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We have within ourselves
Enough to fill the present day with joy,
And overspread the future years with hope.

William Wordsworth


Ironically, often the thing that keeps me from experiencing joy is my preoccupation with self.  The very selfishness that keeps me from pouring myself out for the joy of others also keeps me from noticing and delighting in the myriad small gifts God offers each day.  This is why Walker Percy describes boredom as "the self stuffed with the self."       -John Ortberg

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.       -Joseph Campbell

Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness.  Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.        -Andre Gide


The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy.  Be deliberate, but once you've made up your mind--jump in.        -Charles R. Swindoll


To pursue joy is to lose it.  The only way to get it is to follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy, and then, like sheep, it comes most surely, unsought.        -Alexander Maclaren


There is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.       -George Bernard Shaw

How necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy.  It is a psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devotion make one feel devout.  The courteous gesture increases one’s respect for others.  To act lovingly is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyfully brings joy to others which in turn makes one feel joyful.  I believe we are called to the duty of delight.        -Dorothy Day
Not by appointment do we meet delight Or joy; they heed not our expectancy; But round some corner of the streets of life They of a sudden greet us with a smile.       -Gerald Massey

Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.       -Jean Paul Richter


Joy is what we are, not what we must get.  Joy is the realization that all we want or need in life has been etched into our souls.  Joy helps us see not what we are "going through," but what we are "growing to"--a greater sense of understanding, accomplishment, and enlightenment.  Joy reveals to us the calm at the end of the storm, the peace that surpasses the momentary happiness of pleasure.  If we keep our minds centered on joy, joy becomes a state of mind.        -Iyanla Vanzant


Joy is a constituent of life, a necessity of life; it is an element of life's value and life's power.  As every person has need of joy, so too, every person has a right to joy . . . It is a condition of religious living.       -Paul Wilhelm von Keppler

Speak not, move not, but listen, the sky is full of gold.
No ripple on the river, no stir in field or fold,
All gleams but naught doth glisten, but the far-off unseen sea.

Forget days past, heart broken, put all memory by!
No grief on the green hillside, no pity in the sky,
Joy that may not be spoken fills mead and flower and tree.

William Morris
When we experience moments of ecstasy—in play, in art, in sex—they come not as an exception, an accident, but as a taste of what life is meant to be. . . Ecstasy is an idea, a goal, but it can be the expectation of every day.  Those times when we’re grounded in our body, pure in our heart, clear in our mind, rooted in our soul, and suffused with the energy, the spirit of life, are our birthright.  It’s really not that hard to stop and luxuriate in the joy and wonder of being.  Children do it all the time.  It’s a natural human gift that should be at the heart of our lives.        -Gabrielle Roth


What is joy?  A sunbeam between two clouds.        -Madame Deluzy


The art of joy is having a love affair with life.  It is embracing life, drawing close to you all the beauty and wonder and goodness of the universe.  It is having a heart aglow with warmth for all your companions on the journey of life.  It is an expression of inner music.  It is radiating joy as does a band of musicians marching down the street.  It is a blend of laughter and tears.  Often it is the deep joy that comes to you through the mist of years as you recall tender memories of joyous days gone by.

It is sharing your joy.  "Some people," wrote the poet Walt Whitman, "are so much sunshine to the square inch."  The joyous person seems to be plugged in to the sun itself.

It is celebrating life.  The Master turned water into wine that the joyous wedding feast might continue.  "Be of good cheer," he said.  He proclaimed the purpose of his message to men in these words: "That my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full."

It is the putting forth of all your powers.  It is the flood-tide of inspiration, the glory of creation.  As you work with joy you find joy in your work.

It is looking for the joys that come in small, precious packages and making the most of them, knowing that big packages of joy are few and far between.  It is making the most of now, enjoying what is at hand.  It is taking time to enjoy life as you go along.

It is an awareness of the heaven that exists all about you.  As Solomon said:  "He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed."  It is making each day your most wonderful day.

Joy is love bubbling forth into life.

Wilferd A. Peterson


Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who is there.       -Rumi
When I look at the sky, the trees, the land or into the eyes of someone I love, I experience the wonder of life. Noticing the simple blessings that surround me here and now, I tap into my inner wellspring of joy.  One joyful thought starts a chain reaction, just as the song of a bird at dawn invites others to join in I choose to cultivate joy, to count my blessings and to share this feeling with others.  A joyous state of mind opens me to divine ideas and substance.  I see new ways to express my potential and new opportunities to experience life as a joyful child of God.       -unattributed (Daily Word)

When we align our thoughts, emotions, and actions with the highest part of ourselves, we are filled with enthusiasm, purpose, and meaning . . . . We are joyously and intimately engaged with our world.  This is the experience of authentic power.       -Gary Zukav
As you express joy, you draw it out of those you meet, creating joyful people and joyful events.  The greater the joy you express, the more joy you experience.       -Arnold Patent
Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself.  in giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.       -Norman Vincent Peale
Joys come from simple and natural things:  mists over meadows, sunlight on leaves, the path of the moon over water.       -Sigurd F. Olson
The real joy of life is in its play.  Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty.  It is the real living of life with the feeling of freedom and self-expression.  Play is the business of childhood, and its continuation in later years is the prolongation of youth.       -Walter Rauschenbusch
Joy seems to me a step beyond happiness—happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you’re lucky.  Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love.       -Adela Rogers St. Johns
Joy is the soul made visible.       -Susan Santucci

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Real joy means immediate expansion.  If we experience pure joy, immediately our heart expands.  We feel that we are flying in the divine freedom-sky.  The entire length and breadth of the world becomes ours, not for us to rule over, but as an expansion of our consciousness.  We become reality and vastness.       -Sri Chinmoy
Learn to nurture seeds of joy within yourself.  Ask yourself, "What's one action that I can take to increase my joy today?"       -Susan Santucci
Listen to the clues.  The next time you feel real joy, stop and think.  Pay attention.  Because joy's the universe's way of knocking on your mind's door.  Hello in there.  Is anyone home?  Can I leave a message?  Yes?  Good!  The message is that you are happy, and that means that you are in touch with your purpose.       -Steve Chandler
People need joy quite as much as they need clothing.  Some of them need it far more.       -Margaret Collier Graham

The beating heart of the universe is holy joy.       -Martin Buber
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain.  Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?       -Khalil Gibran
Once as we were sitting together in a doctor's office, awaiting the lab results of her six-month chemotherapy checkup, I had asked her about her joy in life.  Her own life had been so hard.  Didn't she feel envious of others who had things she did not?  She had smiled at the thought and shaken her head.  "Then what is your secret?" I had asked her, laughing.  Suddenly serious, she had replied that it seemed to her that joy was not something personal.  When I looked at her, baffled, she explained she has found that if you are genuinely happy for them, people are very generous with their joy and share it with you openheartedly.  "When something good happens to the person next to me, I am there to celebrate it with them.  Their good luck makes me feel lucky.  I rejoice with them about it as fully as if it was happening to me," she told me.  "It makes me really happy."  She paused and looked thoughtful.  "Of course, then it is happening to me," she said with a grin.       -Rachel Naomi Remen
Even rain and wind and stormy clouds bring joy, just as knowing animals and flowers and where they live.       -Sigurd F. Olson

I got sick and tired of a joyless existence, and so have thought a lot in the past few years about how to bring more joy into my life.  The more I think about it, the more I believe that joy and gratitude are inseparable.  Joy is defined in the dictionary as an "emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires," while gratitude is that "state of being appreciative of benefits received."  In other words, whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.     -M.J. Ryan, Attitudes of Gratitude
We are all capable of living lives characterized by great joy.  Within each of us is an amazing human spirit that is strong enough to overcome pain and disappointment. And no matter what our current situation happens to be, or what beliefs we may currently harbor about ourselves, we can tap into that inner strength and wisdom and move forward to create more joy.     -Salle Merrill Redfield, Creating a Life of Joy
If people only knew the healing power of laughter and joy, many of our fine doctors would be out of business.  Joy is one of nature’s greatest medicines.  Joy is always healthy.  A pleasant state of mind tends to bring abnormal conditions back to normal.     -Catherine Ponder
You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.     -Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
I certainly wasn't happy.  Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it.  What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often don't recognize at the time; I mean joy.     -Ursula K. LeGuin


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