Joy is that emotion defined by the Oxford dictionary as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” But it is so much more than that. While happiness is something that everyone pursues fervently, joy is that feeling of contentment that is permanently coupled with peace. You can’t have one without the other, but you can find both in the in-between. And joy brings happiness.
Between the rising of the sun and the setting of it there is a whole world in motion that sits on the periphery of our observations. When we slow down we notice these little things, the minute changes that may seem redundant, or those we may take for granted due to the pace at which we think we must live. But there are joyful moments all around us everyday if we just stop to look.
We often look for joy in the big things, like falling in love, the birth of children and grandchildren, celebrations, achievements, overcoming challenges, reunions and great trips afar. All those are great joys that are few and far between. Yet everyday between sunrise and sunset we get a chance to experience the little joys. Those simple little joys make life more meaningful regardless of our circumstance. At least that is how it works for me.
How about you? What is a little thing that you noticed today that brings you joy?
Watch this short video and experience two minutes of some of the little joyful things I noticed in the in-between.