Stress Relief Tool – Create Your Joy List

Having a stressful day? This technique can help get you back into alignment.

We’ve all had those days we just want to forget. Nothing seemed to go right, and the more we stressed about things, the more things snowballed—am I right? It’s easy in those situations to get down, so this is an easy and fun tip to get your mindset back on a positive track.

Create a list of what your sources of happiness and joy are; have as many resources to draw on as you possibly can. Your list is unique to you, there is no right or wrong way to feel joy: pictures, songs, nature, comedy, you name it. Whatever works for you.1 My list includes watching movies with my wife, hiking, attending/watching San Jose Sharks games with my kids, and petting my cat. It also includes the sound of whoopee cushions, funny jokes, favorite music, and connecting with my friends. I could go on, but you get the point: your list can have anything on it that makes you smile.

Your sources of joy will bring you back into alignment whenever you’ve strayed from your path and don’t feel good. If you take a picture of your list on your phone, you can easily reflect on the list for just one minute when times are tough – and it will help your stress level come down in the process.


  1. Madill, E. – Why Loving Your Life Is Easier Than You May Think

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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