25 Joy Quotes – a Perspective on Life

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Joy vs Happiness

While we were looking for joy quotes, we found that many of the quotes tend to interchange the words joy and happiness. Much like how with social media, we tended to use “Love” in the same way we would use “Like.”

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Merriam-Webster defines the word Joy as: “…the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.”  Dictionary.com also has an almost identical definition. Yet when you search the psychological definition of joy vs happiness they are distinctly different.

To help you hone in on joy vs happy, this article and many joy quotes should help.

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So, what is the difference between joy and happiness?

Happiness is an emotion which comes and goes.  It can be caused by a mix of internal and external sources. If we’re experiencing loss, sadness, anger, or any other negative emotion, we don’t feel happy.

Joy, is a lasting state of being.

Much like gratitude, when we’re in a state of joy, we have a sense of peace regardless of what may be happening around us.  We can still experience each emotion, positive or negative, without a shift in our joy state.

Interesting to contemplate, isn’t it? That we can experience volatile—and even negative emotions—without being internally disrupted, when we achieve a pervasive and permeating state of joy.

Joy is a lens through which we can view life as positive even when we experience negatives.
~Devani Alderson, iCreateDaily.com 

Examples of Joy vs Happiness

Sure… this might just be a matter of semantics. However, language is comprised of different words to help us discern different nuances and depth of similar but different experiences.

Examples of Joy

  • Joy is a constant companion… a state of being, which is expanded in the presence of
    • Deep and abiding / longstanding love
    • Peaceful settings and scenes
    • Deep friendships
    • Spirituality – a sense of connection to something greater

Imagine a mother cuddling a sleeping child… that Mona Lisa smile on her face. Whether or not you’re a parent, hopefully you’ve experienced that welling up feeling that accompanies our love for another.

Joy is a state of being, that creates more joy.

Joy is a deep inner peace, from which warmth wells. Joy is like the depths of the ocean versus the surface. No matter what the weather may bring to the surface of the sea, the depths remain constant. That’s joy.

Examples of Happy and Happiness

  • Infatuation
  • Favorite things such as
    • food
    • beverages
  • Time with friends
  • Favorite movies
  • Weekends
  • Vacations
  • Holidays
  • Favorite fragrances… from the smell of coffee to pumpkin spice in fall
  • Getting the job you wanted
  • Achieving your goals

You can experience joy, no matter the external circumstance. Joy is as constant as the sunrise and as gentle as a starlight night.

What’s the Difference Between Joy and Happiness?

Joy wells up and moves you from within, as present as the air.
Happiness happens to you from external stimulus, it comes and goes like the weather.

Joy Prompt

Before you delve into the quotes, you may benefit by this “joy prompt” as a way to expand joy in your life and implement the principles you glean here.

This will be your answer to having a more joy filled life. Spend more time in joy and that’s what you’ll have more of.

Should you choose to accept this assignment… 😇


  1. Make a list with two columns.
  2. List when you feel the most joy, vs feeling happy.
  3. Keep the list visible and keep adding to it as you think of new things.
  4. Spend more time with the things in the Joy column, and you’ll have more of both!
  5. JOYFUL           HAPPY

25 Joy Quotes

1. Joy is the most magnetic force in the Universe.
~Danielle LaPorte, author & inspirational speaker

2. Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32 US President

3. The world of the artist and the world of the entrepreneur are not so far apart. The successful artist is she who can find the joy in creating both.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

4. We have to embrace obstacles to reach the next stage of joy.
~Goldie Hawn, american actress

5. The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.
~Russell M. Nelson, religious leader and former surgeon

6. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
~Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk & peace activist 

7. When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.
~Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher, author, & lecturer

8. The healthiest response to life is joy.
~Deepak Chopra, author, public speaker & alternative medicine advocate

9. Presence is that place of power and peace, of
love and joy; a lifetime in a second… eternity in an hour.
~ LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

10. When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
~Rumi, poet & theologian

11. Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.
~Helen Keller, author

12. The root of joy is gratefulness.
~David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk & author

13. If you follow your dreams and spend your life doing what brings you joy, you are more likely to succeed!
~Richard Branson, entrepreneur, author & leader

14. Happiness is the joy we feel striving towards our potential.
~Shawn Achor, researcher & author

15. Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
~Leo Buscaglia

16. Feed your vision the nutrients it needs to come alive and thrive:
Belief, Focus, Joy, and Action. Daily.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com 

17. If you cannot find joy in the path you are on and what you’re working towards, how do you expect to find it when you get there?

18. Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy, and keep choosing it.
~Henri Nouwen,  priest, professor, writer and theologian

19. Gratefulness is the fuel that feeds our joy.
~Greg Burson, American voice actor

20. Gratitude invokes soul. Soul imbues joy. Joy sustains.
~ LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

21. Joy, the kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.
~David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk & author

22. Talking about our problems are our greatest addictions. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.
~Rita Schiano, writer & author

23. You are free to think thoughts of worry or joy, and whatever you choose you will attract the same kind back.  Worry attracts worry. Joy attracts joy.
~Rhonda Byrne, Australian television writer & author

24. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
~Tecumseh, Native American warrior & chief

25.  There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
~Ralph H. Blum, screenwriter & author

Nothing can beat the smell of dew and flowers and the odor that comes out of the earth when the sun goes down. Ethel Waters

You can also listen to this Gratitude Break podcast episode on “Where to Find Joy“.

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