What Awards You Joy?

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Suze and l were discussing on one of our recent walks what we derive enjoyment from and whilst it was and is perhaps to some an easy question .. it did prove a little hard even for me to actually say with 100% conviction what awarded me joy and what did l get enjoyment from. Personally l preferred the latter terminology even though the two words are connected …

What do l enjoy doing?

There are lots of things – that l enjoy but do not necessarily derive any form of pure joy from. Suze found the question incredibly hard to answer – mostly because although her mental health is recovering, she still has off days where she can see no light at the end of the tunnel sadly.

I have discovered that when one spends too much time trying to find happiness and contentment well if anything that can depress you quite significantly – l said to Suze to just reel off her top five …. she answered with ‘seeing my grandchildren’, ‘spending time with my friends’, ‘being with family’ and finishing off with paddleboarding. 4 out of 5 wasn’t bad l thought.

What were my top five then l pondered?

Composting, worm farming, gaming, writing and photography were the five items that first came out followed by a few others … however, my question to you today is straight forward ..

What would be your Top 5 Things that Award You Joy/Enjoyment?

Let me know below – thanks.

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51 thoughts on “What Awards You Joy?

  1. Iโ€™m deep into my running at present, I think itโ€™s the release of endorphins and suchlike, and the surprise that I can still run; I enjoy solitude; sitting in a sunny village pub garden with a good pint of beer or two; I have recently started going on long walks listening to podcasts – ones on art, science and history – I have just the one earphone in, the other ear alert for ambient sounds of the countryside; Iโ€™ve always enjoyed good food.

    1. Good to read you are still enjoying your running Ian. Do you still cycle also, or is it mainly the run time now? I can appreciate the need for solitude also, much of the time l prefer my own company, not easy these days, but life is about being flexible ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Snuggling with Gatsby, playing board games with friends, getting together with my daughters, reading a good book, watching a good movie. Note that writing isnโ€™t here. I donโ€™t love to write; I simply feel compelled to do itโ€ฆ

    1. Good choices Paula.

      I can relate very well to the writing thing also. I feel compelled at times not per se to write but to blog and not for the community aspect but from my ocd side if you will.

      Suze asked me when l listed mine ‘Did you mean for writing to be so low on the listing?”

      “Yes, as much as l enjoy writing, l prefer being outside more than being in these days, l prefer anything rather than being sat on my arse all day writing or blogging. I enjoy composting and worm farming more than writing, but l do enjoy writing about both of those … yet, not if that makes sense – l think you’ll get that alright enough ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Yes, though I prefer reading to playing outside! Blogging is different to working on 300-page books. I still have fun with blog writing, but not the otherโ€ฆ

      1. I should clarify ~ I enjoy writing short bits for my blog. I dread working on my books in progress. So boring! No reward! But yet the fact theyโ€™re โ€œin limboโ€ bother meโ€ฆ

        1. Why? Because Iโ€™ve started many writing projects, only to lose interest. A big reason for that is due to lack of sales, but itโ€™s not the whole reason. I guess Iโ€™m just tired of creating the longer storiesโ€ฆ

  3. I’m not sure how you are defining joy but things that make me inexplicably happy and always make me smile? My glitter curtains; Looking around my apartment and seeing it all neat and clean and tidy; Writing a poem and thinking “Damn that’s good”; Having a cheerful encounter with a stranger (like yesterday when I had blood drawn by the same lady who did it 3 weeks ago and she was just so nice and friendly and I DID like it when she used she used Caribbean Island friendly endearments, or the fun conversations with Uber drivers); Facetiming with my fabulous granddaughters. Oh, can I add another? Getting little gifties in the mail for no reason makes me all teary eyed with joy.

    1. HeyGrace, that’s a nice selection ๐Ÿ™‚

      I don’t know how anyone defines joy in today’s world which is why l tend to stick with ‘enjoyment’ rather than providing joy ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Parrots
    Sunsets and/or Sunrises
    The ocean
    Learning new things

    I could also add “the departure of the GLYSB”
    a perfect cup of coffee

    Lots of things give me joy. The Happy Dancing, clapping my hands, huge grin kind of joy. I’m pretty easy to please though, perhaps a bit simple๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚

  5. Reading and writing
    Walking among the trees
    Butterflies, watching them fly for the first time
    Wandering through an art museum
    And all of the above when Iโ€™m engaged in them and then comes that moment of inspiration when you just Know! โ˜บ๏ธ

  6. Great question, much better than ones asking for pet peeves! (1) Waking up to a new day; (2) Family (3) Physical Activity (Running, Hiking, Walking, Swimming, etc.); (4) Eating; (5) Writing (and reading).

  7. Daisy, Loki/Tom Hiddleston, laughing at inappropriate things that shouldn’t really be laughed at, Flake ice cream and Ewan (when he doesn’t annoy me)

  8. Five joys? Er humpf koff
    That is rather difficult for me, and seems (when I list them) very self-centered to boot, but being retired and single, I only have to really please myself I suppose.

    1. Ziggy. The time spent with him, his cute personality, his very presence fills me with much joy!
    2. Being able to have comfort food to my own taste now.
    3. Spring always sees an upturn in my mood and brings me joy with the beauty of nature, the birdsong, and the warmer weather.
    4. Supportive friends.
    5. Blogging.

    Mind that these are not in any specific order, except for #1.

  9. Since I can remember, I have loved to dance – it is hard to explain how much it means to me. I also love hill-walking with friends. Also, I have acquired so much joy in forging strong friendships, and something I love to do is learn from my friends – some of them cook, some of them bake, some of them sew, some of them paint – I find it fascinating to get to know them and be taught tips by them. Over the past three years, Ben and I enjoyed turning the garden here from a bland scrap of earth to a little paradise that we felt proud of. Lockdowns interfered with us having guests, but it has been so lovely to entertain friends when we could. It has brought us so many happy memories.

    The past six months I have not been able to dance, barely to walk, couple of months I have not been able to enjoy the things that normally bring me joy. So my joy now is really wrapped up in friendships. It means so much to me to be able to give in any way I can – and the encouragement I receive from friends is so meaningful to me.

    1. A lovely joyful list Jenna ๐Ÿ™‚ We each derive joy and enjoyment from many things and we learn to go with the flow ๐Ÿ™‚

      I was thinking this morning as l watched all the sparrows and long tailed tits feeding in the garden how much they made me smile to see them happy and content and l actually thought “Yes mate, that is pure joy!” I was saying to Suze the other day, that l don’t garden to reap the benefits of gardening like others, l garden so that l can provide a ‘spot of paradise’ for the wildlife, that gives me joy ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. So sweet Rory – and I have to admit it is those precious moments when I see a pretty sky, or flower or today, I was watching a jay bird dancing around on the lawn.

        It is actually very soothing to come home from radiotherapy and sit an stare at the garden for an hour,

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