Joy….just because….

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Beautiful flowers at a market in Italy

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.”

― Rumi

“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?

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Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

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  1. Peg,
    Joy is an important outcome managers can create. It’s a choice that can make a difference in unsatisfying workplaces.

    1. Shawn,
      You have a practical application for everything – I love that! 
      Thanks for sharing with me!

    1. Thank you so much Ann! I took the images that are on this post so I love them a little bit extra.

      I appreciate your support!

    1. Someday you will get a big hug from me Bruce! 

      I appreciate you & your support. You bring me joy as well.


  2. Awesome addition Brian – gotta love those smart pastors. Especially important to remember driving and shopping during the holidays. It sure makes people cranky. They forget the whole reason they are out.


  3. Love, love, love this post! I always describe my daughter as someone who expects to find joy around every corner, and does! Have an expectation mindset of joy helps!

    1. I agree Lois and how blessed are you to have your awesome daughter? I am sure she learned that from you.



  4. Peggy, love this post! We have a Christmas ornament permanently hanging over our fireplace at home–It’s a white star with green polka dots and written in red: “Joy.” Joy is our goal every day…

    1. Love that! I have “hope” and “faith” in block letters on my shelf. I will look for something beautiful that says Joy for my office. Such a beautiful idea Susan.


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