I’m human for each and every day of each and every year of my life—never anything else. So how do I choose to be human?

To help answer that question we might ask another question: How do I feel about my life?

I don’t have many words that I’ve used for an answer to that question. I’ve experimented with a few such as fulfilled or purposefulor meaningful.

But, the one word I’ve come back to, over and over, through many years, is the word joy. For me, joy has been like an old boomerang that’s hard to throw away—it just keeps coming back!

Now, you may be thinking, “But, Landon, you’ve spoken of joy many, many times. Do you really think you need to say it again?” I do, and here’s why:

Studies have shown that it takes anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit or an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic.

Joy is not an easy word to define. It’s better to take note of how it occurs, when it occurs. Joy occurs when what is most real inside you connects with what is most real in any activity or relationship. That is where a deep sense of trueness is felt.

Joy invites us to feel true about our life, to believe true, to talk true, to love true. (That may not have been said with grammatical beauty, but you get my drift.) Joy moves me along on these tracks of genuineness better than any other word I can think of and away from tracks of pretension, falseness, and fakery.

So, let’s keep saying and thinking this for at least 66 days! The presence of joy is surely worth the effort. And I’ll try my best not to let us forget it!