Top 20 Ways Writers Spread Joy

Cynthia Herron Joy 6 Comments

Photo Credit: Diana Schnuth/Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Diana Schnuth/Creative Commons

I’m a people-lover. And because I care about people (YOU) I love to spread joy!

I’ve had some disappointments. I’ve walked the valley. (I’ve shared some of those trials here and here.)

I think when we experience life’s heartaches, we view others’ hardships through a fresh lens. We’re more inclined to nitpick less, listen better, and love more.

Sometimes, it’s difficult for folks to talk about what they’re going through. Transparency is tough. Uncomfortable.

Years ago, I knew an acquaintance who always had a bounce in her step and a smile on her face. One day, I learned a lightening bolt truth: “Barb” was a fake. Beneath her happy-go-lucky exterior, this young woman hurt. Holidays seemed especially cumbersome for her.

So, while the Christmas season is a happy time of year for many, I realize for some it’s just not.

One of my posts that still generates traffic is my Top 10 Characteristics of a Joy-Bearer.

With that in mind and a bit of a different spin, I wanted to share how writers can spread the love.

Here we go:

Top 20 Ways Writers Spread Joy


1. Joy-minded writers write something worthy.

They take the high road. They uplift. Motivate. Inspire. Love.


2. They comment, retweet, and share.

They are intentional. They multiply fabulous thoughts!


3. They mentor others in their journey.

Fifteen minutes, one day, a week, a month, or longer.


4. They lend an ear.

And keep a confidence.


5. Joy-minded writers encourage.

They offer a kind word. A smile. A hug.


6. They pay it forward.

When someone extends a kindness their way, joyful writers keep the ball rolling!


7. They are authentic.

They say the very thing you wish someone would have said to you. And they mean it.


8. They deliver a pep-talk.

They accentuate the positive. They reboot a day gone south.


9. They share knowledge.

Joyful writers aren’t selfish. If they know something that will help, they happily bear glad tidings!


10. Joy-minded writers toot others’ horns.

They shine the spotlight on friends’ accomplishments and lavish praise accordingly.


11. They show appreciation.

They send  encouraging e-mails, cards, and well-wishes. They sometimes even mail goodie packages!


12. They solve a problem.

They help without being asked. They “fix things” that are within their power to fix.


13. They compliment (and complement.)

They find something good to say. They bring out the best without hidden agendas.


14. Joy-minded writers brainstorm.

They weed through the “noise” to help with solutions.


15. They pray.

They bear others up when the going gets tough.


16. They follow through on promises.

Their word is their bond. If they commit, they finish the task with a joyful mindset.


17. They challenge. (In a good way.)

They inspire others to rise to new heights.


18. They hook up.

They link back to favorite websites and highlight folks in their sidebars.


19. They generate excitement.

They host guest bloggers, offer book reviews, giveaways, and influence free gratis.


20. Joy-motivated writers stay the course.

They persevere when they’d really rather not. And encourage others to do the same.


Today’s post is dedicated to those writers who spread the love–day in, day out–and expect nothing in return. I appreciate you and I know the folks you bless do, too.

And a BIG shout out to Beth Vogt. Author, mentor, teacher, game-changer, quote-sharer, joy-spreader, and friend.

Thank you to: Jess, Jill, Gabe, Lindsay, Melissa, Keli, Sarah, Jamie, Andrew, Patti, and dozens upon dozens of others I lack enough space to mention. You’ve made a difference in my life. I treasure you!


How will you spread joy this week?

What’s one thing that encourages you the most in your writing journey or in life?



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Comments 6

  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Nice list! And so true.

    I would add another item – authenticity. Writers who live the ideals of which they write give readers a sense of confidence, that there are dependable standards out there, that it’s not just a sham.

    It’s vital for Christian writers, since there have been so many prominent Christians who said one thing and behaved quite differently in their own lives.

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    Cynthia Herron

    Andrew, hear-hear to authentic people! I think the highest form of praise someone gave me once was “She’s the real deal…”

    I’ll say straight up, I’m far from perfect. I make mistakes. I stumble. I’m fallible. But I also love Jesus and I want folks to see Him in me–through my faults and all.

    Blessings on your day!

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  4. Melissa Tagg

    Loved reading this, Cindy, and it made me think of all the joy-filled writers I’ve had the joy of getting to know–like you. Your list inspired me…I want to be more of a spreader of joy. 🙂 Some of the things on your list come more naturally to me and others do not…but I want to be intentional!

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