Joy or Happiness?

26 Apr

Joy and happiness are wonderful feelings to experience, but are very different. Joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. It comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are, whereas happiness tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts and events.

by Psychologies

Those ideas from the named website got me to ask myself, “Do we confuse the two?” I think maybe I interchange the words and perhaps that is a mistake.

In my own little world I think I mostly speak of happiness even when I mean joy. If I buy into the words above offered by the Psychologies web page, joy should be deeper, stronger, something that saturates our being rather than just making our heart skip a beat.

Seeing the robin nesting in a shrub in my back yard makes me happy. Seeing sunshine first thing in the morning after a preceding day of rain makes me happy. Chocolate makes me happy. Going out for ice cream makes me happy. But wait, do those things also bring me joy?

I Googled this inquiry: What does the Bible say about happiness?

There were many verses that came to the pages for me to peruse, but admittedly the word *happy* was not often utilized in scripture. The verses usually expressed joy.

John 15:11

“These things have I spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

Psalms 126:5

“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

Nehemiah 8:10

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Interestingly, when the word HAPPY is used Biblically, it is often interchanged with the word BLESSED. Consider the Beatitudes—depending on the version or interpretation we read, it may say Happy are those…or Blessed are those…

Does this debate stir ideas for you? If so, please share in the comments below. If not, perhaps you will just hold the debate in your heart and that makes me feel…GLAD!

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