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Under the Influence of Joy: 8 Ways to Create More Joy

06/23/2012 07:51 am ET | Updated Aug 23, 2012

We are acutely aware of being under the influence of many things: drugs, alcohol, jealousy, manipulative media, and racism. We fight to create awareness so we can move beyond the influences of these negative emotions and situations. Just as important as letting some things go, there is the importance of bringing new things toward us. One of the influences that we can and should embrace is joy. Being under the influence of joy has the ability to shift your focus and change the trajectory of your life.

How Can I Create Joy?

8 Ways To Create More Joy

When you are in the midst of turmoil, uncertainty, pain or sadness, remember to be love in action -- and this includes forgiveness. In every dark moment there exists its opposite. Continue to hang on and know you have the strength within you to find joy. It is there -- I promise.

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