Happiness is dependent on circumstances be it a place or person or thing.
Joy is something you carry within you. It is deep and light. It is personal and it is published. It is still and it is movement.
We can have momentary joy that we lay up as treasure. We can have joy that continues even we are no longer here (parents and grandparents listen in!). Sometimes our joy is a memory, an honor of someone we loved who has passed on.
Joy does not go out unreturned.
Unlike happiness which is fleeting and based on something in time or beyond ourselves, joy remains.
I’m not knocking happiness though. Happiness is a celebration of humanity- a wedding, acceptance into a college of your choice, birth of a baby or winning the competition of an athletic event.
Happiness is needed. I love the song sung by John Legend- Happiness. I jump up and down in my apartment and a grin spreads wide across my face! It truly makes me happy. And just for the record, we all need more songs that lift us up! No sad love songs Adele!
Joy is the cake and happiness are the sprinkles in our life. Let’s hold onto both and Celebrate!!
And a special shout out to a couple who know happiness and joy! They are living examples of both- Lou and Fran!!