It is hard to stay positive with all the badness and sadness in the world. There is always something to be upset about at the micro and macro-levels of life: from a fight with a friend to a frustrating day at work to worrying about the debt ceiling and the economy.
To be honest, I don't always live up to my namesake of Joy, but I am trying. I have "Be Joyful" written on a note in my wallet, but some days I am still more like a little ball of hate (which I like to refer to as LBOH) instead of a little bit of joy (LBOJ).
I have found that the best way to deal with a tough times is to try and focus on the joyful bits and try and forget the rest.
Here are some of my joyful moments from the past couple days:
A perfect cup of coffee
Time left in the parking meter
A beautiful day to go to the library
A beautiful, accessible library
A great quote in my page-a-day calendar
What little bits of joy have made you happy lately?