Step 2: Get a paper and write, write, write.
As you write down the joys of your life, start to recreate them. For example, as you write down the gnocchi you ate in Florence, Italy, close your eyes and imagine that gnocchi in Florence, Italy. Imagine the doughy goodness and who sat next to you and across from you and what they were wearing and the waiter's sing-songy voice and the chianti you drank a little too much of.
Be in the feeling.
Notice, you are now smiling. You may also now be hungry and craving gnocchi.
Notice how you feel. Is it joyful?
As you write down the song “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens on your joy list, get up and start singing. When you write down hip hop music, go play some and dance. Get up and dance alone. Or with your dog. Or with your kids. Just dance.
Step 3. Place your list where you can see it often.
Maybe on the fridge. Maybe stick it in your wallet. It doesn't matter. What matters is that you look at it and tattoo it in your mind.
What matters is that you add it to every day and all the time.
What matters is that you keep evolving and growing and adding to the list and remembering all the things that used to bring you joy and all the things that still bring you joy, so you can clearly see exactly what you are made of. Which ingredients. Which pieces of pizza and which songs.
What matters is when you have a bad day or get caught in traffic or get dumped or someone dies that you remember what your potential is. That you remember what is possible.
Step 4. Go live.
Go live your life with abandon and love and pizza and songs and good cups of coffee and yoga and poems and lazy days and dogs and hot sauce and all the things that bring you joy.
Add your Joy List below. Don't hold back!