JUN 26, 24 .. JOY AND FORGIVENESS..

Yes.. we.. know.

The below thoughts are not new here as NATIONAL TODAY topics. But.. bear with us and read on down..

They have already appeared and because they are so universally sound, they will no doubt again show up. But we don’t want to get into “we’ve already seen this or that” micro editing!

Just three days ago, last Sunday June the 23rd, we showed Let It Go Day! 

Letting It Go is very sound advice that fits very well with today’s two topics.

NATIONAL TODAY..

Two nice thoughts for June the 26th.

Celebrate National Day of Joy on the last Wednesday of June, which falls on June 26 this year. We want to observe it by finding happiness outside the norms that society calls for. The search for joy is often attributed to material possessions but neglects family. National Day of Joy started when caregivers realized how important it is for senior people to be joyful. Enjoying everyday moments improves general well-being. It is not based on outward circumstances. This includes wealth and prestige. It is an ability to rejoice at all times and over the small things.

National Day of Joy started in 2019. It was the brainchild of caregivers for seniors, Comfort Keepers. The day sprouted from the firm’s observation of the magic that joyful moments have on their clients. To capitalize on that, it decided to create a day dedicated for people to search out of the box for things that make them happy. Over the years, the day’s celebration has increased the mental well-being of those who participate in its celebration. Comfort Keepers recognizes the value of stopping to smell the roses. Admire your family members. Enjoy your surroundings and the moment. That is what the Day of Joy is for.

The dictionary defines joy as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness”. Religions all espouse pathways to joy. Some even consider the religion itself to be a path of joy. Often joy can be found even in hard times. If one is inclined to see the good in a day, it will find you. Smiling and a joyful attitude create more joy. Laughing out loud spreads it even further. Music and singing are a great source of joy to the human spirit.

A great way to find joy is to stop comparing yourself to other people. Start talking to those around you — that is a great joy igniter. Being kind to others brings great joy. Enjoying the small things and the beautiful moments of each day is the best way to fire up joy again. “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day,” said Henri Nouwen.

All true.

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Part of the answer to the above National Day of Joy..

Is forgiveness.

Forgiveness Day is celebrated on 26 June. This day is not to be confused with Global Forgiveness day which is observed on July 7 and is actually an off-shoot of Forgiveness Day. The day was incepted in 1994 by The Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors (CECA). It was established in line with Christianity’s teachings around forgiveness – that we should always forgive all who trespass against us. But even in the secular world, forgiveness means different things to different people and today is the day to shed old grievances or grudges and forgive those who have wronged us.

The practice of forgiveness can be traced back thousands of years with mention being made in numerous religious texts. It may seem like a difficult task, but it is merely letting go of anger, hurt, or a desire for vengeance.

From the Bible to the Quran, each religion has specific stories and teachings that relate to the act of forgiveness and the impact it can have on our lives and others. In the Bible, Christ forgives from the cross. Some of the earliest depictions of forgiveness arise from Buddhist, Hindu, and Jewish theologies and philosophies. More recently much research has been done on forgiveness as it relates to us physically and psychologically – specifically in the fields of psychology, sociology, and medicine.

Forgiveness has been linked to many mental health benefits including reduced stress, anger, depression, and state anxiety.

Positive relational health with others – including improved social support and marital quality – comes with forgiveness. It also leads to an array of physical health benefits including lowered blood pressure and improved cardiovascular health. Dr. Frederic Luskin, Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, began his research in the field of forgiveness. His results showed that forgiveness training helped people feel significantly less hurt. He noted that they could learn techniques for forgiving specific and more general resentment and forgive the particular person who had caused them pain. His follow-up study in 2003 reported that the mental benefits of forgiveness training were still present six months after training.

Now, actually practicing these spiritual concepts, is another matter! Good Luck on your journey!

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Cap and Patti

2 thoughts on “JUN 26, 24 .. JOY AND FORGIVENESS..

  1. Kathleen Brady

    Three very sound thoughts for a happy life. Holding onto past hurts only hurts the person who is constantly re-living the pain. “Resentment is like you taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” I can’t remember where I saw that but I think it’s true. Sometimes people hold onto resentments because they think they are punishing the other person. No, they are only punishing themselves. “Forgiveness is a gift that you give yourself.” I know I have felt great relief when I have let go of any resentments. Resenting others didn’t change them, only me as I re-lived the events and re-felt the pain.

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Kathleen truer words were never spoken. The problem with “letting go” is two fold. First, and most importantly, we who hold the resentments MUST WANT to be free of them. Until we ourselves decide “It’s time to let go of these feelings and hurts and frustrations and resentments” nothing is going to happen. Second, it actually takes action. We have to actually do the work we need to in order to let them go. THAT can become a journey rather than firmly doing whatever we need to do to cleanse ourselves. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” As always, thanks so very much for your comment Kathleen. Cap and Patti

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