Tapping for Joy

Life is short. We stay busy with work and errands and to-do lists. The days and weeks fly by. We may look up for a moment and notice a beautiful sunset. Or not.

Then we are stopped in our tracks by the passing of a loved one. And we remember… life is indeed short. For a moment we rethink our priorities and make a promise to ourselves to reach out more and enjoy life more while we’re still here.

Have you been through that scenario a time or two? I certainly have. And with the recent passing of a sweet friend and EFT colleague, Annabel Fisher, my commitment to enjoying life comes back. Annabel was an amazingly energetic and inspirational being who chose to live her life on purpose. Her motto: “Grab life with both hands.”

In honor of Annabel, I have been including a few rounds of “tapping for joy” in my daily tapping routine. It has helped me remember what brings me joy so I can incorporate that into my day. And the more I do that the happier I am, even when I have to work and do errands and complete the to-do list.

What if we can be the creators of our own happiness? Curious about that? Want to try a little experiment? Here’s a quick example of how we can tap for joy. (Follow the Basic Recipe tapping points and statements and change up my words when you get inspired with your own. It’s all good!)

Side of the Hand: Even though sometimes I forget what brings me joy, I am open to remembering some of those things now.
Even though most days I get so busy, and things seem out of control, in this moment I’m actually ok and I can choose to find joy and happiness right now.
Even though I don’t feel like I have time to stop, (even for a second!), maybe I can choose to take time to stop anyway to think about what brings me joy.

Top of the Head: I don’t have time for this.
Eyebrow: I don’t even know what to say right now.
Side of the Eye: I’d like to bring more joy into my life, but I don’t know how.
Under the Eye: Maybe if I keep tapping and asking myself, I’ll think of things.
Under the Nose: I’m open to knowing and allowing joy in my life.
Under the Mouth: It feels safe to be happy and joyful right now.
Collarbone: I’m open to remembering what brings me joy.
Under the Arm: And it doesn’t have to be big.

Top of the Head: It can be the little things, too.
Eyebrow: Like stopping for a minute to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Side of the Eye: Or listening to music that I love.
Under the Eye: Or looking at a picture of my family.
Under the Nose: Or enjoying a walk in the woods or on the beach.
Under the Mouth: I’m open to allowing more things that bring me joy.
Collarbone: And I’m thankful for what makes me happy.
Under the Arm: It feels great to be tapping for joy.

Take a calming breath and see what tapping brings up for you. As you think of people, places, or things that make you happy, write them down so you can look at this list whenever you need a little reminder of how to bring more joy into your life.

As a bonus, when you are happy and joyful, people around you can feel that, and it makes them feel better too! Tapping for Joy is being of service both to yourself and everyone around you.

Life is short. Tap now and enjoy each moment.

Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.