Being in a state of joy isn’t something you’re born with. It’s a learned skill, according to psychotherapist Donald Altman, MA, LPC, in his new book The Joy Compass: 8 Ways to Find Lasting Happiness, Gratitude & Optimism in the Present Moment.
We don’t access joy by focusing on external factors. We access real, genuine joy from the inside by using what Altman calls our “personal joy compass.” Altman describes a joy compass as “an internal, portable navigational guide activated through moment-to-moment awareness.”
Here are three wonderful ways from Altman’s uplifting book to steer your joy compass in the right direction.