happiness vs. joy

I’ve attempted to, in brief, distinguish between happiness and joy:

Happiness comes from my love for pizza, bacon, and Diet Dr. Pepper.  Joy comes from God’s indescribable love for me.

Happiness involves the ability and opportunity to play soccer and climb rocks.  Joy is the ability to be content whatever my circumstances.

Happiness is enjoying an uninterrupted day with my wife and daughter.  Joy is enjoying an uninterrupted relationship with the Father.

Happiness is chased.  Joy is granted, and then grasped.

How do you describe the difference between happiness and joy?



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7 responses to “happiness vs. joy

  1. Ike

    “The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things, he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately, forever.”

    A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, page 20

  2. Happiness is the sound of my 1 push automatic espresso machine whirling into action every morning, packages from Adlibris.se, and my daughters telling me I am beautiful. 🙂

  3. woops. *but joy is my girls and guy telling me they love me 100 times a day.*

  4. Milynda

    Happiness is that heart leap when you see someone you love or when an unexpected blessing happens.

    Joy is when you get a glimpse of what God has in store for others and you don’t get angry, jealous or sad. But you get that secret smile that seems to only be shared between you and God. That spiritual fist bump.

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