often the thing that keeps me from experiencing joy is my
preoccupation with self. The very selfishness that keeps me
myself out for the joy of others also keeps me from noticing and
in the myriad small gifts God offers each day. This is why Walker
describes boredom as "the self stuffed with the self."
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure
the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than
sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery,
must embrace joy as a moral obligation.
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.
pursue joy is to lose it. The only way to get it is
follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy,
then, like sheep, it comes most surely, unsought.
There is the true joy in life, the
being used for a purpose
recognized by yourself as a
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
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.
|Not by appointment do we
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.
descends gently upon us like the evening dew,
and does not patter down like a hailstorm.
Joy is what we are,
not what we must get. Joy is the realization that all we want or need
has been etched into our souls. Joy helps us see not what we are "going
but what we are "growing to"--a
greater sense of understanding,
and enlightenment. Joy reveals to us the calm at the end of the
the peace that surpasses the momentary
happiness of pleasure. If we keep our minds
centered on joy, joy becomes a state of mind.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Children do it all the time.
It’s a natural human
gift that should be at the heart of our lives.
is joy? A sunbeam between two clouds.
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.
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,"
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
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
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.
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."
making each day your most wonderful day.
Joy is love bubbling forth into life.
Wilferd A. Peterson
Keep knocking and
the joy inside will
open a window and look
out to see who is there. -Rumi
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joys come from simple and natural things:
mists over meadows, sunlight on leaves,
the path of the moon over water. -Sigurd F. Olson
real joy of life is in its play. Play
anything we do for the joy and love of doing
it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or
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.
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.
joy means immediate expansion.
If we experience pure joy,
our heart expands. We feel that we
in the divine freedom-sky.
The entire length and breadth
not for us
to rule over, but as
consciousness. We become
reality and vastness. -Sri
Learn to nurture seeds of joy within
yourself. Ask yourself, "What's one action that I can
take to increase my joy today?"
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.
need joy quite as much as they need clothing.
Some of them need it far more. -Margaret
beating heart of the universe is holy joy.
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?
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
"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
Even rain and wind and stormy clouds bring
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
|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
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
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
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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