, even among those who hate.” – The Buddha
The Buddha’s words are a challenge and a goal. In a world that seems full of discord, where people prey upon our fears and hatred is sensationalized, it is difficult to remain joyful and loving. But it is not impossible. We can choose to practice joy and love every day. We can choose to respond to others in joy and love, even when they choose hatred.
Joy is more than being happy or always up. Joy is an internal sense of well-being and hope. Even when life is difficult, you can still find joy in life. If you are feeling joyless, take steps to bring joy back into your heart.
- Begin and end each day with gratitude and a renewed commitment to look for joy.
- Surround yourself with people who make you happy.
- Choose experiences and activities that bring you joy.
- Smile and laugh out loud.
- Watch a cute or funny video or program.
- Listen to music and dance.
- Go outside and enjoy the natural world.
To love someone is to honor them as a person of value. There are many kinds of love. For instance, the love we have for a significant other is different than the love we feel for our parents or children. What does it mean to love all humanity, even those who hate? Jesus said, “Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you.” We can choose to show kindness to all people and consider their humanity.
- Pray for the people with whom you disagree or who treat you badly.
- Debate the issues and refrain from attacking the person.
- Spend as little time as possible with people who are not kind to you or who give you negative energy. Do not give up on showing them compassion and respect.
- Spend more time with the people who love you.
- Say “thank you” when someone does something nice for you.
- Show compassion and give support to people in need.
- Forgive and graciously accept forgiveness.
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