A person experiencing difficult and challenging life situations won’t be happy. But he can still choose to say and do many things that will enable him to experience moments of joy. For example, a person who just lost his job isn’t happy about it. He has a mortgage and is worried about how he will make the payments. But while he is thinking about what he can do to support his family and make the payments, he can still take actions that will be a source of meaningful joy. He can help a young child cross a busy street, or he can encourage someone who needs an emotional lift.
When a person makes a blessing before and after eating, he can be joyful that he is connecting with the Infinite and Eternal. He will still need to find solutions to his problems, but the moment of joy will put him in a better frame of mind for thinking more clearly.
((Life is Now: Creating moments of joy, courage, kindness, and serenity, p. 87))