In my family wellness coaching work with women, finding joy in hard times comes up daily.

Moms desperately want to experience joy.

The doldrums of the routine and mundane can make us feel like we’re missing out on all the fun that life has to offer.

And the challenges of our children’s ideas. messes and personalities can leave us feeling anything less than joy.

But we still seek joy. And in many cases we pile tons of expectations onto our lives as a result of this desire to feel joy — and for our children to feel joy.

In this week’s episode of The Abundant Mama Show, I’m talking about how to rock joy in the hard times and how to take intentional actions toward joy.

This is the first in a three-part series that I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks.

During this episode, I talk about this concept of rocking joy through the lens of the book “The Book of Joy,” by his Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Author Douglas Abrams (affiliate link).

The book is such a great conversation to savor between two lovely men who are two well-known thought leaders from different faiths who got together for a week to discuss joy, particularly around finding it when we’re in the midst of suffering on big and small scales in our lives. They also share their 8 Pillars of Joy as well — which are almost exactly the pillars we focus on in The Abundant Mama Project.

This book was our Abundant Mama Project membership community’s book selection in February for our “Not Your Mother’s Book Club” online meeting focused on JOY. I tell you a bit more about our book club on the podcast.

The overwhelming reaction to this book from the moms in our community was this: We create our own joy.

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Inside this Episode

  • What is Joy and how do we find it?
  • Can we find joy when we’re suffering?
  • What are the 8 Pillars of Joy?
  • How does perspective play into joy?
  • Where do you find perspective?
  • Practicing humility and gaining joy.
  • Learning to laugh at ourselves and others.

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