Jump for Joy

Jump for Joy
Jump for Joy (Photo credit: Scott Ableman)

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

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40 thoughts on “Jump for Joy

  1. well i exclaim, and dance about, i definitely feel more energy and life when i connect with joy! our three year old has been singing “dancing face” which creates quite a bit joy, and makes us laugh … thanks for an inspiring post colline 🙂

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  2. I am not ashamed to admit that I do jump for joy! I have always been an expressive person who not only uses her words but her whole body (might be my Italian heritage on my mom’s side- I cannot speak without using my hands!)

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  3. I find that its true, alot of people many times afraid to show joy around others. Its too easy to go around with the “same shit different day” attitude, keeping what ever makes us happy to ourselves. We should learn from children and “jump for joy!” as you said in your blog when the occasion calls for it! I can’t say that I should crazy displays of jumping for joy in public but I have danced the happy dance on occasion! Great blog!

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  4. I agree that it’s the worries of this world that choke out the joy for me, so thanks for sharing this. I will practice as even recently I passed on an opportunity to literally jump for joy, my daughter and husband accepted the challenge and now have a photo of it which brings a smile to my face.

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  5. Dear Coline
    I am a South African and we are a jumping bunch!! We are a quite expressive people and most of us are rugby fanatics! I have found that most Western coutries, especially the Europeans, are quite reserved.
    Much love
    Mia

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    1. Most but not all are Rugby fanatics (myself, I do not enjoy the sport). However, I have always had family family who are – and seeing their winning team win is the only time they ever jump for joy! 🙂

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  6. Beautiful post once again Colline and if I have to jump for joy, I’d sprain the few working muscles that never knew they existed. LOL! My face is an open book and shows all my emotions, sometimes not so good. 🙂

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      1. Oh, I would lose permanently Colline. I think that is the main reason why I do not like to socialise. People can immediately see what I am thinking, that is if my mouth is not first in the run. LOL!

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  7. Great question. I’m more of a dancer, not a jumper. And while I don’t jump for joy in the literal sense, I usually just smile real big, laugh a lot, and blog about it, of course. I think that however we express our joy for the world to see is awesome and wonderful. Thanks for encouraging us to do just that. Glad I stopped by from FMF.

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    1. I would join you right there with the dancing – I find it is a wonderful way to express joy and happiness too. I love that you express your joy for everyone to see 🙂

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  8. When I am happy I laugh a lot. People say when they hear it, it makes them laugh as well. When I am really happy I do a happy dance that embarrasses my grandchildren, because I can’t dance. No rhythm. 🙂

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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    1. That is not a problem as long as you acknowledge that I wrote these words. It would fit in well with the joy you are showing on your own blog. Let me know when you post.

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