The Joy Juice Factor

sunset magicAbout 30 years ago I studied the work of  Dr Irving Oyle. Dr. Oyle was an MD. He was one of the first physicians who parted company with the medical professions’ belief that illness was purely a physical phenomena.

Long before it had become a popular concept, Dr. Oyle spoke of the mind-body connection. He said that repetitive negative thoughts and emotions can be detrimental to our health. Further, he said that positive thoughts released positive chemicals in the body that led to enhanced health and well being.
Dr. Oyle left the medical profession and went on to speak about these concepts as early as 1978. He coined the phrase ‘Joy Juice‘ as the chemical release that accompanied happy thoughts and emotions. I thought the phrase so appropriate that I’ve used it ever since.

What is your joy juice factor?

  1. What do you really enjoy doing?
  2. What makes your heart sing?
  3. What nourishes your spirit?
  4. What replenishes your energy?
  5. What are you grateful for in your life?

I invite you to join me in this exploration. Using these questions as a guide, make a list of all the things that bring you pleasure and joy.

My short list includes:

  • Watching the sun set every evening
  • Going for a long slow swim in the afternoon
  • Reading books on everything from neuroscience to leadership
  • Driving cross country
  • Talking-story with my dearest friends
  • Sitting and just ‘being’ with family
  • Calling my mother for a chat
  • Sitting in a hot tub under the stars
  • Meditating

Screen Shot 2013-02-17 at 1.07.04 PMI could go on…. But what’s your Joy Juice list? Just hit the talking bubble at the bottom of this blog and let me hear your JJ list! And remember that Joy Juice is the secret to long life and well being so do something or some things that make you happy every day.



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