Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J is to joie de vivre

Joie de vivre (French pronunciation: [ʒwa də vivʁ]joy of living) is a French phrase often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit. Joie de vivre

joie de vivrenounif there is one symbol that represents French society and its joie de vivre, it is theParis caféjoyfulnesscheerfulnesscheerinesslightheartedness,happinessjoygaietyhigh spiritsélanjollityjovialityexuberance,ebulliencelivelinessvivacityverveeffervescencebuoyancyzest,zestfulnessinformal pepzingliterary blitheness. ANTONYMS sobriety,depression.
I first heard this phrase not too long ago and fell in love. Those French- always so clever with their abstract concepts-turned phrases. Then I thought about it. Why don't Americans have a translatable phrase for this? Oh that's right, because the American way is to live to work, not work to live.

Right now I can't say I'm much different, stuck balancing all these different identities in my life like many others. (Why do we create so many identities for ourselves? That's a whole other topic).

But it seems so obvious: the joy of living. How often do we fall ill and pronounce life-altering changes like, "when I feel better I'm going to be on top of the world..." and then end up reverting back to our old, over-consumed, preoccupied, stressed ways?

I know I can be guilty of this. Which is why I made one of my life-resolutions to start enjoying more, stressing less. After all, our life is composed of many "too beautiful a day not to share it with the flowers".

How often do you genuinely feel joie de vivre?

**And thank you everyone who sent well-wishes for my friend. She was just released from the hospital and sends her thanks as well!*


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