Joy according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary:
a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires :delight
b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety 2. : a state of happiness or felicity : bliss, a source or cause of delight.
Even the definition makes you feel happy. Of all the attribute names (Felicity, Grace, Patience for a few examples) Joy is the one that I love the most, I would strive towards grace but given my high energy state, joy is something that I feel I am closer to obtaining. Joy is something that shared comes back to you tenfold – like a smile. Spreading the joy that you feel with others amplifies it and spreads it like a ray of sunshine.
I’d like to share ten quotes about joy that I love and hope you share them with people that you love.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
“Through all of living have much joy and laughter, life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”― Gordon B. Hinckley
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”
― Pearl S. Buck
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
― John Keats
“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.”
― Albert Einstein
“Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle. It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained.”
― Terry Pratchett
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”
― Marianne Williamson
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
― Mark Twain
What brings you joy in your life? And more importantly what do you do to bring joy to others?