Dear Joy Seeker,
Lock your doors. They are all around us. Actually, you might as well unlock the door...they are probably in your house as well, on your phone, and just might even be you.
They're Joy Spreaders.
Joy spreader is a made-up term by yours truly for people who intentionally or unintentionally spread joy. Now as an aside, I did try to think of a more snappy term, but when I used the online thesaurus, they gave me words like joy benefactor or joy donor. Nope. I liked joy expander, but it did make me feel like my waistline was getting bigger.
Most often these people are not visible, but instead, leave behind evidence of joy. Just this morning, I saw evidence of them in the form of beautiful gardens on my regular dog walk. A joy spreader leaves the world better than they found it. You recognize them by the way your emotions are lifted when their influence is felt. They often like to evoke humor...one of the quick shortcuts to joy.
Evidence of Joy Spreading
Joy can look like the flowers planted outside our local blood test office by a gardening angel...
It can look like someone was bored...
It can look like an honest dog owner...
Yes, joy spreaders don't always mind their p's and q's.
Can't Stop Seeing Them!
Once you become aware of people who spread joy, you can't stop unseeing them. It can be the extra-wide grin a stranger flashes you as they walk by or the funny post on Facebook. It can be your spouse unintentionally being funny when lecturing the dog.
My favorites though are the intentional ones...the people who live their lives to elevate others. It is my goal with my blog while trying to elevate the world's consciousness by choosing joy rather than negativity to also showcase people that I come across in my travels who spread joy. Most often this will be the trail they leave in the form of a podcast or a book. Periodically, I will feature some joy spreaders that I have stumbled across. I won't go so far as to say I will do it every week as nothing sucks joy than another "have to," but when I have something to share, I will. It's just good fun.
This week's joy spreader was a bit of a surprise to me. I happened across her when I was trying to decide on my next mentor on Masterclass. I tend to shy away from people with six-pack abs as I just don't identify as I tend towards a growler. She also used words like hustle which send me hustling in the opposite direction as my vocabulary tends towards words like heart-centered and inspired action. Suffering from a big dose of imposter syndrome this week though, I was very interested in her subject of mental strength so decided to listen to her trailer. It reeled me in, and I spent a lovely week in the digital company of Robin Arzon.
This is a portion of her bio from her website:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, of Shut Up And Run, Robin discovered her passion for athletics after healing from a traumatic experience through movement. She fearlessly left behind a successful law career to embark on new adventures in the health and wellness space and has since reinvented herself into an avid ultra-marathoner and renowned fitness coach. Greatness is simply the lens through which she operates. As Vice President of Fitness Programming and Head Instructor at Peloton, she believes that sweat transforms lives, and her story is living proof. Her life’s mission is to redefine, reform, and rethink possibility through movement.
Here are a few gems I was left with:
When you bet on yourself and marry that with purpose and are able to tell a story that is passionate, the right people are going to listen.
It's in the minutiae that excellence happens.
How can joy become the (your) standard?
Illuminate your community.
She exudes moxie, and her smile is infectious. By the end of our time together, my imposter syndrome (for this week) was dust, and I learned my new favorite word...
My New Favorite Word
It was difficult to find a good definition for the slang "swagger" online, so I will have to make my own. Online it means walking arrogantly and confidently. My definition is a deep-seated self-belief in your offering to the world causing you to act from a place of confidence and personal style, often before it even catches fire.
It is my deepest wish that you net that swagger and surround yourself with joy spreaders. What a powerhouse of joy!
If you don't have a sensation of apprehension when you set out to find a story and a swagger when you sit down to write it, you are in the wrong business.
- Author: A. M. Rosenthal
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