Joy is a term we are all used to hearing. When I think of joy I think of that person that lights up a room, that has an infectious smile, that person that makes you feel better after just being around them, that person who is endlessly optimistic and more than generous. Yet, we live in a society that squashes joy, a society that encourages comparisons, that values money over contentment, that constantly reminds us of the sad and horrible things going on in the world. So how do we find joy when things don’t feel joyous, when pessimism is the voice of society, and sadness preys around us. So let’s explore what joy versus happiness is, examples of how we can choose joy everyday, and how we can spread joy, particularly this holiday season.
There is nothing quite like fall. The smell of PSL’s (Pumpkin Spice Lattes) in the air, the sound of walking on crisp leaves, the chill that touches your skin, the sweaters, the boots, the pumpkins, the fall festivals, the movies and decorations. I mean what is there not to love about fall? I am lucky to live in Tennessee, where fall happens to be beautiful! When fall comes, everything is coated in an array of colors from golden yellows, burnt orange, and deep reds. The landscape is vivid and bold and the temperature is cool and crisp. Here are just a few of some of my favorite fall things from fall movies, to activities, to clothing and food. This post is guaranteed to get you in the mood for all things fall!
There is nothing like fall in The Great Smoky Mountains. The weather is crisp and the leaves are extraordinary. Check out some of my favorite things to do in the fall in the Smokies and some helpful tips for your big trip.