Discover Joy by Choosing Joy – no matter your circumstances

If you haven’t heard, the fabulous Day of Joy Summit is happening Wednesday, June 28, from 10:45 am until 2:45 pm, EDT. The speakers are all extraordinary, with great talks and each offering multiple opportunities to win gifts.

You will not want to miss this exceptional event. To help celebrate, Author Louise Pistole has joined me today to share how her life has been impacted by JOY.                                                          

Thank you, Heidi, for inviting me to be a part of your reader family. I’m excited about the Day of Joy Summit and invite everyone to participate.

But first, here is a little of my history.  I was divorced, living alone, and working long hours in a stressful career.  I spent time each day writing in my journals but it was mostly from a victim’s standpoint.

Somewhere about 2010, I had a joyful awakening when my minister talked about joy and the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 that reads, “Be joyful always.”

His message tugged at my heartstrings and sent me on a quest to read and study more about joy. My journaling made a turnaround and I began writing from a more joyful attitude.

Finally, in April of 2021, I released a book, Discover Your Joy.* It is a daily inspirational book which was built off my study of joy and my journals.

Today, I spend my time writing and speaking to women’s groups about finding the true meaning of joy in their lives. We all need hope to find our way out of the darkness to joy and light.

Back to our Day of Joy

I’ve made quite a few joyful friends during my travels so I’ve gotten everyone together to share with you our Day of Joy. Each speaker will approach the topic differently and have unique information to share.

I’ll be hosting the event and sharing some of my thoughts on joy. Also, I know you’ll love hearing from these special friends and their topics.

Be sure to register for the Day of Joy event even if you cannot attend live. The replay will be available on You Tube.  We will be giving away prizes during the event and winners will be chosen from the registered attendees even if they are not on live. At the end of the day, we will be sending digital gifts from some of the speakers to everyone on the registration list.

What is Joy?

People often find it difficult to actually define joy. My version is joy is an emotion of feeling satisfied and content no matter what your circumstances are. I believe true joy comes from our belief and faith in a higher being.

Joy is often confused with happiness. But happiness is more of a momentary feeling such as having an ice cream cone. I do think happiness is a building block that if sustained for a period of time could lead to joy.

One of the quotes from my book is, “Gratitude is your pathway to joy.” As you express more gratitude in your life, the more joyful you will feel. Gratitude is just one of many ways to build up your joy.

During our event on June 28, you’ll get to hear the other speakers share their thoughts on joy.

Jan Luther – Joy after the Mourning 
Yvette Babs Walker – Joy is not a feeling; it’s faith
Jeanette Fondren – Finding Joy at the Mercy House
Andria Gaskins – Grace, Grit and Gratitude
Jean Voice Dart – Claiming Joy With Creative Courage
Cindy Brockway – Stumbling on Happiness
Heidi Gray McGill – Seeing Joy in the Details

Benefits of Joy

Besides just feeling content, there are some other benefits to living a joyful life.

A joyful heart helps to fight stress and anxiety. You’ve put in place a regimen of positivity to help overcome the challenges of life.

Being joyful has a way of encouraging you to eat healthier, get more exercise, and develop good habits.

Studies show that joy can help fight diseases, help you live longer, and protect your heart.

With so many amazing benefits to joyful living, I hope you’ll listen to our speakers and let them encourage you on your journey to joy.


You often hear the phrase, “Choose Joy.” While it’s a catchy phrase, it’s actually realistic. We must intentionally make an effort to choose joy every day. That positive reinforcement into our minds keeps the joy alive in our hearts.

I look forward to seeing you on June 28th.

As Louise navigated her own difficult valleys in life, she emerged with a strong message of joy to share with other women. Her inspiration comes alive with real-life stories of hope, love, and faith in her daily inspirational book, Discover Your Joy.

Where to follow Louise
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Published by Author Heidi Gray McGill

Heidi and her husband of over thirty years live in South Carolina. Besides writing Christian fiction with relatable characters in life-changing stories, Heidi relishes time with family and friends. She enjoys scrapbooking, playing games, traveling, and building bridges with her grandsons that must fall with a loud crash and usually involve a monster truck.

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