What is a joyful life?

“A joyful life is living in a state where you realize that everything valuable is in the offering and not in the receiving. Where you realize that you came to this life to offer something, and in the offering you receive joy.” - Tadayoshi Inoue

I have thought about this question a lot over the last fifty-one years of life. What I know today is that a joyful life is a state of being. It is being grateful, loving, understanding and compassionate because it simply feels better to offer these instead of offering hate, spite, revenge or anger. It is a kind of spiritual and emotional intelligence that we all must practice in order to get good at.

A joyful life is the result of a certain kind of wisdom that many do not want. It is a wisdom that knows that “what I offer I receive.” How I show up each moment defines me in those moments, and there is a deep desire to resinate with my highest ideals. It is a way of living that is equal to our highest self. 

Joyful lives can have money, accomplishments and lots of nice things, but they aren’t required. The only thing that is required is our participation in being grateful for all that is before us. What is required is to intentionally look towards love, compassion and understanding. What is required is to allow love, gratitude and joy to dominate your attention and your intentions. 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. And so are each one of you. 

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.