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Often times you will hear people say ”  I want to be happy“.

Smiley head happy

Smiley head happy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever really thought about that statement and what it means?

What is the difference between happiness and joy?   Which one do you want?

The definition of happiness according to Websters’ is: “a state of well-being and contentment”.

Happiness is fleeting.  Happiness is “ a state“.  This to me implies that happiness is one moment to the next, that it is temporary.

Although the moments are fantastic, is happiness what we really want?

Joy is defined as : “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires”

Joy is an emotion.  Joy is having arrived at your destination.  A constant emotion that is not fleeting or spontaneous.

Whatever your destination, whether it be love, success (as you define it), health, wellbeing; isn’t this what we are ultimately wanting?

Is it selfish to want both happiness and joy?  A constant state of joy with happiness intermingled?

It seems to me that although it is a matter of semantics, it is such an important distinction.

I feel in many ways that I have found joy.  Joy in my fortune, my family, my health.

As I write this, I look around and see my children snuggling with Cindy, amazing food on the counter ( for our munchy super bowl afternoon),  and I feel joy.  Complete joy.

What brings you joy?  Which do you want, happiness or joy?

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