21 Ways to Cultivate Joy After 50

Cultivating joy is the greatest gift you can give yourself in your second half.

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“Like a beautiful, blooming rose, joy can be cultivated—day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment”  ~Linda Joy.

As we head into our 50s we become aware that things we thought would last forever are changing and slipping away from us. The landscape feels unfamiliar and we wonder what is coming next. The greatest gift we can give ourselves at this time is to cultivate joy in our lives – just as we would seeds we have planted in our garden.

The beautiful thing is that as JOY blooms for us we find that WE are blooming also ~ that exciting new opportunities and possibilities are being drawn to us!

As Jack Boland writes, “The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of the magnificent experience it will draw to you. It will produce wonders in your life.”

I have chosen 21 quotes that will help you see how it is possible to cultivate joy in your life.

21 ways to cultivate joy after 50

1) PRACTICE GRATITUDE

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you”. ~Eileen Caddy

2) EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

3) EMBRACE THE SEASON OF LIFE YOU’RE IN

“Women can look and feel their very best in the full bloom of mid-life. Joy is appreciating the beauty of the season we are in, not longing or looking back” ~Dr Christiane Northrup

4) MAKE A DIFFERENCE

“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.” ~Buddha

5) BE AUTHENTIC

“What I know for sure is that you feel real JOY in direct proportion to how connected you are to living your truth.” ~Oprah

6) BE KIND TO OTHERS

“Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. ” ~Robert J. Furey

7) LOVE YOURSELF

“Love yourself, even a little bit each day, and your life will bloom into infinite joy.” ~Amy Leigh Mercree

8) STAY OPEN TO NEW EXPERIENCES

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun” ~Christopher McCandless

9) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH INSPIRING PEOPLE

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” ~Oprah Winfrey

10) CELEBRATE THE LITTLE MOMENTS

“A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked” ~Anais Nin

11) LIVE YOUR PASSION

“The only advice I can offer is to find what you love to do, find the joy in it, and express yourself through your passion” ~Barry Williams

12) LET YOURSELF BE VULNERABLE

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ~Brene Brown

13) CHOOSE JOY!

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy, and keep choosing it every day.” ~Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Joy springs from within. No one makes you joyous; you choose joyfulness.” ~Author unknown

14) KNOW YOURSELF

“Real joy comes with self-knowledge and self-acceptance.” ~Rachel Cowan and Linda Thal. Wise Aging

15) PRACTICE MINDFUL LIVING

“Mindfulness gives birth to joy and happiness” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

16) GIVE MORE LOVE

“JOY is an attribute of love. It cannot be experienced where there is not love. As you give more love you have more joy” ~Anonymous

17) TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR JOY

“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it” ~Chuck Palahniuk

18) TAKE TIME TO REPLENISH

“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

19) SERVE OTHERS

“If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter” ~Ezra Taft Benson

20) KEEP GROWING

“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal” ~Aleister Crowley

21) NURTURE YOUR FRIENDSHIPS

“Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

 


"DISCOVER YOURSELF, LIKE A LOTUS FLOWER IN FULL BLOOM" ~Masaru Emoto