I think joy snacking is a lovely concept. It's essentially putting small nuggets of happiness in your day to bring more joy to your life. You don't have to do anything huge. It can be an actual snack, listening to a song, watching a short video, looking at flowers - whatever brings you a brief moment of joy.
I was reminded of this while reading one of my many Washington Post newsletters. This newsletter now ends each issue with the contributors listing one of their recent joy snacks. It was a lovely little bit of happiness in a week of heavy news.
Joy snacking is something I do without thinking about it. I nibble on two pieces of chocolate after lunch in the office. I rock out to the theme song of Dungeons & Daddies every time it comes on. I take a deep inhale when we first light one of our scented candles. I hold my coffee mug with two hands to let the heat warm up my fingers. I go through the photos on my phone at the end of the day. None of these things takes more than five minutes, but those are five minutes of pure joy.
I think I'm going to find a few more intentional ways to add joy snacks to my life. It would be a fun way to end work projects or chores. A list of joy snacks would make for the perfect collection to add to my bullet journal. Making those pages would be a joy snack themselves!
What are your joy snacks?