” JOY -The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.” ~ Collins English Dictionary.
I’ve touched on this before, but this is such a descriptive and beautiful word, and wonderful emotion, I had to go there again…
A question to start off with – is joy and happiness the same thing? Surely you feel joy when you are happy? Or you are happy when you feel joy?
But back to joy. I think it is not often that one feels pure joy, on its deepest, purest level. Like Daisy in the video above.
When do you feel joy? What makes you joyous?
Joy to me is seeing one or all of my children after a long time. We all live very far apart from each other, and the joy when I see them, is so much more intense because of that. Lately, my SO* and I are apart a lot of the time, so when he comes home, the joy is real.
Joy to me is sometimes when a day is stunningly beautiful – sunshine, clear sky, bright colours – and at the same time I am in a place of exceptional natural beauty, and I suddenly realize it… I can feel the bubbling start in my stomach and work its way out of my body… I know it sounds as if I’m high, but I don’t know how else to explain it. Champagne days, I call them. 🙂
I get that same feeling when I am on an airplane and it starts off down the runway. It makes me want to jump up and shout for joy. Sorry, weird again…
Joy is also a bite of food. Most times, when we dine out, the food is okay. Ordinary. Fine. But just sometimes (not often enough), when you take that first bite, and there is this unexpected flavour explosion in your mouth… Oh my! Joy! 😀
Joy can be lots of things to different people. I think being in the moment is important to feel joy. You cannot feel joy if you are always thinking of work, or you are always on your phone, or you are always looking back (on your past). You can only feel the full force of it, when you see, and smell and hear what is happening right now! You have to be fully present.
May each and every one of you experience some joy this week!
Until we chat again – live in the moment. 🙂
*SO – significant other