Joy – a small word but it punches with impact... it’s an understated word that doesn’t receive the attention it should in our daily lives.Joy –what does the word joy even mean…according to the magic of google “joy is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.”

In that case, joy is a key to unlocking our path on the journey to becoming a whole healthy person. We need to have joy in ourselves to ensure that we are on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.Joy helps us boost our immune system, gives us energy to fight stress and pain and helps us to live a longer healthier life.

If this is the case, then why are we not all jumping for joy.

Joy stimulates the release of feel good hormones, then it makes sense that if we constantly stressing about our body image and food, then our bodies are constantly in a state of stress and won’t heal and we will not achieve joy in our lives.

How can this small word be so pivotal, to the thing we all strive for but so hard to achieve?

Until we start to accept who we are and how we are, it’s not all going to click into place.

Joy is up to us, it can’t be found in a bottle or magic quick fix potion, we need to do this for ourselves. We need to start empowering ourselves…acknowledge our worth, stop comparing to others, turn those negative Nancy’s into positive vibes and start to appreciate the small things we have in our lives to make us truly joyful.

Don’t confuse joy with happiness…. joy comes to you when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are, where happiness tends to be triggered externally and often by other people, places and events.

Over the coming weeks we are going to explore the 12 things that will help us on the journey of empowering ourselves to living our best lives…