Happiness & Joy

Published on 28 March 2022 at 08:00

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Happiness & Joy. Those both sound really great. We all want to be happy, but sometimes we miss out on the joy of life while trying to attain happiness. Let’s talk about it.


Happiness is defined as “the state of being happy.”

Happy: “feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.”

Joy is defined as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.”


Given these definitions, we can see that happiness is an outward expression. You’re SHOWING pleasure or contentment. Joy is an inward expression, focused only on the feeling of happiness.


Joy is a much more lasting emotion. This is something that happens internally, meaning that when your life and your morals align, you’ll feel joyous. Joy could also come from outside sources, such as seeing someone else in a state of happiness and knowing that you are part of why they feel that way. 


We’re here to give you some solutions and tips, so let’s move from definitions to the “how”. While we can’t tell you “how” to be happy and joyous, since these are so personal, we can provide you with some basic outlines. 


Our first and greatest tip for you: log off social media. Do this for a day. Maybe even a week if you really need it. Comparing ourselves to others, even when we aren’t aware of it, is the quickest way to sabotage our own happiness.


Inspired by Justin Tyme, start a “gratitude journal”. This can even be a daily post where you focus only on what you’re grateful for. Starting off your day and ending it on this type of note allows you to understand that you are allowed to have setbacks and feel “negative” emotions, but don’t forget to appreciate all the things you DO have. 


Understand that happiness is not the destination. Happiness is an emotion you feel along the way, inspired by daily activities and small wins. Don’t overwhelm yourself on a journey to a place that doesn’t exist. 


What little things are you grateful for today? Let us know in the comments. 

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