Start by putting your wrists together, and make sure they’re perfectly aligned:
Once your wrists are perfectly aligned, gently place your palms together and look at your fingertips. Inevitably, the tips of one of your hands will be taller than the other. Go ahead, see for yourself.
Hold up your smaller hand and focus on it. That’s right, face that hand and tell it who’s boss. You’re actually going to TELL your hand to grow. Out loud. And mean it! You can simply say “grow.” But I prefer to really lay in on it.
When you’re finished lecturing your hand, go ahead and line your wrists and palms back up. If you really took this seriously, you will have seen growth in your once smaller hand.
Here’s a similar exercise:
Stand up very straight with your feet together. Extend your arm out in front of you and point with your index finger. When you’re ready, without moving your feet, twist as far as you can behind you. Take a look at where you end up pointing.
Focus on an object that you’ve pointed to that marks the furthest you could twist. Now turn back around to the direction your feet are facing. Now decide that you can go further. Close your eyes, take a nice deep breath, and imagine twisting further than you did before. Now try it and see the results!
Bonus joykwondo exercise:
Show these tricks to two or three other people. Pay attention to how much this exercise builds them up. Watch them light up and laugh in disbelief. Enjoy their smiles and their wide eyes. Pay close attention to how much joy this exercise brings them.
Pay even closer attention to how their joy actually makes YOU feel as a result. When you bring joy to others, you can’t help but feel joyful yourself. And that, my friend, is the KEY to this martial art of joy.