Don’t let anyone steal your joy! Don’t let anyone rob your peace. Joy is precious, and you have to protect it. Here are 6 tips to keep it safe.
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All too often, people are rude and disrespectful, robbing you of your joy.
I’ll show you how not to let this happen.
Have you heard the saying, “Don’t let anyone steal your joy?”
Our joy is precious and must be protected from others stealing it. When people are mean to us or talk bad about us, it hurts our feelings and ruins our day.
Is it ruined, though? With the right mindset, you’ll be able to brush them off.
Your happiness and joy depend on you; your thoughts about you and no one else’s words matter. Let me be clear, what they say doesn’t matter.
It’s their problem, not yours.
Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Joy
Today I want to share some exercises to deal with toxic people and maintain your positive outlook and happiness.
1. Don’t Let Negative Words Hurt You
The haters of the world will insult you, talk down to you and say things that are intended to make you feel like you don’t matter.
Haters have no joy of their own, so they try and steal yours. Ever hear the saying, “Misery loves company?”
They lack self-esteem in themselves, have a negative mindset about everything, and they want you to join them in feeling miserable too.
These people are so miserable they wish they had your amazing and joyful life.
An intelligent man named Elber Hubbard once said: “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
It’s hard to say nothing, and most people have the fight-back mindset, which only causes more conflict and fuels, toxic people.
I usually ignore their comments as long as the other person isn’t laying their hands on me.
I won’t give them the satisfaction or attention of belittling and disrespecting me.
What matters most is “you know who you are.” Other people don’t fully know you. Only what they perceive of you.
You’ve lived and experienced your life and know that you are an intelligent, hard-working, good person, and no one is going to steal your joy.
Take some time at the beginning and end of each day to remind yourself that you matter; you’re a unique, extraordinary, intelligent, and positive person.
If you feel stressed at the end of your day, try making a self-care kit to help you relax and unwind.
2. Your Happiness Doesn’t Depend On Someone Else
It’s easier said than done because we as humans are social creatures, and approval or validation feels good.
Building up your self-esteem and avoiding the over-reliance on validation from other people is key to your happiness.
You won’t need to have someone tell you what a good job you did or how awesome you are. With higher self-esteem, you’ll know how amazing you are.
Focus on what makes you happy in your life and know you are good enough, and don’t let anyone steal your joy.
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3. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
The worst thing we can do is compare ourselves to other people, and they aren’t better or worse than us.
You might be tempted to think you’re better than someone else somehow, but are you?
Consuming social media causes us to compare ourselves to others even more.
“She has a great body.” “They’re house is better than our.” “He’s richer than me.”
Seriously, examine what social media is doing to you. Is it helping you? Or wasting your time? If you have people you follow that cause you to compare yourself to them, think about hiding their posts.
You don’t have to unfriend them; make it so you don’t see their posts constantly on your feed.
We all excel in different areas and not so much in others. We all are good at that one thing, and then that other thing we fail at.
Even if you continue to compare yourself to your rival and bypass their abilities, there will always be someone else that’s better than you. Richer than you. Better looking than you.
It’s better to move past this un-ending comparison trap because it will continue those negative thoughts in your head and steal your joy.
The only person you should compare yourself to is you. Look at your past, present, and where you’d like to be in 5 or 10 years.
Continue to improve yourself to be the best you.
4. Practice Mindfulness
Tip number four is practicing Mindfulness Meditation. Mindfulness is a quality and an essential skill we all need to have, and it means being present with whatever you’re doing.
Mindfulness meditation can help you live and act with Mindfulness, increasing your joy.
When you focus on your activity, you’re living in the present moment instead of being stuck in your head with your negative thoughts.
For example, if you’re walking outside, pay close attention to your surroundings. Watch the birds chirping and flying around, that squirrel gathering nuts.
Notice the beauty of nature in that present moment without judgment.
5. Distance Yourself From Negative People
You may have friends or family that act and speak negatively about everything. This type of person slowly brings you down and steals your joy little by little.
They may not be doing it on purpose, it’s just how they are, and it’s up to you to manage it.
Evaluate who you spend time around as your mental health and personality and how you think are affected.
If you spend lots of time around a negative person who is always complaining about life and speaks negatively, you will begin to think the same way over time.
We all become down on life or depressed once in a while because something terrible happened, but some people you deal with are downers all the time, and they drain you when you want to enjoy life.
It can be more problematic when it’s a family member, and you might feel obligated to be around them, but you don’t have to.
Limit your interactions with them. You don’t have to say anything to them; you don’t have to start an argument and say they’re wrong. Leave the situation and find other more positive things to do with your time.
Don’t let anyone steal your joy. Find people with positivity and positive outlooks as these people will lift you and make you have fun in life.
Being around positive people won’t drain your energy; they won’t steal your joy. Positive people will encourage and improve your mental health.
6. Practice Gratitude
We don’t do enough to practice gratitude and give thanks for what we have.
I like to write in my journal at night daily and write down the good things that happened that day.
You could go a step further and write down at least ten things you are grateful for in your life. Feel free to write more if the spirit moves you.
An example could be:
- a roof over my head
- food on the table
- I have a car
- I have a job
Being grateful for what you have and putting it down on paper allows you to visualize and see the good in your life.
Look for the little things in your life and write them down. It’s an excellent finish to your day, ending it on a happy note.
Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Joy
There will always be people trying to bring you down, but if you take the proper steps and protect your happiness, you can have a great and happy life.
It’s okay to feel down once in a while; it’s normal. But try not to dwell on the situation too much and let it steal your joy.
I wish you all the best and want you to live your best life possible. Go out there and be happy, healthy, and joyous.