Hi! It’s Jasmyne with Relate Family Therapy in Centennial, Colorado. And today I want to talk about how things spark joy. There’s been a lot of talk about a show that talks through how to get rid of clutter and how to make your house feel better. One of the big concepts in that is only keeping things that help spark joy. While that is really helpful, we need to remember that things don’t necessarily bring joy. Experiences do. Time and time again, research has shown that not giving things and going through and having experiences with other people are better ways to connect with them, and you’re able to produce a longer-lasting joy and happiness from that. That shared experience is one where you tend to be able to relive it with them or you can just take it on your own and have a memory. You can look forward to new experiences and plan out things and say, “in two weeks I’m going to do something that’s new and exciting.” When you talk about joy in things, they tend to be things that are short-lived and really not that invaluable long-term. The investment can sometimes be great, monetarily. You can spend a lot of money on things you think will bring you pleasure and joy, and it turns out, after a while, you don’t really want it anymore or really recognize that maybe you didn’t really need it. Some things do produce lasting joy, but for the most part, tending to go toward those experiences will help you feel more connected, and your interactions will be stronger. You’ll have something to look back on and look forward to to create and spark joy.
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