"What would you recommend to people who feel they have never experienced joy?"
In the rain, face upwards and feel the drops on your face. Walk into a body of water and feel it.
Feel and express GRATITUDE.
Go into a garden. Greet a flower. TOUCH it. LOOK into its center. SMELL it. Even a weed, a dandelion. Pick a flower. LOOK at a fruit tree, and its blossom. Pick a fruit, an orange fresh off a tree. Gaze at and PICK a growing vegetable, a tomato, and slowly TASTE IT. PLANT a seed, or nurture a plant (see an avocado pit sprout roots and trunk). HEAR a single bird sing from its post. Watch a butterfly, or ladybug. Greet the crawling lizard or snail. FEEL THE JOY. Watch a baby play or sleep. SMILE. Be PRESENT. These are all gifts and blesSings.
OY, how could I forget this? and I'm a drummer. DRUM YOUR JOY!! :)
Blow some bubbles. If not for yourself, for someone who is not well. And give the bottle to them to hold, and to gently slowly blow bubbles with their own breath, even if in a hospice bed.
On another serious note, a true story from hours ago:
A self-proclaimed unhappy (depressive) person joyously by phone shared with me that her new friend in apartment building, the day before, had ENCOURAGED her laughs and smiles when she did-- thus supporting her. He commented on the change of her expression which she could then tune into, feel, and share the next day (to me). Be a friend, feel the joy, acknowledge joy. Grow JOY.
"Well, Joy, I'd better get crackin posting more calligraphy Artnotes! Thank you Joy for your heartfelt, concrete joyifiers. Since Joy is your name, joy is your essence - and I see you've made a thorough study of it."
I purchased a Rabbi Simon Jacobson Counting the Omer book from Rae, because it had in it her illustrations, and every Omer I joyously continue to use the book.
"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”