WHAT MORE CAN I DO: to Cultivate Joy in My Life Today?

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose it. And then continue to choose it each day.” – Henri Nouwen

Welcome to spark! Day 3! Have you ever thought or said, “If only I had that, I would be happy?” Being happy is fine, but happiness is dependent upon things going your way. It is fleeing. What we actually desire is JOY.


In today’s video, I share the four things the most joy-filled people I know have in common. This will help you to see where you align and where you have opportunities to grow your “joy capacity.” Watch the video now.

Spark! Joy Challenge:

Make a list of 10 people (or things) that bring you real joy.

Your list may include your spouse’s voice, a walk in nature, the sight of the sunrise, a child’s face, the memory of a dear friend, a lazy Saturday, a hot coffee. If you’re having a hard time starting your list, start with the last life-giving breath you took in.

In letting go of wanting more and celebrating the gifts you already have, you’ll ignite joy for today and hope for tomorrow.

Go ALL-IN today: At least twice today pull out your list and reflect on it for 60 seconds.

This is your day. Live Inspired.

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Showing 9 comments
  • Janet

    Thank you at last something I can do.

  • Brenda

    I am grateful for these daily videos! #inspired

  • Ana

    John you visited our company conference last week and changed my life forever. I’ve been reading your email each day and watching your daily video, because of you, i have vowed to work towards being a better person for myself, my family, friends and even strangers I pass each day. Thank you for your inspiration, your JOY, is contagious! God Bless You <3
    Looking forward to tomorrow's challenge.

    • John

      Thank YOU for taking my message to heart and for ALL you do each day, Ana! Stay ON FIRE! J

  • Stephanie Fisher

    Thank you John!! I so appreciate this today! I cannot wait to hear you speak for us at our Arbonne Global Training Conference in Las Vegas in April!! What an incredible treat to have you with us.

    • John

      So happy you’re enjoying your #SparkChallenge — keep it up! See you in Vegas!! J

  • Cindy brammer

    Very special John. Thank you

  • Carol Keating

    JOY has been my favorite word for years. In fact, someone explained to me what the letters of JOY meant. J is forJesus; O is for Others:Y is for Yourself. When you keep those letters in order & live your life that way, you will have JOY. Often in conversations, that word JOY will come up & I ask people what it means to them & then I tell them what it means to me. They smile & like it!! Maybe they will even remember it & practice it:)

    • John O'Leary

      Carol – what a beautiful, simple tool to live JOY every day. Thank you for sharing and for ALL you do, my friend. J

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