J Is For Jolly

And also for jocular, jocund, jovial – all having a similar meaning.  J is also for joy.  And J is for jelly…I like J words.

Charles Dickens once wrote ‘there might be some credit in being jolly’.  (The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, chapter 5).  How right he was.

Having a jolly disposition changes the way we see life.  It changes the way we respond to the things around us, both good and bad.  We have a choice about whether we approach things with a jolly attitude or not.  Choosing to be jolly is good for your soul, and things won’t drag you down so much.  Limitations only live in our mind, we are strong enough to choose our attitude towards everything.  We receive back what we put out.

If we only realised how powerful our thoughts and attitude are we would never be negative, never have a negative thought, we would control those times when we just don’t feel like being jolly.

Keep your feet on the ground, your thoughts at lofty heights, and always be jolly.

Enjoy the journey!


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  1. Hi Mandy,
    You are certainly jolly! LOVE your disposition.. always puts a smile on :-). I’m jolly .. recently I was dancing around my kitchen and my son said “Stop it .. ” I guess I was embarrassing him .. but I’ll do that .. just break out in dance… LOL and be in a fun mood. Love Charles Dickens… 🙂
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    1. Hi Lesly, thanks for visiting. I have always had a jolly disposition, it’s a gift I love and am very thankful for.

      Enjoy the journey!

  2. Hi Mandy,

    Jolly is one of my favorite words. Since I was a kid, I’ve used it and still do. It is a word that is not used much, but to me it carries not only joy, but wonder.

    If we have a jolly personality, we spread joy to others….when things seem to go wrong, we just shrug it off our shoulders.

    It is all about having a happy soul.

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    1. Hi Donna, thanks for visiting. You are right, it isn’t useed so much now. I love old words and try to use them frequently.

      Enjoy the journey!

  3. Hi Mandy

    The first time I came across being Jolly. I remember being astounded by such word and how it made so impact. I do agree that a jolly personality is a so contagious. It spreads warmth to others.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    1. Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. I love the word jolly although it isn’t used as much these days. I love old words and use them frequently.

      Enjoy the journey!

  4. Jolly is a Human attribute and many have to fight for it, others have it naturally. The fighting ones have many wounds which complicate being jolly, but definitely not impossible.
    Jolly for me was when I was a child…simple and no complications. If someone was mean, you just stayed away and thought man they are not happy people.

    Now, it is joy I ponder…..and I can say I had profound moments of joy at deaths of my parents and loved ones. Yet was still saddened. The joy that arouse was in knowing they were indeed headed to a loving God for eternity.

    I think this kind of joy is a gift of grace…..and I don’t always have it. But if amd I do mean if, I praise God amidst the trials….He gives me joy, even if only temporary. …idk if this makes sense, but hope it does
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    1. Hi Paula, thanks for visiting. I agree, some have it, some have to strive for it, some simply don’t have it or aspire to it. Such a shame for them, I feel.

      Enjoy the journey!

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