A Sparkling Vintage Life

J is for “Joie de vivre”

Some people have a natural joie de vivre. My mom was one of them.

Have you ever experienced joie de vivre? It means “joy of life” in French–that sheer thrill of being alive. Maybe you’ve felt it while sharing a good laugh with friends, or watching your child play, or catching sight of a particularly beautiful rainbow or sunset. You might feel it upon completing a looming task or responsibility, or achieving some other goal, large or small–maybe one that matters only to you. Joie de vivre can be fleeting, or it can be an attitude with which some upbeat souls approach life every day.

Synonyms for joie de vivre include joyfulness, cheerfulness, cheeriness, lightheartedness, happiness, joy, gaiety, high spirits, elan, joviality, exuberance, ebullience, liveliness, vivacity, verve, effervescence, buoyancy, and zest.

What can you today to add to your joie de vivre?

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