What is Joy?

Joyful Spirit

I love Maya Angelou’s quote very much. I find myself in that quote. I get told all the time : “Nadia, you are such a happy person. Always smiling.” And people seem to mistake this demeanor for being a person with no problems, no challenges and no worries. This could not be further from the truth.

Yes, a joyful spirit seems to be hardwired in essence. There is an ultimate zest for life that joyful spirits share and a great love for earth, and our life experience here, and humanity in general.

But let’s face it : Life can be hard.

And life can get you down. There will always be ups and down, like there will be ebb and flow in the ocean. There will be very positive times and sometimes we will feel surrounded by so much negativity that we think we might suffocate in it all.

But there truly is one magical potion that will get you your joy back!

It is a first step in the right direction and the first step to facing your joy stealers. This magic potion is heartfelt gratitude. A grateful heart is the key and unlocks the door to joy.

“ No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, the magic of gratitude will change your life!” ~ Rhonda Byrne.

So start today. Do NOT wait any longer.

Start to integrate the practice of gratitude in your daily routine. Get into the habit of counting your blessings instead of listing your problems. Begin to have a magic morning. This does not have to be big or complicated. Simplicity is key here.

For example : Under the shower offer your gratitude for the gorgeous, hot water cleansing you of bodily odors (hehehe) as well as emotional toxins. Imagine the water washing you pure of any negativity your body might be holding onto. And remember those that do not not have the luxury of a vast supply of water. Stop taking things for granted and get grateful. Simple as that!

It will change YOU. It will change your LIFE. And practiced globally it WILL CHANGE THE WORLD!

That is the collective power we hold. So let’s get cracking, shall we?

It takes practice. It really does. I highly recommend Rhonda Byrne’s book and 28 day challenge “The Magic”

The Magic (The Secret)

Also, if you like socialmedia, check out www.gratitudelog.com  Or do it the old fashion way – write in a gratitude journal. That is what I do.

Remember that a grateful heart will feed your spirit with joy. And joy in your inner world will manifest joy in your outer world. It’s an inside job. And THAT”S why I am so darn happy all the time (giggles) I have done the inside job. I have put in the work and I am reaping the rewards. I am Wired for Joy.

This statement is a very literal one. I literally wired my brain from stress to joy. But that is yet another story which I will tell in another blog post. I promise.

Let me simplify it for now. It is very important to realize that rewiring yourself from distress to joy is a spiritual, mental and emotional journey and the practice of gratitude is your first step to a new life experience.

A second step for you might be to check out Laurel Mellin’s work “Wired for Joy” – a scientific solution to stress. I think very highly of this work as it was and IS what has saved my life.

Wired For Joy!: A Revolutionary Method for Creating Happiness from Within

After 2 exhausting and disheartening burnouts, one at age 28 and one at age 35 (I am 38 now), I really had to learn to deal with stress in a way that would not end in a self destruct countdown mode, and me being a ticking time bomb.

BIG lifestyle surgery was necessary and I really  had to commit to to get better, well, happy, vibrant and joyous again. But like I said that is a story for another time 🙂

Today my life is still full of ups and downs, challenges, stress that can catch up with me, negativity can also be a challenge. But I have learned, through the process of life (and these two books), that I can choose to focus on the good, the positive.

I can practice gratitude.

I can begin to count and acknowledging my blessings.

I can stop the griping and the bitching.

And I can make sure my brain is wired for joy versus stress

(yes, you can do this too!!! Check out these two golden nuggets)

Wired For Joy!: A Revolutionary Method for Creating Happiness from Within

The Magic (The Secret)

Come one, dear One, join my world 🙂

Here’s to the magic of gratitude and living from a place of joy. And remember it is always just a decision away.

Blessed be,


PS. If you would like to join a sisterhood of likeminded women where we do this sort of ‘inner work’ and ‘Sacred Self’ care you are warmly invited to come join our virtual Empowered Goddess Temple here. 





  • Nice perspective. Rewiring ourselves for joy is a daily practice and ongoing effort, and gratitude is the place to start for sure! 🙂

    KristiMay 7, 2014
  • Being grateful is a choice – and one that is practiced and implemented daily can really change so much for the better! Gratitude can shift my attitude and view of things in a second!

    JaninaMay 7, 2014
    • Janina, you sound like you have it down woman 🙂 congratulations on the shift!

      Nadia KraussMay 7, 2014
  • I love having the ability to choose my attitude by using gratitude. Thank you for a lovely post.

    AndreaMay 7, 2014
    • You are so welcome, Andrea. It is such a powerful feeling to know we have a choice, isn’t it?

      Nadia KraussMay 7, 2014
  • Nadia, this is exactly the truth I live! I have read The Magic and I practice gratitude every day, multiple times a day. There is a shift that takes place when you begin and end your day in gratitude. It is so easy to fall into the trap of complaining, but as you say, that steals your joy. Bravo!

    Deanna HeiligerMay 7, 2014
    • Yay! Deanna, this makes me so happy for you. Bravo to you too. Let’s do the happy dance together 🙂

      Nadia KraussMay 7, 2014
  • I wholeheartedly agree, Nadia, that embracing gratitude as our “default” brings unimagined rewards. A focus on problems only breeds more of the same. I can attend to my challenges without getting stuck in them.

    Laurie SeymourMay 7, 2014
    • Laurie, I truly am so very happy that the practice of gratitude is sprouting and blooming. Good things will come of this.

      Nadia KraussMay 7, 2014
  • Wonderful post, Nadia. I totally agree. Gratitude is such a powerful practice. One way of practicing gratitude I have found helpful – and that it’s easy to stick to – is to go for a short walk with a loved one at the end of the day and each will share 3 things they are grateful for.

    Marianne SoucyMay 7, 2014
    • Oh Marianne, what a wonderful practice. And doing it together magnifies its power. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing 🙂

      Nadia KraussMay 7, 2014
  • Great post. Gratitude can propel you to a joyful disposition,which is so important in managing stress. thanks for the reminders.

    Veronica SutherlandMay 8, 2014
  • Nadia, I couldn’t agree with you more that gratitude is at the root of true happiness! Thanks for the beautiful reminder! <3

    Sheila CallahamMay 8, 2014
  • Thank you! Living in Gratitude is living in bliss!

    ShannMay 9, 2014
    • Yess!! Love to be in such good company, Shann. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Very much appreciated.

      Nadia KraussMay 9, 2014

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