5 Mantras for Cultivating Joy

5 Affirmations to Cultivate Joy

‘Tis the season for sharing joy with the world! In moments when we find bliss, shine our brightest light, and literally glow, we illuminate the way not only for ourselves, but for others.

While the holidays are a naturally cheerful time, with festive gatherings, twinkly lights, and superfood treats that had to have been stirred up by elves, joy is still something we must cultivate.

Sometimes, it comes effortlessly. We awaken before our alarms sound, wrap our hands around a warm mug, and savor the soft light of a newborn day expanding with possibility. Other times, it’s not so easy, and joy simply doesn’t feel like an attainable emotion in the immediate future. The to-do-list is dreadfully long. That call hasn’t come. Nagging, bullying thoughts tug.

But whatever situation you find yourself in, know that you have the power to create a fulfilling, beautiful joy—especially when you repeat a mantra that speaks authentically to your present state of being. Whether you feel calm and collected or tired and anxious, you’ll find a mantra here for you that’s worth repeating:

I am comfortable in my skin, in my mind, in my soul.

Joy and self-confidence go hand in hand. Embrace your unique beauty, voice, and energy with this confidence-boosting mantra. Believe it and be it.

I’m not falling, I’m about to soar.

Let go of fear. Give yourself the liberty to fail, the freedom to try, the courage to move and think boldly. Celebrate your upward spiral with these liberating words.

I have enough. I do enough. I am enough.

Instead of over-critiquing yourself, recognize that you are worthy. Once you’ve climbed into bed at the end of the day, connect to this mantra and acknowledge all that you are and the steps forward that you’ve made—even and especially if they’re baby steps.

I manifest miracles.

Take note of life’s many joys with this mantra. Whether it’s coding a new app or perfecting your handstand—when you spend an hour doing what you love and enter a state of flow—you manifest a miracle. When you shout at the top of your lungs that you love someone, you manifest a miracle. When you take a moment to notice fresh dewdrops on an intricate spider web, you manifest a miracle. Unveil the everyday magic.

I am light. I am love. I am energy.

Glow even brighter with these uplifting words, which serve as a reminder of your true essence and a testament to what really matters in life. When you’re radiant with compassionate energy, you embody the very definition of joy and are sure to pass it on to whoever’s lucky enough to come across your path.

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SOPHIE JAFFE is a Los Angeles-based health and wellness expert, who is certified as a raw food chef and yoga teacher. Sophie founded her company and wellness brand, Philosophie, with the goal of making it easier, more inspiring, and more delicious to attain optimal health and radiant wellness. When Sophie isn’t crafting revolutionary products from the world’s most potent superfoods, she is sharing her insights on how to live a life full of unbounded energy, bliss, and balance on the Philosophie blog and savoring every moment with her two beautiful children and loving husband.

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