Do you ever jump for joy?
When we receive news that makes us feel extremely happy, we feel a wonderful sensation in our bodies. Our faces smile, our heart feels lighter, we feel a sense of achievement. But as adults, we rarely allow that joy to translate into a physical expression of joy: we do not jump, we do not dance – though we may scream out out emotions.
Children represent accurately the expression “jump for joy”. When they experience happiness, they literally do jump. Looking at the body language, you can see what it is they are feeling inside: it spills out from them, infecting those around them. Tell a class of six year olds something that will make them happy, and you have many shouts of “yahoo” and many little bodies expressing their happiness through jumping.
Why do adults restrict their own joy? They are capable of it and I have seen joyful expressions when a favourite sports team have won. (I remember seeing grown men jump for joy when South Africa won the Rugby world cup in 1998). We should tear off the constraints society has placed on us, and express our inner joy. We should dance with joy as David did when he entered the city of Jerusalem in a procession carrying the Ark of the Covenant.
Do you jump for joy? I do not, but I do try to express my joy so that others can see it. Having children has helped me to express my inner feelings.
How do you express your joy?
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Jump)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013