Last week I watched a video that really resonated with me. It was on seven simple ways to achieve happiness, based on research from Harvard.
It got me thinking… I am a happy person. But to be more specific, I have joy in my life. Which doesn’t mean I’m happy all the time. I’m content because I have a life filled with joy, even when things aren’t going right.
I used to use the terms joy and happiness interchangeably. But these words have different meanings.
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.
HAPPINESS: tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts, and events.
Buying a new pair of shoes or going to a trendy restaurant makes me happy. But it doesn’t give my life meaning.
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