Recently in a conversation with a few friends we pondered the difference between joy and happiness. It turns out that some folks do not experience either happiness or joy. Perhaps the reason we may struggle to find joy is that we confuse joy with “feeling good.” But no amount of material things or stimulants can compensate for the lack of joy. There is a distinct difference between the two. Each of these are wonderful feelings to experience and each is different. Happiness is triggered by external things, or perhaps are based on what other people think, do, or say. Perhaps consider learning to foster true joy and let go of trying to be other than who you truly are, in the sure and certain knowledge that God loves each of us unconditionally. Listen for the difference in two good things.
by Kathryn Casper, OSB