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Ep. 4: Count it all Joy (Part 3)

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Today we continue reading from Christian D. Larson and get some more insights into how all things that happen in our life can be an opportunity for experiencing joy. Even moments of adversity and hardship and disappointment can lead us to greater experiences of joy if we know where to look and what to do. We are the masters of our own joyful living.

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Ep. 3: Count it all Joy (Part 2)

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There was just too much good stuff in Christian D. Larson’s book that I couldn’t contain it all in one episode so I made three! So we continue to read and discuss more ways to train ourselves to count all things joy. In this discussion we learn how to see every occasion and relationship as an opportunity for experiencing joy and bringing in more light and love into our own lives and thus making it possible for us bring more joy, light and love to others and into the world.

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Ep. 2: Count it all JOY

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This is the first of a three part episode where I read from and share my insights and understandings from the book “The Ideal Made Real” by Christian D. Larson. All of our experiences no matter what they may be can truly be joyful if we train ourselves to Count it all Joy.

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Ep. 1: A Cup of Joy Intro

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Welcome to A Cup of Joy. I’m so grateful to have you sipping along with me. This episode is just a bit of an introduction into why I’m creating this podcast and what it’s all about. I will be speaking from my own experience and bringing others along with me through discussion and reading from books to share of our real raw life experiences in joyful living.

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Find Joy in Nature – Why You Should Spend More Time Outside

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I believe that this earth was created by a loving and joyous God who wants us, his ultimate creation of joy, to be able to enjoy our experience here; to find joy in nature. He made it beautiful no matter where you are. All you have to do is take the time to step out and notice. As you do so, you will feel His love and caring for you, and you will learn what you are meant to know about yourself, and your place and purpose here on this earth. Plus, your body needs to spend time outside: While…

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Music Makes You Smarter, Happier and More Productive

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Music affects the human brain in many positive ways. In fact, recent research into brain structure and function shows that music makes you smarter, happier, and more productive – at any age. Listening to music is good for you; playing music is even better. “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” – Martin Luther If laughter really is the best medicine, then perhaps music is the best therapy for a troubled soul. As I explain in my…

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Laughter Really is the Best Medicine: For Physical, Mental, and Social Health

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Remember, you are joy. You are not guilt, trouble, despair, pain, or frustration. On the other hand, laughter helps reduce conflict and confusion in life, overcoming those negative emotions, and brings great joy. You’ve heard the title phrase before, “Laughter is the best medicine.” It’s become a cliché – but only because it’s true. Multiple studies and research have shown that laughter can boost your immune system, decrease physical pain, lower stress hormones, relax your muscles, and improve the function and blood flow of your vessels to help prevent heart disease. It can ease anxiety and fear, improve your mood,…

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Kindness and Joy: Searching for the Missing Link

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When watching television or movies today, and even when listening to contemporary music, the same question repeats itself in my mind: Whatever happened to kindness? Our politicians are hateful to each other, as are those whose job it is to report on them. Sitcom housewives belittle their husbands as a way to “entertain” us, while movie “comedies” do nothing but make fun of others, often at the expense of those who are less fortunate. The music world is filed with hateful, racial attacks, and even their awards show is being hailed for “finally” coming up with a high-value category with…

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Keeping a Journal: Why You Should Record Your Ride Through Life

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One of the more frustrating aspects of parenthood is the realization that your kids are usually resistant to learning from your life experiences. No matter how many times you may say to them, “Been there. Done that. Here’s what I learned,” they continue to think you could never understand what they’re experiencing and feeling. Keeping a journal can help with this. Then again, we have all been guilty of ignoring our own lessons learned, haven’t we? I’m sure that, like me, you’ve thought to yourself, “When will I learn NOT to do that, again?” Or, “When will I learn NOT…

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Imagination and Joy – Imagine It Until You Live It!

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“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.” – Mark Twain Imagine… Being productive at a job you love. Are you able to visualize that job? Can you conceive of what it might be? Does it help others to live a better life? Will it provide for you and your family? Would you continue to enjoy it, year after year? Imagine… Loving your perfect mate. Can you define the values that you share with your partner? Does being there for another, in good times and bad, feel right to you? Would you be able to love him or her, year after…

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