Reclaim Joy

Reclaim Joy

December 13, 2015

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
-JRR Tolkien

  Sometimes "fake it till you make it " can even apply in times when you would least expect.  The holiday season can sometimes be a divided time of Joy and Despair.  The deep waters of childhoods good or bad, the mixed messages of long avoided family feuds, the sense of needing to create "Christmas spirit" when it feels derived, Michigan lack of sunshine weather, and not to mention the endless stream of empty marketing messages that leave you feeling ultimately unfulfilled (we hope to never fall into this category!:)  

  All that being said, sometimes the "fake" feeling we sense is not a red flag but a compass reading of "true north", as in maybe we should be willing to question why we would feel that it is contrived and not natural to be joyful.  I would go as far as saying we even sabotage our own efforts at experiencing Joy in the most simple things because we feel the solution is something very sophisticated and involved. 
  While running the risk of sounding cliché, maybe kids un jaded, and innocent approach to life is actually to be re-learned by the most adventurous of adults.  Try some very simple and easy methods to reclaim your season and avoid the "Bah Humbug Sickness"  

Here are some great ideas to bring up your energy level as well as your sense of happiness with life

-get plenty of rest
-exercise daily
-drink LOTS of water
-eat high energy foods
-eat un processed foods
-take a good multi vitamin (include Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
-feed your brain
-maintain a positive attitude
-watch your mouth (what comes out effects you on a deeper level than what goes in and is easier to overlook)
-avoid energy depleting people
-try looking for opportunities to make another individuals day better big or small and "just do it" (it takes you out of your mini series and places you into a full length film with other characters)
-connect with God (wherever you are at spiritually or what your personal beliefs may be, gaining an external and objective perspective of yourself, your life, and your story, will allow you to see things in life in a new and most likely improved lens)

  We hope to be able to contribute our little part to help you achieve a new, more beautiful, and fulfilling life each week.  Ultimately you are the missing ingredient in your own life to change your perspective and be a blessing to those around you.
  ~Chef Chris and Jennya Hammack