What does Joyful mean?
Denyse’s prompt of JOYFUL for #lifethisweek made me stop and think about the differences between feeling joyful and feeling happy.
I admit I didn’t know how they were different, I just knew they were.
I did some research and found a few quotes that explained things:
Joy is an inner feeling. Happiness is an outward expression. A person pursues happiness but chooses joy.
Happiness is a destination, joy is an attitude.Source
Joyful moments to me are transient, meaning they come and go, but oh my, they are fabulous feelings. when they come.
This past week I’ve had a few joyful moments I thought I’d share with you.
Despite the outside temperature being 1 degree, inside the pool area the sun was glinting off the water making everything bright and shiny, plus it was nice and toasty warm.
It was a joyful experience taking my two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter to her weekly swimming lesson. She asked that Granny Deb take her in, but mummy had to come and watch. Another joyful moment was the instructor calling me ‘mummy’ in all the activities, despite me telling him I was her Granny – it’s the little things!
Joyful is the word I’d use to describe the feeling I had while I nursed my three-month-old grandson to sleep and cuddled him close to my heart for over 2 hours. Just as he was falling asleep, he was smiling and giggling at me and my heart nearly burst with love.
As I was hurtling down the hill on my bike the other day, singing at the top of my voice, I felt joyful and alive. The smile on my face couldn’t have been any bigger.
I then decided to tackle the single track in the forest behind our house and had another spine tingling ride!
My photos of the autumn colours in Tumbarumba, which I shared on my Deb’s World Facebook page have been seen by thousands, shared and commented on by many people I don’t even know. It’s a joy to share such beauty, let alone be fortunate to live amongst it!
A trip to the movies at our local intimate café/cinema, with the Mathematician, was a joy as we both thoroughly enjoyed watching Penguin Bloom. It’s been a while since we’ve been out to the movies! I had a remedial massage later in the day which was pure bliss!
Also being the first ones into an indoor play area and having the ball pit and slides all to yourself – what joy – even if you are 60 years old!
This quote is just perfect:
Happiness is like rising bubbles — delightful and inevitably fleeting.
Joy is the oxygen — ever present.Danielle LaPorte
What do you think?
While some of these were happy moments, the feeling inside was purely joyful, so to answer my own question, I now know there is a difference between feeling joyful and being happy. You don’t have to be happy to feel joy either.
What’s joyful in your life at the moment? I always enjoy hearing from you 🙂
Just a few thoughts for a Monday! By the way my friend Sue at Women Living Well After 50 has done a post and podcast about finding your happiness triggers – it’s well worth a look/listen!
PS. As I write this I am with the Mathematician and my sister-in-law, at my MIL’s house, starting the process of cleaning out her property as she passed away in December last year. It’s a big job, and not a fun job, and we know we won’t get it all done this week, we will have many more trips. It’s also got some joyful moments, discovering her keepsakes and remembering her in so many ways.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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