Joy vs Happiness

I was always confused about the difference between joy and happiness. Some say that joy is just a state of mind which is focused on seeking positivity, pleasant experiences, positive thoughts while happiness is based on circumstances, external factors. As I see it, joy is something deeper, something more profound. Joy brings you comfort and peace no matter what the circumstance. Hence joy is a feeling that can be shared with other emotions like grief, fear, sadness. The difference between joy and happiness lives in the mind and heart. But more importantly, joy is a choice.

  • Joy is in the heart. Happiness is on the face.
  • Joy is of the soul. Happiness is of the moment.
  • Joy transcends. Happiness reacts.
  • Joy embraces peace and contentment, waiting to be discovered.
  • Joy runs deep and overflows, while happiness hugs hello.
  • Joy is a practice and a behavior. It’s deliberate and intentional. Happiness comes and goes blithely along its way.
  • Joy is profound and Scriptural. “Don’t worry, rejoice.” Happiness is a balm. “Don’t worry, be happy.”
  • Joy is an inner feeling. Happiness is an outward expression.
  • Joy endures hardship and trials and connects with meaning and purpose.
  • A person pursues happiness but chooses joy.

I read somewhere that choosing joy is like choosing love. It’s not something done once and forgotten. Choosing is a habit. Many times a day, each and every day, married couples overlook the imperfections of their spouses. They choose to see beyond the particular circumstances of a moment and extend grace to one another. Similarly, choosing joy requires us to look beyond our immediate circumstance to connect with a bigger picture. Joy requires connection.

Choosing joy begins with being grateful. Starting your day with gratitude will make a big difference to how your day goes. And ending your day with gratitude for all that has happened will give you a good nights sleep!



Joy is contagious, as we exude more joy, all those we encounter will also be touched by our joyful heart. Are you ready to make choosing joy a fantabulous habit? 🙂

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