Oh, JOY!

Oh, Joy!

What brings you joy?

The Oxford American College Dictionary defines joy as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness”.
Synonyms for joy include: jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, glee, exhilaration, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, rapture, enjoyment, felicity, joie de vivre, jouissance, thrill, delight, pleasure, merriment, thrill…

What brings YOU joy?

Is it the sound of rain against an umbrella? The feel of grass between your toes? A good grade on an essay? A kind word from a friend? Seeing the rainbow after a storm?

Authors must connect their readers with the intense emotion of the character. Connecting with YOUR emotion will help you learn how to do this.


Today, you will connect to emotion by making a list of 50-100 things that bring you JOY. Perhaps you can come up with more than 100 things. And even better, perhaps an item on this list will inspire a story.

Here is the beginning of my list.

Things That Bring Me Joy

  • the smiles and laughter of my daughters
  • the feel of the warm sun on my face
  • the sound of rain against the window
  • splashing in puddles
  • watching my daughter dance
  • my husband’s voice
  • memories of my Grandmother calling my name
  • tasting homemade spaghetti sauce as it cooks on the stove
  • the sound of birds and leaves crunching under my feet as I walk in the forest
  • the taste of coffee in the morning, the feel of the warm cup in my hands
  • a finished manuscript
  • Santa Claus
  • old Christmas music
  • photography
  • writing
  • walking through an art museum

I could go on and on. When making my list, I thought about hobbies, family, and activities that stimulated the senses. Thinking about spaghetti reminded me of a children’s story I want to write called, “The Tasting Spoon”.

Now it’s your turn to make a list of things that bring you joy.


In the comment section below, share your first name, age, state, and country. How many items did you get on your list? What are a few things that bring you joy? Do any of these items inspire a story idea?

headshot smallMichelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a teacher and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.