The definition for jovial is cheerful and friendly according to dictionary.com I find it really hard to be cheerful all of the time, much less to be authentically jovial. As a teacher there are many days when I feel like my students are doing things on purpose just to frustrate me. Sometimes they are, and sometimes they are not. I oftentimes thinking to myself...how do I keep myself cheerful and friendly during those times? How can I let go of whatever is frustrating me and just work through the situation, and then let it go?
I feel like being authentically jovial means finding the good things in every situation...because there are always good things. I think it also means laughing at myself. Oftentimes when I am finding myself not wanting to be cheerful it is because I am afraid of looking dumb in front of someone else. Finally I think that being authentically jovial means not taking anything too seriously. After all when I look back at the moment in question in another 5 or 10 years, is it really going to be that important? Most likely it probably won't. So why shouldn't I feel as cheerful as I can, in as many moments of the day as I can?
What is your view on being authentically jovial? Do you find cheerfulness and friendliness the same?