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Joy is a matter of our soul, it runs deep into the core of us and radiates throughout all life.
Joy is the state of great delight or happiness through well-being.
When we feel joy, we don’t simply feel delight in one tiny piece of the world; we feel welcomed back in — connected once again to the whole.
In this sense, as many have said, the opposite of joy is not sadness, but isolation and disconnection. Joy doesn’t just make us feel happy; It restores relationship. And not just relationship to the world, but also to the Divine.
Theologian John Cobb describes God as “the all of everything.”

Joy places us within that whole not outside it. In this way, the experience of joy is very much also the experience of the Universal Spirit of Love.

“Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.”
– Barbara Kingsolver

“Joy” is based on the permanent and unshakable knowledge that in the big picture…..all will be well with your soul.

Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.

(Melba Colgrove)
Joy is more than happiness, it is enfused with peace and authenticity.

“I have committed myself to joy. I have come to realize that those who make space for joy, those who prefer nothing to joy, those who desire the utter reality, will most assuredly have it. In this cynical and sophisticated age, believe in joy.”

Richard Rohr

The poet Mary Oliver writes,
“Every day, I see or hear something
that more or less kills me with delight,
that leaves me like a needle
in the haystack of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,
to lose myself inside this soft world —
to instruct myself over and over in joy and acclamation.”

“True joy is harder to access and even harder to hold onto than anger or fear. Once you know that life and death are not two but are part of a whole, you will begin to view reality in a holistic, nonsplit way, and that will be the change that changes everything. No one can teach you this.”

Richard Rohr

Happiness is not another place, but this place. Not for another hour, but for this hour
– Walt Whitman

Here are some sites to inspire you to be happy and/or joyful:

On this day of your life I believe God wants you to know… that safety is not the thing you should look for in the future. Joy is what you should look for.
Security and joy may not come in the same package. They can…but they also cannot. There is no guarantee. If your primary concern is a guarantee of security, you may never experience the truest joys of life. This is not a suggestion that you become reckless, but it is an invitation to at least become daring.
Neale Donald Walsh

All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely. But dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don’t tiptoe.”
Shane Claiborne

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