The following is a pared-down version (for space concerns) of an essay "8 Secrets to Free Your Spirit and Find Joy" by Deepak Chopra.
Joy is a divine quality of our true self, which is inherently lighthearted, playful, and free. You can see the full expression of this joy in young children who haven’t learned to worry or take themselves too seriously. They play and laugh freely, finding wonder in the smallest things. They are infinitely creative because they haven’t yet built up the layers of conditioning that create limitations and restrictions. They are in touch with their intuition, which is a form of intelligence that goes beyond the rational mind. Far from being superficial or trivial, joy is an experience of our deepest spiritual nature.
The path to joy is a return to wholeness...If you want to cultivate more joy, creativity, and love in your life, the principles that follow will help you shift your internal reference point from the limitations of the ego-mind to the freedom of spirit.
Laughter Is the Healthiest Response to LifeWhile we all experience loss and sorrow, in the end, joy and laughter dispel suffering like so much smoke and dust.
There Is Always a Reason to Be Grateful
The purpose of gratitude is to connect yourself to a higher vision of life. You have the power to choose where you focus your attention, and whatever you focus on will grow in your experience.
Your Soul Cherishes Every Aspect of Your Life
Your worth is absolute, and everything that happens to you—whether it feels good at the time or not—is part of a divine plan unfolding from the level of the soul.
Your Life Has a PurposeEven when you feel lost or confused, your life has a purpose. You determine that purpose at the soul level, and then that purpose unfolds in daily life as part of the divine plan.
You Are SafeMany people live in a state of chronic anxiety, feeling isolated and threatened by all the potential threats of modern life. While fear feels very real, our true self can never be hurt or threatened. Tcan truly threaten us ..You can gradually begin to let go of unhealthy fear by questioning your thoughts and opening your awareness.
Obstacles Are Opportunities in DisguiseObstacles are signals our true self sends us to let us know that we need to change directions or take a new tack. If your mind is open, it will perceive the next opportunity to do so.
You Are a Co-Creator with the UniverseYou are a co-creator with the universe and infinite energy is available to you. To claim your creative power, you need only connect with the primal energies that play within you.
On the path to joy, we proceed to subtler and subtler realms of the mind, and with each step, new levels of energy become available. At the highest levels of consciousness, all energy becomes available. At that point, all of your wishes and desires are in alignment with the universe, God, or spirit. You are able to create with effortless ease and you experience the spontaneous fulfillment of your desires.