No one has to steal your joy if you give it away for free.
Church folks say, "Don't let anyone steal your joy." But I realize too often we give away our joy to people, places, and things before they even try to take it.
I've learned the hard way that joy is your Divine gift. Once we give it away, we feel discouraged, disconnected, and defeated. The good news is that you get to choose whether or not you give your joy away.
Sometimes we don't even realize we're giving our joy away.
How do you know you've given your joy away? You can feel it. Yes, you may feel sad.
Sadness is what most people usually think of as the opposite of joy. However, being around certain people or situations can spark other emotions that can be clues to show you may have given your joy away, such as:
Feeling fatigued or low in energy
Feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
These are just a few of the emotions you may feel. Of course, this list isn't complete, and you need to identify how you feel when your joy is diminishing.
In addition to recognizing when you're giving your joy away, it's also important to keep your joy. I recommend using your Body-Mind-Spirit approach to keeping your joy.
Your Body J.O.Y.