Does your joy show through? We’re not talking about “holiday spirit” here. And no amount of tinsel and trappings can save you if you’ve lost or misplaced it.
“Joy” is a big part of what directs our choices to start a business, live in a particular location, or help in our communities. Granted, the other part may have been necessity or desperation -- that’s true for a lot of us -- but those two triggers often push us to seek out our joy and put it to work.
Joy may be a hobby that we can put to use to help the family budget, a little as a sideline or a lot as a full-blown business. Joy may be where we live, and showing others what a wonderful place it truly is. Or maybe joy is a community service or activity that makes our little corner of the world that much better.
If you’re into motivational reading or videos, another buzzword for “joy” is “passion.” Sure, passion -- strong and barely controllable emotion -- helps to motivate self-discipline and all of those other “have to’s” that go into things that require work. It’s a part of what’s needed for success, but there needs to be more.
Successful ventures need joy -- a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Joy is a contagious feeling that, when shared with our customers, visitors, and/or community, makes people want to come back for more.
A telling aspect of the study is that fully half of the six points explored relate to consumer feelings, not simply demographics or other hard data.
We often go out of our ways to reconnect with venues where we had a good experiences. We go back knowing we’ll get what we’re looking for -- item and/or experience -- and wanting to feel that joy again. And we’ll bet you do, too.
So … where is your joy? And how do you share it?
Annette & Kate
If it involves small towns, rural, business or people, we write about it. Both the good and the bad. Part of our passion is helping you be the best you can be.