SuperBetter is reminding me that there is a difference between the two, so let’s take a look at the definitions:
Joy: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight
Happiness: good fortune; prosperity; a state of well-being and contentment; a pleasurable or satisfying experience
Today’s quest was to write about a time when I experienced joy and happiness.
That’s tough, because the words are so similar. For me, joy is an overabundance of happiness…everlasting happiness, that is. Happiness is more temporary than joy is.
I was joyful the day I got got engaged. It was on overwhelming, all-encompassing feeling of happiness that really didn’t go away until months later, after the marriage ceremony had ended. There was something about planning the biggest day of my life that kept me going.
I was happy the day I graduated from college. I think it was mixed with nervousness too about my future. It was a feeling of pride that I had that day.
Talk to me about the times you were happy versus the times you were joyful. Which did you prefer?