+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1 2 4 LastLast
Results 21 to 40 of 64

Thread: What sparks joy in you?

  1. Link to Post #21
    Canada Avalon Member
    Join Date
    4th November 2012
    Posts
    2,242
    Thanks
    4,093
    Thanked 9,041 times in 1,965 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Quote Posted by Flash (here)
    What a good idea to declutter my home, touching everything and getting rid of things not giving me joy.

    What gives me joy:

    My daughter
    Seeing someone laugh
    Seeing a baby, or holding one
    Having a deep conversation
    The sea
    Swimming
    A warm sunny day
    Feeling love (for or from someone, for or from nature, for or from myself)
    My house (it will be difficult to sell. Which I must do)
    Creating something new
    Your daughter gives your life so much meaning and substance, Flash. It comes through over and over. I am so happy you have each other. You're both really blessed.

  2. The Following 11 Users Say Thank You to AutumnW For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (16th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (16th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ken (16th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (16th January 2019)

  3. Link to Post #22
    United States Avalon Member Rahkyt's Avatar
    Join Date
    11th June 2011
    Location
    San Marcos, Texas
    Age
    52
    Posts
    2,585
    Thanks
    15,270
    Thanked 20,571 times in 2,450 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    I consider joy to be a sublime state of peace and contentment, inherently transitory considering the nature of the world. So my list is of moments and what brings joy to the surface in a manner that is remarkable.

    Playing with or talking with my children
    Speaking with others about what is important to them
    Being present in nature with a loved one
    Being present in nature alone
    Driving long distances
    Being surrounded by extended family
    Being present with my partner
    Writing an engrossing tale or essay
    Reading a good story
    Watching a good movie or TV series
    Being alone and present to the moment
    Being in a gigantic crowd and anonymous
    Loving anything and anyone

  4. The Following 13 Users Say Thank You to Rahkyt For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (16th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (16th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (16th January 2019), mpennery (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (16th January 2019), scotslad (17th January 2019)

  5. Link to Post #23
    United States Avalon Member RunningDeer's Avatar
    Join Date
    6th February 2012
    Location
    Forest Dweller
    Posts
    13,153
    Thanks
    98,081
    Thanked 111,368 times in 12,886 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Quote Posted by AutumnW (here)
    [Another thing that gives me pure joy is watching YouTube videos of babies convulsed with laughter. Too sweet.
    A lot of folks agree with you, AutumnW - 101,226,727 views. I’ll often watch a YouTube comedy or animal video before I sign off for the night.

    Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper (1:43 minutes)



    Penguin Dilemma

  6. The Following 12 Users Say Thank You to RunningDeer For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (16th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), scotslad (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (11th June 2019)

  7. Link to Post #24
    Australia Avalon Retired Member
    Join Date
    26th January 2011
    Location
    somewhere
    Posts
    2,050
    Thanks
    13,133
    Thanked 11,469 times in 1,706 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Thank you everyone for your contributions.

    I've loved hearing what sparks joy for you, that kind of joy is so contagious!

    So touching, uplifting, profound, funny, and sweet.

    Awe inspiring. You are all such incredible beings.
    Last edited by Constance; 16th January 2019 at 23:56.

  8. The Following 11 Users Say Thank You to Constance For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (16th January 2019), Valerie Villars (11th June 2019)

  9. Link to Post #25
    Australia Avalon Retired Member
    Join Date
    26th January 2011
    Location
    somewhere
    Posts
    2,050
    Thanks
    13,133
    Thanked 11,469 times in 1,706 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Quote Posted by RunningDeer (here)
    Quote Posted by AutumnW (here)
    [Another thing that gives me pure joy is watching YouTube videos of babies convulsed with laughter. Too sweet.
    I’ll often watch a YouTube comedy or animal video before I sign off for the night.
    Snap!

    Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper (1:43 minutes)


    Thanks for the videos Paula, I'd forgotten how good Baby laughing hysterically at Ripping Paper is!
    Last edited by Constance; 16th January 2019 at 23:11.

  10. The Following 11 Users Say Thank You to Constance For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (16th January 2019), scotslad (17th January 2019)

  11. Link to Post #26
    Avalon Member norman's Avatar
    Join Date
    25th March 2010
    Location
    too close to the hot air exhaust
    Age
    63
    Posts
    4,884
    Thanks
    7,333
    Thanked 22,779 times in 4,212 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Unadulterated wilderness all around me for miles and miles . . . . preferably somewhere between 10 and 20 degrees C.
    .................................................. my first language is TYPO..............................................

  12. The Following 14 Users Say Thank You to norman For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (16th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), janus (11th June 2019), Ken (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (16th January 2019), Valerie Villars (11th June 2019)

  13. Link to Post #27
    United States Avalon Member mpennery's Avatar
    Join Date
    22nd February 2014
    Location
    Lexington, KY
    Age
    49
    Posts
    926
    Thanks
    6,206
    Thanked 8,565 times in 899 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Goodness, how much time do you have? As my wife just passes by and gives a little kiss on the back of my neck, that’s the first thing that comes to mind.
    I learned a long time ago I could create my daily reality so I created a day full of the things that give me the greatest joy. I am a contractor/carpenter/craftsman so I spend most days making really cool things with my own two hands. I love teaching my favorite game (soccer) so my second “job” is coaching for the local club. I get paid which is really cool because I should be paying them. Haha. I only coach 10-12-year-olds, the best ages in my opinion because they’re little sponges. I have training or games 3/4 days a week most of the year. I spend the rest of my time either with my wonderful kids and wife or reading or playing with our two dogs, just hanging around the house. In other words, it’s the simple everyday things that give me the most joy.
    This list would change with age I think. When I was younger and living all over the world different things gave me joy for sure.

    Matt
    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness."
    - Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham

  14. The Following 13 Users Say Thank You to mpennery For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (17th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Inaiá (19th June 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ken (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (11th June 2019)

  15. Link to Post #28
    United States Avalon Member mpennery's Avatar
    Join Date
    22nd February 2014
    Location
    Lexington, KY
    Age
    49
    Posts
    926
    Thanks
    6,206
    Thanked 8,565 times in 899 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    This thread really hit a nerve. I grabbed a piece of paper and started making a detailed list of what gave me joy. I’d strongly encourage you all to do the same. It’s fun to do affirmations! I’m spinning.
    My list of joys so far (in bad format to limit space):
    Learning something new and exciting every day—an ice cold beer after a productive day—a puff off a nice pipe—a long ride to a socccer game or practice with my daughter and her friends—my wife lets the dogs out at 4am and lets me sleep—I finish a project on my honeydo house project list—a long walk in a beautiful place—watching a seed I nurture grow to a plant I eat or smoke—looking at my beautiful wife—watching a great movie—a beautiful sunset, sunrise or rainbow—seeing a hawk in the city—rescuing a bird or bunny from our cats—being able to visit Project Avalon every day religiously to maintain my sanity from the outside world—sharing foot rubs on the couch—watching a client experience pure joy with a project completed—watching a player I coach make huge improvements—winning the right way, as a consequence of good habits and compassion—seeing a new bird at our feeder—a great game of ping pong with my son(who always kicks my ass)—a clear night when you can see the stars really well—a full or bright moon—thunderstorms—snowstorms—sledding—solving a problem my wife thought was impossible—listening to my favorite songs—thoughts of a future on a beach driving a golf cart instead of a car—throwing frisbee. I could go on and on I think. Lol. I suppose Bill could sell this info to Facebook and the deep state and they’d know everything about me there is to know. Haha.

    Matt
    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness."
    - Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham

  16. The Following 13 Users Say Thank You to mpennery For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (17th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (11th June 2019)

  17. Link to Post #29
    Australia Avalon Retired Member
    Join Date
    26th January 2011
    Location
    somewhere
    Posts
    2,050
    Thanks
    13,133
    Thanked 11,469 times in 1,706 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Quote Posted by mpennery (here)
    This thread really hit a nerve. I grabbed a piece of paper and started making a detailed list of what gave me joy. I’d strongly encourage you all to do the same. It’s fun to do affirmations! I’m spinning.
    You and me both

  18. The Following 13 Users Say Thank You to Constance For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Inaiá (19th June 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (17th January 2019), mpennery (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (27th January 2019)

  19. Link to Post #30
    Avalon Member
    Join Date
    17th September 2012
    Posts
    1,036
    Thanks
    1,705
    Thanked 4,779 times in 905 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    A lovely thread. Thank you!

    What sparks my joy? In a world where most interactions with other beings leaves one feeling adrift in a sea of mediocrity- the rare exchange wherein one recognizes the spark of understanding, intelligence and infinity in a kindred spirit- the realization that you are not alone and that there is hope for this race, albeit in a few.

  20. The Following 15 Users Say Thank You to AriG For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (17th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), ErtheVessel (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Inaiá (19th June 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (27th January 2019)

  21. Link to Post #31
    Australia Avalon Member Innocent Warrior's Avatar
    Join Date
    30th October 2014
    Location
    Great Northern Hotel, Twin Peaks.
    Posts
    3,377
    Thanks
    23,784
    Thanked 24,327 times in 3,059 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Hi, Constance. There’s a lot but here are some favourites.

    Love, warm and kind people.
    Seeing people thrive and doing what they love.
    Stars, mountains, forests, lakes, and the ocean.
    Most animals.
    Flowers.
    My son, BF, friends.
    My son’s laugh and his big bright eyes need a special mention.
    Same with my BF’s lips and kisses.
    Our cat, Beethoven.
    Our new pasta bowls.
    My new green shorts.
    Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue perfume.
    Moreton Bay bugs, mangoes, strawberries, Red Tulip chocolate, a big tin of Roses chocolates.
    Books, music, film.
    Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix.
    Anything extra dimensional.
    Stationary.
    Tea, strawberry champagne.
    Deep blue sky.
    Kayaking on calm waters.
    Babies, toddlers, elderly people.
    Dancing.
    My bed, falling asleep.
    Bosnian pyramid.
    Last edited by Innocent Warrior; 17th January 2019 at 03:08. Reason: Typo.
    Never give up on your silly, silly dreams.

    You mustn't be afraid to dream a little BIGGER, darling.

  22. The Following 13 Users Say Thank You to Innocent Warrior For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (17th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (17th January 2019), mpennery (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (27th January 2019)

  23. Link to Post #32
    Australia Avalon Retired Member
    Join Date
    26th January 2011
    Location
    somewhere
    Posts
    2,050
    Thanks
    13,133
    Thanked 11,469 times in 1,706 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Quote Posted by Rachel (here)
    Hi, Constance. There’s a lot but here are some favourites.

    Love, warm and kind people.
    Seeing people thrive and doing what they love.
    Stars, mountains, forests, lakes, and the ocean.
    Most animals.
    Flowers.
    My son, BF, friends.
    My son’s laugh and his big bright eyes need a special mention.
    Same with my BF’s lips and kisses.
    Our cat, Beethoven.
    Our new pasta bowls.
    My new green shorts.
    Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue perfume.
    Moreton Bay bugs, mangoes, strawberries, Red Tulip chocolate, a big tin of Roses chocolates.
    Books, music, film.
    Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix.
    Anything extra dimensional.
    Stationary.
    Tea, strawberry champagne.
    Deep blue sky.
    Kayaking on calm waters.
    Babies, toddlers, elderly people.
    Dancing.
    My bed, falling asleep.
    Bosnian pyramid.
    Hi Rach!

    Gorgeous list

    Kayaking on calm waters... beyond joy...


  24. The Following 12 Users Say Thank You to Constance For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Inaiá (19th June 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (27th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (27th January 2019)

  25. Link to Post #33
    United States Avalon Member Ivy23's Avatar
    Join Date
    27th July 2014
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    937
    Thanked 152 times in 18 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Excellent thread! Here are a few of my sparks:

    Sunlight on my face.
    A nice breeze blowing through my hair.
    Being in nature.
    Jogging. (Preferably outdoors)
    Wildflowers.
    Sandalwood, honeysuckle, lavender, patchouli.. the list of smells goes on and on.
    Making things.
    Synchronicities.
    Painting.
    Music.
    The mountains.
    A good book.
    Finding a new “treasure.” (Rock, feather, cool piece of wood)
    Learning something new.
    Teaching someone something new.
    Smiles on the faces of my loved ones.
    My German Shepard, Maia.
    Seeing a hawk.
    Losing myself in the stars, the moon, clouds, the sky.
    Big fat snowflakes.
    Dancing flames.
    Being aware that anything and everything that I think I know, could be false- and having the ability to throw those thoughts away as I gain new knowledge so I can form a new perspective.

  26. The Following 14 Users Say Thank You to Ivy23 For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (17th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Inaiá (19th June 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ken (27th January 2019), mpennery (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), Rosemarie (17th January 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (27th January 2019)

  27. Link to Post #34
    Avalon Retired Member
    Join Date
    26th December 2010
    Location
    Montreal
    Posts
    9,561
    Thanks
    37,831
    Thanked 52,749 times in 8,858 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Quote Posted by AutumnW (here)
    Quote Posted by Flash (here)
    What a good idea to declutter my home, touching everything and getting rid of things not giving me joy.

    What gives me joy:

    My daughter
    Seeing someone laugh
    Seeing a baby, or holding one
    Having a deep conversation
    The sea
    Swimming
    A warm sunny day
    Feeling love (for or from someone, for or from nature, for or from myself)
    My house (it will be difficult to sell. Which I must do)
    Creating something new
    Your daughter gives your life so much meaning and substance, Flash. It comes through over and over. I am so happy you have each other. You're both really blessed.
    Wow, what a neat exercise!

    I just realized that 2 great sources of joy I have will most probably be absent from my life next year, namely selling my house at some point and mostly my daughter going to university elsewhere (Switzerland or Ontario). Miss Switzerland (daughter) is coming back from Switzerland tomorrow.

    I am eager to see her, I missed so much her slamming of the door in the morning, the creaking of the stairs when she goes up, the 'mom, I got to speak to you - or with you' and the drama queening!!! Of course, I also missed the nice heart and fun liking humourous girl she is. I will have neither around next year.... Scary!

    Gosh.... I've got to prepare!!

    Other joys I have I may develop further:
    travelling
    learning languages (I love to speak, someone once told me I would even learn Chinese in order to speak - of course this was a boyfriend or my generation)
    skiing would be a great idea, as long as I have people to do it with
    reading - this is ongoing anyhow
    working for others growth, in whichever way
    animals
    oh, developing dancing and singing, never truly did it, but I enjoy moving

    what I do not like: aloness (solitude is fine, I need it at times, but feeling alone is difficult for me, I have been alone most of my life with responsibilities, no other adult to share with, while raising daughter, having my small cie, creating training material, and all,, it would be time for nicer co-sharing times with outstanding beings).

    Nice puzzle to solve
    Last edited by Flash; 17th January 2019 at 04:20.

  28. The Following 12 Users Say Thank You to Flash For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (17th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Innocent Warrior (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (27th January 2019), mpennery (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (27th January 2019)

  29. Link to Post #35
    Avalon Member Hym's Avatar
    Join Date
    27th June 2011
    Location
    Eastern Pacific
    Posts
    550
    Thanks
    7,946
    Thanked 3,318 times in 526 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    All of the above.....and I hesitated to even write here.

    Interesting thread. I like that it has made me analyze myself this deeply in a different way, tho a topic I am acutely aware of. I don't know how far beyond myself I can expect the experience of joy, the joy that is the inherent, the causal nature of being, especially considering how fragile and disconnected from the human condition the times between the livings are, times that can be joyful in their own way.

    Whatever, however, it has come to be this way, the lack of joy, the constant choices that so many people make not to be joyful.....which is what the state of being alive brings..... and the condition for my clan to even accept being in these bodies with all of these limitations...I see so many lives as wasting the time afforded for the experiences.

    I can't complain when I can be of some use, (lend a set of ears, lend my skills, give my labor, write something insightful, remind people sometimes of their right, their choices, their abilities and the simplicity of seeing things easier, allowing the joy into their lives) and I do understand why it has come to this, yet it is very hard being around such a depth of manipulation from outside influences. If I do not know joy deeply I could not see those things that are it's counter, its absence. To live without joy is the deepest of illnesses.

    For me personally, I do now see my ability to do some very different things, enduring way beyond the norm as a condition (funny saying that....deep health being a condition), as my coping mechanism, my adjustment for the cause, my agreement with myself, and not some self-centered indulgence, an insight I have when it comes to the deep inclination to help out. In health and the intense conditions of temporary injuries there is a wider constant of en-joyment.

    When I go anywhere, to work, to shop, to study, to a movie, I have never got it why there is such a big disconnect. I cannot even begin to describe the depth of joy that living brings, and your posts confirm that. Why be in a body and not make it a good time, an interesting time, a conscious time to enjoy this all? Being one who has taken responsibility for my life, with it's limitations, doing so has often left me challenging the inhumanity alone, which makes for some wickedly humorous and sometimes joyful insights. In contrast, I'd repeat my gratitude for the joy that the connection here brings me. I am not alone here and for all of your humanities I find more than enough reasons for being in this condition.

    It is your condition, this living, and in the worst of circumstances where pain is felt and it is not a result of your direct intention you still have a soulful, a heartfelt, a meaningful right, even a solemn duty to live joyfully, ....especially in contrast to whatever someone else has imposed upon you or dealt you.

    I was talking to a great and insightful friend about joy and divine intervention, the one we all activate, whether we know it or not, and we talked about what we have done to those who have been cruel to us, primarily because we both, in our individual lives, choose to make joy a warriors' path.

    In any position when we hire the weak we enjoy treating them the way we choose to be treated, never repeating the harm aimed at us. It is so cool watching them trying to adjust to the unequal power joy has over cruelty and of what an insistence on being treated fairly does to their lives, especially with the joy our presences choose to bring. We don't forget the offenses done to us, and we may joke with the offenders about what they so weakly tried to do to us, but we choose to not be offensive.

    No weakness here and yes they can leave if they can't handle the good, the laughter, the intensity of focusing on being in a kick-ass team. The other side of this is we both have done some serious harm fighting, so no need, in most cases, to beat them down physically or emotionally, knowing that the good feeling of doing so doesn't last long. There are many reasons to follow the joy if we just look a little deeper.
    Conditionless, like breathing....

  30. The Following 13 Users Say Thank You to Hym For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (17th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), ErtheVessel (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (27th January 2019), mpennery (17th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), scotslad (17th January 2019), Valerie Villars (27th January 2019)

  31. Link to Post #36
    Philippines Avalon Member
    Join Date
    29th May 2013
    Age
    53
    Posts
    2,473
    Thanks
    4,148
    Thanked 9,070 times in 2,143 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    smiling seem to create sparks from everything. If I'm feeling low I just force myself to smile if that didnt work I try to find some reason to smile like going out and smiling at people and sparks of joy follow.

  32. The Following 11 Users Say Thank You to Bubu For This Post:

    Bill Ryan (17th January 2019), Constance (17th January 2019), Dennis Leahy (27th January 2019), Flash (17th January 2019), Hym (17th January 2019), Ivy23 (17th January 2019), Ken (27th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), RunningDeer (17th January 2019), scotslad (18th January 2019), Valerie Villars (27th January 2019)

  33. Link to Post #37
    United States Avalon Member Dennis Leahy's Avatar
    Join Date
    14th January 2011
    Location
    Duluth, Minnesota
    Age
    65
    Posts
    6,154
    Thanks
    35,222
    Thanked 41,857 times in 5,225 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Being in wild/semi-wild natural settings, and being so immersed that I sort of disappear. "Joy" might not be the right word for this during the experience, as it is more sublime, but joy in recollection of those times, and joyous moments sprinkled into the experience.

    Communicating with other (Earth animal) species, especially if wild.

    Hearing young children's laughter.

    (This is part of my past, not current.) Physically experiencing some very fast-paced activity, faster than I can think, where it forces a Zen-like experience. (I don't know, maybe this is more a heightened "exhilaration" rather than "joy."

    Some music evinces joy. Sometimes it is just a single note or a short phrase, (from a masterfully played cello or acoustic guitar or oboe or violin) and sometimes ensemble pieces or symphonic pieces.

    Just about any nature film narrated by David Attenborough.


  34. The Following 9 Users Say Thank You to Dennis Leahy For This Post:

    Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (27th January 2019), ErtheVessel (27th January 2019), Flash (27th January 2019), Hym (28th January 2019), Ken (27th January 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), RunningDeer (27th January 2019), Valerie Villars (27th January 2019)

  35. Link to Post #38
    Australia Avalon Retired Member
    Join Date
    26th January 2011
    Location
    somewhere
    Posts
    2,050
    Thanks
    13,133
    Thanked 11,469 times in 1,706 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    I hope this sparks joy in you


    Slomo: The Man Who Skated Right Off the Grid | Op-Docs | The New York Times

  36. The Following 7 Users Say Thank You to Constance For This Post:

    Bubu (1st July 2019), Dennis Leahy (17th June 2019), Ivanhoe (11th June 2019), janus (11th June 2019), Joe (11th June 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), RunningDeer (11th June 2019)

  37. Link to Post #39
    United States Avalon Member Valerie Villars's Avatar
    Join Date
    16th November 2017
    Age
    57
    Posts
    2,723
    Thanks
    28,110
    Thanked 18,193 times in 2,681 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Constance, I didn't expect the video above to have such an impact on me. It was simply beautiful. Thanks.
    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

  38. The Following 8 Users Say Thank You to Valerie Villars For This Post:

    Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (12th June 2019), Dennis Leahy (17th June 2019), Ivanhoe (11th June 2019), janus (11th June 2019), Joe (11th June 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), RunningDeer (11th June 2019)

  39. Link to Post #40
    Canada Avalon Member
    Join Date
    12th September 2016
    Posts
    450
    Thanks
    1,104
    Thanked 2,775 times in 428 posts

    Default Re: What sparks joy in you?

    Wow, seeing so many people reflecting on what makes them happy is a joyous thing in itself!

    My list would be large because I find happiness in so many things.

    My family.
    Seeing my kids first thing in the morning and kissing them goodnight. (And so much in between.)
    My wife - my best friend.
    Music - listening. Drumming.
    Animals.

    ...so many things.

  40. The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to Patient For This Post:

    Bubu (1st July 2019), Constance (12th June 2019), Dennis Leahy (17th June 2019), Merry Mom (18th June 2019), peterpam (18th June 2019), RunningDeer (12th June 2019)

+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1 2 4 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts