Jubilation is defined as “afeelingof,ortheexpressionof,joyorexultation.” Now that is exactly how I want to live my live – full of joy and laughter and, yes – in exultation of all the good things, or as the french would say, “joi de vivre.”
I generally approach life with a pretty jubilant attitude, but every so often I do find myself succumbing to negative thoughts and attitudes and I need a little reminding of all the wonderful things life has to offer. As such, I decided to start a campaign to identify 100 things that make me truly, well, jubilant. That way, whenever I am feeling anxious, frustrated, negative, or unenthusiastic about life I can look at this list and refocus my thoughts on all the things that bring me joy.
I am calling the project “Destination Jubilation.” It’s quirky and fun and better yet, it rhymes (something else that makes me quite jubilant). My ultimate aim is to find joy in the journey. Some jubilance in the little moments throughout the everyday grind. What could be better than a life of joy? I absolutely encourage you to start your own list as well and spread the word about Destination Jubilation. Who knows what radical effect this project will have. One thing is for certain, the World could do with a little more joy.
I had so much fun compiling this list and I look forward to coming back to it again and again for inspiration. Each and every one of these 100 things that bring me joy made the list due to a moment or memory I associate with it. Something about these things sparks a little twinge of joy whenever I experience them. Red lips make me feel powerful and feminine and fierce. Scrapbooking allows me to capture memories and preserve them for myself and posterity sake. Coffee makes me a human. All of these are an integral part of my modus operandi (coffee especially) and having a concrete list has made it so fun and easy to focus my thoughts on all these positive things.
When I started this project I really struggled to believe that I could think of 100 things that bring me joy. Now that I have, I am amazed at the transformative power of positivity. I still struggle to keep my emotions in check but having this list of happy has made it easier for me to bounce back quicker. It will continue to be a work in progress, and that is, OK. I have learned that taking stock of those little things, those little jubilant moments in life, can often grant an unexpected, though necessary, perspective shift. That perspective shift is often all I need to turn my crappy in to happy and regain control of my emotions. It has come to be an effective tool in my arsenal and it is, in my humble opinion, the key to ultimately being content. All it takes is making an intention to remember that there is something good to be found in every moment, and jubilation is never really very far away.
“Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp. But, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Lift up your hearts, my brothers, high, higher! And don’t forget about your legs either! Lift up your legs as well, you good dancers, and better yet – stand also on your heads!” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times if only one remember to turns on the light.”
– Albus Dumbledore