The Battle Between Happiness vs Joy

As an inherently happy person, it’s often noticeable to those around me. People frequently ask if I’m always happy, to which I respond with honesty—I experience frustration like anyone else. However, I distinguish that while I may not always be happy, I am consistently joyful. Those closest to me, particularly those I live with, affirm this sentiment. In this blog, I will discuss the difference between happiness vs joy and which is right for you.

Exploring Joy and Happiness

This conversation naturally leads to the question, “What’s the difference between joy and happiness?” Many use these terms interchangeably, but they possess nuanced distinctions that merit exploration.

The Difference Between Joy vs Happiness

Happiness, defined as a feeling of contentment or satisfaction rooted in present circumstances, often stems from external factors. It’s akin to a dopamine rush triggered by moments spent with supportive people, time outdoors, purposeful work, engaging in enjoyable activities, receiving valued items, or achieving goals. Happiness tends to be fleeting, tied to specific events or occurrences.

On the other hand, joy transcends fleeting moments; it’s a lasting state of contentment and satisfaction with life. Joy emanates from within and can be experienced consistently, 24/7. Unlike happiness, joy isn’t reliant on external stimuli or personal gain; it’s a selfless, inner feeling that encompasses our overall outlook on life.

Chasing Happiness vs. Choosing Joy

In our pursuit of happiness, we often find ourselves chasing after external validations—a new job, a material possession, or a certain status—that promise fleeting moments of joy. However, this pursuit can lead to a cycle of temporary highs followed by disappointment when external circumstances shift.

Embracing Joy as a State of Being

Instead of constantly chasing after fleeting moments of happiness, I encourage you to start choosing joy as a state of being. Cultivate gratitude, practice mindfulness, nurture meaningful connections, and engage in activities that align with your values and passions. By prioritizing joy, you’ll discover a profound sense of fulfillment and well-being that transcends momentary happiness.

Where are you feeling joy?  What is bringing you happiness right now? Is it a new car, doing fun things with your friends?   Let me know what brings you happiness 

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