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JOYELY Ever after


How We Exist Together So That Everyone Benefits

The ocean is vast because it admits all rivers.
∼ Ancient Chinese Proverb

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
∼ Helen Keller

You’ve probably heard these wise words of wisdom before, but how much ground do they cover in reality? Do we celebrate individualism and encourage independence? And isn’t it better to work alone on projects so that other’s inputs don’t affect your freedom of expression?

Well, it’s not as simple as singles and plurals. We have to work alone, but also together. How does that work? It’s called interdependence; inter-collaboration. Think of it as the harmony in an orchestra. Each musician plays a different note on a different instrument; the violinist, the soloist, the cellist and a hundred more, all play together in synchronization. The result is a beautiful moving symphony where each member is important on their own and in the brilliant symphony as a whole. We might come from different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and upbringings, but we bring to the table new skills, unique experiences, and common ambitions- our differences are our strengths.

That is how we’re stronger together, we are all on the same boat, and in case that boat sinks, don’t worry, according to Stephen Hawking, teamwork means you don’t always have to take all the blame yourself. And on the reverse side, when the boat sails off into the wild blue yonder, you get to enjoy the company of all those who were by your side.

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give”
— Winston Churchill

There is compelling scientific research that supports the anecdotal evidence that making a habit out of giving is immensely rewarding, as much to the giver as to the receiver. One recent study used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs) to scan the brains of participants who were tasked with giving out money and found that the same parts of the brain that are usually stimulated by food and exercise, were also activated by these tasks. The released feel-good chemicals boost joy, life satisfaction, reduce stress, and more interestingly, give a sense of purpose.

This study of over 1,700 volunteers found that the participants experienced what they called a “helper’s high”, a euphoric feeling that was followed by a state of calm. Another groundbreaking study found that those who gave emotional support to their friends, family and neighbors, lived longer. Meanwhile, the same benefit was not found on the receiver’s lifespan. So, in what form does giving come? You don’t have to be rich to give or to make an impact. It can be as simple as giving someone your time and attention, listening to their problems and giving your tried-and-true advice.

Treating others with care and kindness. It is important to give with the mindset of selflessness, don’t expect anything in return, just give. You will be rewarded ten folds in the essence of joy, contentment and a higher sense of self-worth. But be genuine, as the German poet Johann Wolfgang Von-Goethe said:

“Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters.
This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.”

Giving to others helps us connect and relate. In return, it gives us a sense of togetherness, a sense that we are all in this together. The desire for connection is woven into our DNA as highly social human beings. People can connect and form communities not only geographically, but also virtually through social media. This shared space fosters inspiration, cooperation, growth and development on an influential scale. Since one member’s weakness might be another member’s strength, a community is mutually beneficial. When people collaborate, when people poolpour their individual powers, share their ideas and visions, they spark extraordinary creativity and passion in each other. Each member, like a puzzle piece, completes the bigger picture.

This “togetherness” nurtures an environment for learning and growing, for inspiring and getting
inspired, for supporting and getting supported, and it erases all the limits and boundaries that typically stand in the way of a one man show. It is indeed a safety net; however, it will drive you out of your comfort zone and onto a trip to reach new heights of your potential. As the popular saying goes, “United we stand, divided we fall”.

The plethora of benefits that people who come together and unite under a holistic and interconnected community such as JOYELY include:

  • A strong sense of belonging and self-worth
  • Insight, open-mindedness and empathy
  • Success that is measured by health and wealth metrics
  • Lower stress levels and higher self-esteem

The evidence abounds.
Harvard University recently published one scientific study titled “Good genes are nice, but joy is better” concludes, after eight decades of research, that ‘embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier’.

Another study by researchers at Brigham Young University confirmed this theory and even suggested that little social interaction might be even worse than a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. Miriam Simos, Author of Dreaming the Dark, wrote an emotive description of the community we can all benefit from:

“We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been — a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion

without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.”

Inscribed in the dome of the Federal Palace of Switzerland is a 200-year-old Latin motto “Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno”, One for all, and all for one. It describes a self-sustaining society that is nourished by altruism.

That is what the JOYLEY community is about. Self-sustained by the talents and dedication of its members and altruistic in its purpose and commitment. The ocean is vast because it admits all rivers. With this… With a JOYELY Lifestyle mindset, no current is too strong, and no wave is too high when we all stand tall on the shore, together, connecting to our inner joy, feeling the calm wash over each of us, so we can enjoy the beautiful sail to a higher state of Living JOYELY.

So, sit in your personal Chair of Joy™, synchronize your breathing with the waves, 6 seconds in, 6 seconds out. Gather up a few moments of joy and allow a sense of smile to come to your face, and let the laughter that is gurgling inside of you be the thing moves you into your next decision.

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