…Laughing, dancing, having fun and not having a worry in the world, because everything else is for the adults to figure out. Jumping for joy and squealing with laughter is what we all need more of in our lives, no matter how old we are! (Prima Dona, United States)
I think joy…
…Has a very simple formula for me. My Joy is in the little and simple things in life.
I see joy in a cup of coffee on a rainy day! In a walk outside in a sunny day! Joy is when my cat is going like crazy running from one room to another trying to catch a fly! Joy is when i see a little kid’s smile! Watching a little beetle moving slowly wondering where it is heading to! A flying balloon in a park! Couples holding hands! A face of an old man or a woman. A little piece of chocolate when I’m feeling down! I can go on and on forever if I have to list the million little things that make me truly joyful. And I am one hundred percent sure that each one of us has his own list. After all, we do not need to look so far to find some joy in life. (Willpower, Lebanon)
…All too rare in this world today where everything moves so fast, people seem to be in hurry to get places. It’s like we’ve gotten materially rich but spiritually poor.
So I often find joy easiest to find outside, in the natural world, and in particular surrounded by flowers. They make me especially joyful and happy. And I know it’s a bit out there. but saw this Barbie ring and had to have because it reminded me of being happy and joyful when I was younger. (Miss Nifty, United States)
…A moment of purity. Happy is a state of mind that takes into consideration the good and bad and makes a conscious decision to be happy. Joy on the other hand, is the feeling you’re flooded with in a moment in life when everything seems right. It happened to me when I first saw my new born baby nephews and it also happens to me when I get a good grade at a test I was worried about. It can be something petty or something life changing – but whatever it is, in that moment everything else blanks and you’re immersed in a feeling of true contentment and, well, joy… (Vrhino, United States)
…No plan. no program. at any moment and in any time. (Dame B)
…Always begins and ends inside me. (Crimine, United States)
(Look by Arise, United States)
…Comes from pleasant things, bunnies, cashmere socks, bows, nuzzling up to my boyfriend in bed with best in show playing. simple! (Dolores Haze, United States)
To me, joy is…
…An emotion we’re all capable of feeling. Instead of dwelling on what you don’t have, open up your eyes to the beautiful things that are within your reach.
Definitely, we’ll experience downs in our journey through life but that’s what makes you appreciate the little things in the first place.
A child’s smile gives me joy, and so does putting looks together on SS, as well as shopping, kisses, bright colors and sweets. These are simple things but they put the biggest smile on my face and in the end that’s all that matters. (Marsoline, United States)
…Rainbow bright.. (Fulicious)
Joy to me…
…Is peaceful, is walking the streets watching people and singing. (Clacool, Argentina)
1 a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires
b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety
2 : a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3 : a source or cause of delight
When I look at these children receiving food boxes, I see pure joy on their faces. It doesn’t take much to give them this joy, just simply that their basic needs are met. We in the developed world seem to require much more to make us feel joyful. I want to look at these angelic faces and remind myself that joy comes with the realization that we are blessed. There is always someone better off than us and we’d be miserable to focus on that. Simple appreciation of what we possess brings joy. (Mandolyn)
Joy to me is…
…The ability to express myself without restraints.
Joy is where I find little bits of elation… putting up the Christmas tree, eating macaroons and tea in Harrod’s, watching an elderly couple holding hands, or the rustle of the leaves in an autumn wind.
We put so much pressure on ourselves to be “happy” all the time, but there is joy to be found in something everyday! (Powder Puff, United Kingdom)
…Being surrounded by family and friends, being in the warmth of the ones that love you and enjoying good food and drinks. (Fashion Nerd, United States)
Colorful, bright and fun. (Natural Born Styler, Greece)
…Taking a sick day, but not being sick.
Being the first person to ride down a mountain, hearing only the silence of your board carving through powder.
Seeing your child smile for the first time.
Having a great hair day.
Finding the perfect pair of jeans.
Joy is taking pleasure in the simplest things of life. (HarperLeo, United States)
…Love.. joy is summer.. joy is summer love.. so short, so nice.. maybe it is nice because it is short.. maybe we just can feel how much it has affected us when it is winter. when the clouds become dark, we miss it..
joy is love, joy is dancing.. joy is like a kid.. you only remember her childhood when she grows up. (Dnpsn)
…The emotion of great happiness. Joy is not in things; it is in us. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Mother Theresa once said: “Joy is prayer – Joy is strength – Joy is love – Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” (Cherry Lady, Latvia)
“I want to thank all the women who have worn my clothes, the famous and the unknown, who have been so faithful to me and given me so much joy.”~Yves Saint Laurent (Quoted by Miss Bea Heyvin, United States)
“The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because
of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of
the magnificent experience it will draw to you. It becomes your
mark, your nature, your name. It is a wonder-working technique
that will produce wonders in your life.” – Jack Boland
“Joy springs from within; no one makes you joyous; you choose joyfulness.”
My two favorite joy quotes. (Jen1987, United States)
…Elusive, fleeting and temporary. For me, JOY is the feeling we get whenever we experience something extraordinarily good — like giving birth to a child hence the expression “BUNDLE OF JOY”. However not very many of us, if at all, experience JOY every moment of everyday. I am sure there are a lot of people in this world that probably do not even know what JOY feels like. Therefore, we should not take it for granted. And because JOY is elusive, fleeting and temporary, to experience it more often, I associate it with the simpler things in life — like watching a baby smile, having a scoop of my favorite ice cream flavour, feeling the sand between my toes as I walk barefeet on the beach, etc. Try it and I’m sure you’ll enJOY 🙂 (Historie Girl, United Kingdom)
…A deep state of happiness..it’s when I feel pure love, an abundance of all the great things in my life that make me feel happy and whole… Joy is a state of mind, it comes, it goes, it comes again depending on life’s ups and downs… I mostly feel joy through life’s simplest pleasures such as family, nature, sharing good honest clean laughter with friends, good food, a moment of silence and relaxation, the smell of my husband’s skin….Joy is the essence of a life lived in balance.
“JOY is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A JOYful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.” — Mother Teresa (Badrouchka, Morocco)
I think joy is…
…A great feeling. To me, it’s a playful, spontaneous, free-spirited happiness. It reminds me of children and innocence. I love to experience it, and try to make it a priority in my life, but it’s hard to say where it comes from. There are those little things in my life that make me feel joy, and make me smile. However, I do think our society has capitalized on it, selling quick fixes to experience it, but I don’t think that really works. I wish I could get to the bigger picture of it, if that makes sense. – (AshleyAshley, United States)
…Reconnecting with the things that are important to you. These past few months have been tough for me. This is the most stressed out I’ve been pretty much ever. But one thing – actually two things- that have come out of it is that what I want and what I don’t want out of my life has been reconfirmed. Also, my sense of faith and belief in hope and the future has been reawakened. When you’re going through a tough time the only thing you truly have to hold on to is faith and the belief that life is transient and this too shall pass. I am still stressed out but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I think I will have some tough choices to make but that having the courage and the faith to make them is what will determine how authentic my life will be. I have been writing more and have reconnected with the joy of creativity which has been dormant for me to be honest. (Ameerah26, United States)
Joy is not…
…Something you can plan or strive for. It’s something that comes naturally when you aren’t trying at all. Joy comes from not caring and being up for anything!
Joy is having a good time. Most of the times when I have been the most joyous have derived from adrenaline. (Olivia94941, Australia)
Special thanks to all the fabulous ladies who have participated in this challenge!