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What is your JOY level?

At church last weekend, our Pastor asked, what I consider to be a very thought provoking question… On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, at what level would you rate your joy?

I had a number pop into my head immediately. Then he followed it up with “And why is it so low?” Wow, I was floored. That comment would seem to imply that most people rate their level of joy below a 5. Isn’t that a sad state of affairs?

The question really did intrigue me though, so I started asking people if they would mind sharing with me what they thought their joy level was. Out of about 25 people that I asked, all of them rated their joy above a 5, most above a 7. Interesting. That doesn’t seem low to me.

When I mentioned this to one of the people I asked, she said, “It’s because of who you hang around with. You tend to hang out with joyful people.” I suppose she has a valid point. Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (I actually wrote a blog about this in 2013. You can read it here.)

The other option could be that people weren’t being entirely honest with me. Most people want other people to think they are generally happy people. Of course, there are those who prefer to whine and complain all the time. I imagine those folks would rate themselves low on the joy scale.

I spoke with one person who, after explaining their high number to me, thanked me for asking them the question. How cool is that?

There was another person who never actually gave me a number but started talking about how they relate “joy” with “gratitude” and went on to tell me how grateful they are for everything in their life.

So, before I ask you to rate your level of joy, I thought I would provide the definition, from merriam-webster.com:
Simple Definition of joy
: a feeling of great happiness
: a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone
: success in doing, finding, or getting something

There you have it. Think about it for a minute or so. Remember, we all have spikes, high and low, but we should then come back to even. Here comes the big question…
On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, at what level would you rate your joy?

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*

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