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5 simple ways to spark joy

If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that life is busy and it’s easy to lose ourselves in our day-to-day routines, sometimes forgetting the simple things that truly bring us joy or make us feel content.

Take this as a reminder to check in with yourself, take a deep breath and clear your mind.

It’s time to remember what brings you joy in life, whether that is getting out in nature, connecting with others, moving your body, or expressing your creativity in any way that you can.

We have compiled a list of 5 simple ways to spark joy in the City of Marion.

1. Get outside and experience nature

Surround yourself with nature and listen to the wildlife as you walk through the Oaklands Wetland and Reserve. Sit by the water, have a look at the ducks, and indulge in some quiet time. Look up at the tall gumtrees and find a shady spot to read a book under or do some journaling.

If being by the ocean is more your thing, clear your mind by increasing your heart rate as you walk the Coastal Walkway along Hallett Cove and Marino. Smell the salty sea, listen to the waves, and soak up the warmth of the sunshine.

Find more walking/cycling trails in the City of Marion.

2. Satisfy your curiosity and thirst for knowledge

Immerse in a quiet, safe space with nothing but inviting stories around you at one of our libraries, located at Park Holme, Cove Civic Centre and the Marion Cultural Centre. Lounge in a book nook and get lost in a novel, listen to a podcast or study. Join a face-to-face author talk, seminar or take part in a workshop to learn some new skills. View all upcoming library events here.

Park holme

3. Move your body and clear your mind

Join a regular exercise class at one of our Neighbourhood Centres. There are several options available. Some options include:

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Relieve arthritis, improve flexibility, muscle strength and balance through the fitness of Tai Chi. This particular class is ideal for those who may have instability or lower body restrictions.

  • Mondays 2:30pm - 3:15pm - Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre
  • Fridays 1pm -1:45pm - Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre

Inhale and exhale with a nourishing yoga class that will help you to deepen your flow and movement. Relax your breath, stretch, improve your posture and skeletal strength, slow your mind and calm your soul.

  • Saturdays 9.30am - 10.30am - Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre
  • Thursdays 5.00pm - 5.45pm - Glandore Community Centre
  • Saturdays 11.00am - 12.00pm - Glandore Community Centre

Join a meditation class and cleanse the mind through breath work, relaxation and calming energy. Learn easy meditation methods to practice at home or at work. Remove the layers from a hard day and replenish your body through this mindfulness exercise.

  • Mondays 1:30-3pm - Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre
  • Tuesdays 1-2pm - Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre
  • Thursdays 2-3pm Glandore Community Centre

4. Express your creativity or be inspired by the creativity of others

Our Neighbourhood Centres located at Glandore, Trott Park, Mitchell Park and Cooinda host a broad range of events each month. Try out some watercolour, DIY, pottery, macramé, painting, flower arrangements or learn something new in a mini course. Test your skills in sewing, mahjong, woodwork or even learn a new language. Find out what's on near you.

If you’re looking for inspiration and want to appreciate the creativity of others, we recommend checking out Gallery M. Observe the work of the different artists throughout the exhibitions. Look around at the tall ceilings and amazing range of artwork hanging in the gallery space. The venue is open seven days a week and the entry is free, welcome to everyone.

5. Find and create connection

Volunteer for the City of Marion and give back to the community. Share your strengths in a vital role for the community. Volunteer at a cafe, playgroup, Neighbourhood Centre, or environmental group to connect with the wider community. Show your individual personality as a social support volunteer, home declutter assistant or consider your more unique qualities through our SkillMatch Program. View our current Volunteer Vacancies.

Join a community garden.
Reconnect with the value of nature and feel the earth under your fingernails. Pack your messy clothes and watch your seedlings bloom into colourful flowers.