Recently I had this epiphany moment that made me realize that happiness and joy, even though very similar, are really not the same thing.
Why is that relevant ?
I think it is important to acknowledge that happiness is rooted in external circumstance, meaning that happiness happens to us. It is triggered by events and actions in our lives, like birthdays, having kids, a surprise, a good book , seeing a friend, having a great workout…. whatever it may be. It’s dependent on an event, totally out of our control. Happiness is fickle.
So how about joy ?
Joy is an attitude, a choice we make and therefore totally in our control. Even during hard times, there can be joy. With joy comes hope, for a better tomorrow.
We can choose to find joy everyday,
a state of being,
a way of life !