Food for Thought: What Brings You Joy?

By Celia Lambert, PhDfood_for_thought_logo

When asked, “What is the one thing you want,” most Americans answered; “to be happy.”

Do you ever find yourself wishing for something bigger, better, brighter than what you think you have. What if I told you that you are full of hidden treasures and that you possess many of the things you’re looking for?!

Let me put it another way. When you are looking for love and approval from someone outside of yourself, do you think that it’s easy or difficult if you have yet to discover it inside of you?

By contrast, what if you loved and appreciated yourself. Do you think you would love more easily and appreciate others more fully?

The idea that you have to love yourself first in order to love someone else is not new. What may be new to you is how simply you can begin this quest.

Here’s an exercise for you to do:

Make a list of the things that bring you joy. Something that comes from inside of you. For example, the way you care for or about a friend, a family member or a pet. Generally speaking if it brings you joy, it also makes happy! If it brings you joy to love something, then you are loving! Therefore you are making a list of the things you love about yourself. You can declare “I am loving”!

Add to the list every day. What you think about expands. If you’re thinking good thought you have less time for the fear and doubt which cause pain and suffering.

Remember who you are! Sometimes when life gets tough we can get down on ourselves. Take a moment if you need to grieve or release that energy and replace it with love and light and get back to living a loving life that you create!

Celia Lambert, PhD is an Author, Speaker and Personal Growth Coach. Celia works with clients to improve many aspects of their lives specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, depression and relationship challenges. For more info visit: