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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 tend to use “Love” in the same way we would use “Like.”

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 us hone in on joy vs happy, this intro and many joy quotes should help.

ETERNITY

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise.
~William Blake, British artist, poet 1757-1827

William Blake Eternity poem: He who binds himself to a joy...
-joyous woman in woods image. iCreateDaily.com

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Happy or Joyful?

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. 

Sure, we still experience all emotions, positive and negative. It’s just that underlying it all, when crises subside, our natural reset is back to center…to a permeating state of joy.

The home of my heart has weathered the storm where joy is alive and well.

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

Joy vs Happiness Examples

Sure… this might just be a matter of semantics. However, language is comprised of different words to help us discern different nuances and depths 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. Not the surges that can come and go, but the pervasively prevalent and abiding love experienced and expressed as joy.

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

A deep inner peace, from which warmth wells, joy is like the depths of the ocean to the surface. No matter the weather at the surface of the sea, the depths remain constant. That’s joy.

Joy and Love are inseparable twins… wherever one is, the other will be found.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

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 starlit night.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

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.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

Joy Exploration 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… ?

Joy Prompt

  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

Joy Quotes

Choice and Joy Quotes

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy, and keep choosing it.”
~Henri Nouwen,  priest, professor, writer and theologian, 1932-1996

“You can experience joy, no matter the external circumstance. Joy is as constant as the sunrise and as gentle as a starlit night.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

You can experience joy, no matter the external circumstance. Joy is as constant as the sunrise and as gentle as a starlit night. ~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®  #JoyQuotes #Joyful #QuotesAboutJoy #StateOfMind #JoyIsConstant #Presence

Creativity and Joy Quotes

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32 US President
, 1882-1945

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“Consumption is a fleeting happiness. Creation feeds the eternal flame of joy.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

“The world needs more joy. We all do. So bring it, create it, engage it purposefully, consciously, daily, and you’ll have more joy in your life and more love in your heart. It is the Law.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

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, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

The Artist and the Entrepreneur are both Creators, innovators and mavericks. #Artists #Entrepreneurs #Innovators #Creators #ArtistQuotes #EntrepreneurQuote #iCreateDaily

My happy place is in the mind of creativity. I laugh out loud in joy.
~Donna Sheerin Gillis, artist, custom quilter, SeamsUndone

CREATIVITY... MY HAPPY PLACE.
#CreativityQuote #MyHappyPlace #Happiness #HappinessQuote #JoyQuote #Creativity #FallArt #PumpkinDesigns #PumpkinDecoratios
Image & quote by Donna Sheerin Gillis, artist, custom quilter, SeamsUndone

Dream and Joy Quotes

“Everyone has a divine right to joy, love, shining bright, dreaming big, achieving your hearts desires, and continuous rebirth living life to your fullest potential. If I can, you can.”
~Lia Valencia Key, entrepreneur founder Valencia Key Jewelry

Focus – What You Focus on, Grows

“Joy is a state of being, that creates more joy.”
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®

“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 ByrneAustralian television writer & author

“If there are negative people affecting you, you can forgive them for you know they are not in joy.”
~Lia Valencia Key, entrepreneur founder Valencia Key Jewelry

Garden and Nature Quotes Around Joy

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, singer, actress, 1896-1977

Gratitude and Joy Quotes

The root of joy is gratefulness.
~David Steindl-RastBenedictine monk & author, b.7/12/1926

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.
~TecumsehNative American warrior & chief, 1768-1813

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”
~Ralph H. Blum, screenwriter &
author-Book of Runes b.1932

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. ~Ralph H. Blum, screenwriter & author #JoyQuotes #GratitudeQuote #Peace #Inspiration #JoyfulLife

Gratefulness is the fuel that feeds our joy.”
~Greg Burson, voice actor
, 1949-2008

“Joy in the present is different from momentary pleasure. Joy comes from purpose, awe, gratitude, and appreciation.”
~Benjamin Hardy, organizational psychologist, author, b.1989

My advice to the person suffering from lack of time and from apathy is this: Seek out each day as many as possible of the small joys.”
~Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss poet, novelist, painter, 1877-1962

Gratitude invokes soul. Soul imbues joy. Joy sustains.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, creator iCreateDaily.com®

Gratitude invokes soul. Soul imbues joy. Joy sustains.
~ LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com #JoyQuotes #QuotesAboutJoy #SoulQuotes #GratitudeQuote

Happiness and Joy Quotes

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

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.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

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. ~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com® #JoyQuotes #QuotesAboutJoy #HappinessQuote #HappinessVsJoy

The Journey and Joy Quotes

“The joy is in the journey.”
~Valencia Key jewelry

Love and Joy Quotes

“Joy and Love are inseparable twins… wherever one is, the other will be found.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

Mindset and Joy Quotes

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
~Thich Nhat HanhBuddhist monk & peace activist, b.10/11/1926

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“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?”
~unknown

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
, b.1924

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“The healthiest response to life is joy.”
~Deepak Chopra, author, b.11/22/1946

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

Joy is a lens through which we can view life as positive even when we experience negatives. ~Devani Alderson, iCreateDaily.com® #JoyQuotes #PositiveQuotes #Joyful #Happy #QuotesAboutJoy #iCreateDaily

Negativity and Joy Quotes

When you’re right with yourself, you’re right with others. And… if there are negative others in your orbit you can forgive for you know they have lost their joy, for we cannot be in joy and negativity simultaneously.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

Personal Growth Quote

“When we’re right with ourselves, we’re right with the world.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

Positivity and Joy Quotes

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

“Joy and positivity expand us and those around us.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

POSITIVITY, OPTIMISM, JOY!
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“When we’re right with ourselves, we’re right with the world. We understand and empathize, forgive and harmonize the conflicts that confront us. For when we’re right with ourselves, and “there ain’t nobody gonna steal my joy.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

“Talking about our problems are our greatest addictions. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.”
~Rita Schiano, coach, writer & author, b.4/20/1955

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When we’re right with ourselves… nobody can steal our joy’.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

Power and Joy Quotes

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

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Peace and Presence Joy Quotes

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

“Joy is a deep inner peace, from which warmth wells.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

“Like the depths of the ocean to the surface. No matter the weather at the surface of the sea, the depths are undisturbed. That’s joy.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

“Joy and Love are inseparable twins… wherever one is, the other will be found.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

“Joy permeates every cell of my being and fills my heart with every breath.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

Purpose and Soul Quotes

“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.”
~Helen Keller, deaf, blind, author, 1880-1968

“When we do what it is we’re here to do, joy flows through.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

“Joy is always in process. It’s under construction. It is in constant approach, alive and well in the doing of what we’re fashioned to do.”
~Matthew McConaughey, actor, philosopher, author, b.11/4/1969

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“Joy in the present is different from momentary pleasure. Joy comes from purpose, awe, gratitude, and appreciation.”
~Benjamin Hardy, organizational psychologist, author, b.1989

“Happiness is the joy we feel striving towards our potential.”
~Shawn Achor, researcher & author, b.3/9/1978

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

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.~Rumi, poet & theologian #RumiQuote #JoyQuote #SoulQuote #QuotesAboutJoy

Struggles and Obstacles Quotes

“In times of struggle, remember to breathe. Joy lives in every atom of existence.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

“We have to embrace obstacles to reach the next stage of joy.”
~Goldie Hawn, actress, dancer, singer, actress, producer, b.11/21/1945

EMBRACE THE OBSTACLES and DANCE with them! Joy Quote, Goldie Hawn Quote, #JoyQuote #GoldieHawnQuote #ObstacleQuote #Stuggle #Challenges #iCreateDaily

“The home of my heart has weathered the storm where joy is alive and well.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®

The home of my heart has weathered the storm where joy is alive and well. ~LeAura Alderson, cofounder - iCreateDaily.com® #StrugglesQuote #JoyQuotes #HeartQuote #Happiness #Pain #HardTimes

Success and Joy Quotes

“If you follow your dreams and spend your life doing what brings you joy, you are more likely to succeed.”
~Richard Bransonentrepreneur, author & leader, b.7/18/1950

Vision and Joy Quotes

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

Wisdom and Joy Quotes

When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.”
~Marianne Williamsonteacher, author
, b.7/8/1952

CENTERED IN JOY... Joy leads to wisdom, and wisdom leads to joy. Like Love they are interchangeable. iCreateDaily.com® #JoyQuote #WisdomQuote #Balance #Centered #MarianneWilliamsonQuote #iCreateDaily

“The more you study delight, the more delight there is to study… I felt my life to be more full of delight. Not without sorrow or fear or pain or loss. But more full of delight.”
~Ross Gay, Poet, Professor, Author-The Book of Delights, b.8/1/1974

“The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.”
~Hermann Hesse, German-born poet, novelist, painter, 1877-1962

“Joy is a state of being, that creates more joy.”
~LeAura Alderson, creator iCreateDaily.com®

“If you can drive yourself crazy, you can drive yourself happy!”
~Karen Salmansohn, creative director-advertising, author

HAPPY QUOTE - Do you sometimes drive yourself crazy? We love this take on it all. DRIVE YOURSELF HAPPY!! #PositivityQuote #HappyQuote #Happiness #DriveYourselfHappy #iCreateDaily #CreateYourDay

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