The Divine Expression of Joy
Today we want to speak to your divine expression of personal joy. One of the things that makes humans stand out is the collective love and care you show toward each other. Spontaneous acts of kindness for the simple pleasure of doing something that feels good are by are the most common expressions of joy humans experience every day.
However, we also see another pattern among humans that doesn’t always serve you. We notice that sometimes, you do things for other people with the hope – and often expectation – that you will receive some type of reward or recognition. It does not matter whether the hoped-for reward is eternal salvation or an acknowledgment of one’s existence. The fact that there is an expectation of a return is something every human has experienced at one point or another.
These seemingly opposite motivations both serve a purpose. Doing something for someone for no other reason than because you want to do it serves the purpose of keeping you centered in a joyful space that only leads to more joy. The motivation to receive reward or recognition serves you because you may experience disappointment or anger if the expected reward does not come; and that creates enough emotional contrast for you to clarify what you truly want for yourself.
If you have the remotest desire to elicit a positive reaction from someone, know that you’re not centered in your place of joy. Any expectation that anything from outside of you will contribute to your feelings of happiness will not bring you the joy you seek. Let us be clear… your joy comes from nowhere else except you.
We remind you of the Second Principle of Joy: Your human experience is your ultimate expression of personal joy. You cannot be separated from joy because you are joy.
If you do anything, do it for no other reason than because you want to do it and you feel joyful doing it.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and self-described champion for living joyously. He is best known for his work facilitating conversations about the aspects of joyous living with groups around the world.
Appio is driven by a passion to show people how they can be authentic and experience community, connection, and alignment every day by applying the Tenets of Joy to their lives. He is also co-host of the Real Men Feel podcast along with his good friend Andy Grant.