Joy as medicine is about intentionally connecting to what it is to feel good.
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Instead of searching, we can actively practice joy.
We don’t have to wait for something or someone or someday or some product to come along to bring us joy. We can intentionally practice recognizing and choosing ways to help ourselves feel better each and every day. Just as exercising a muscle makes it stronger, the more we practice connecting to joy the more accessible it becomes.
An intentional practice of joy can help us to be more resilient, to rise to the challenges we face, to find our inner strength, and to grow and become more than we were before.
When facing a health challenge, the practice of joy is especially important because there is a lot of evidence that shows how stress, disconnection and social isolation lead to worse outcomes of all sorts of illnesses – things like cancer, and heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.
Chronic stress, disconnection, and isolation can be like poison to the body. And reconnecting to joy is like an antidote. When we practice connecting to joy, we can shift the biochemistry in our bodies to better support wellness and healing.
Connecting to our sense of aliveness is something we each have the capacity to access. And when we are connected to our sense of aliveness and joy, we are better able to bring greater joy into the world.
I hope you enjoy this special Joy as Medicine audio program.
Yours in Wellness,
Joanna Garritano, MD