December 21, 2016: TGIW: Unhumping Hump Day...Joy Research -

December 21, 2016: TGIW: Unhumping Hump Day…Joy Research

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Dec 21

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” –Henri J. M. Nouwen​​

We all know how this time of year is “supposed to” be.

I’m not saying it isn’t.

Yet, what if we discovered what “joy” is for ourselves this year (and in the year to come) vs. whatever pictures or already-ingrained-perceptions of it that we have?

Some may be experiencing this season without the loved one they had.  Others may be in the most challenging times of their lives.  Many may be simply riding the wave of the collective-spirit high.

Regardless of your current state, as my holiday gift to you, here is a helpful pocketlist of various thoughts on “joy” so that you might use this season as a research project (rather than already know) what joy can be for wherever you are now.

Keep it close, share it with others…and discover your own relationship to joy.

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” –Marianne Williamson

“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” –Helen Keller

“Joy is untouched by circumstance.” –Unknown

“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” –Brene Brown

“Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God.” –Robert Schuller

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

“Consider it all joy.” –James 1:2

“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.” –Eckhart Tolle

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive you will see it.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

“Remember that your natural state is joy.” –Wayne Dyer

“Life is hard. Choose joy anyway.” –Unknown

“A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.” –English Proverb

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” –Mark Twain

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” –Rabindranath Tagore

“If you can’t find joy in the path you are on and what you are working toward now, how do you expect to find joy once you get there?” –Unknown

“When you choose joy you feel good. When you feel good, you do good and when you do good it reminds others of what joy feels like and it just might inspire them to do the same.” –Unknown

“We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try.” –Roger Ebert

Got joy research?

“…Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all.” –Robert Louis Stevenson​​​

About the Author

DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.