Happiness vs. Joy

So. Here I am . . . first blog. EVER!

What to write is the question that lingers in my mind? I’ve never been the best writer or the most organized thinker. If I could put my mind on a page, you wouldn’t be able to understand the language of my thoughts. They are never clear, much like a cobweb. One would think that I’d be good at something like this. Blogging. I mean, I was an English major, but to put my thoughts on page has never been something I’ve devoted myself to. So, we will see how this plays out and where my words and thoughts go from here.



What is happiness? Where does one go to find it? According to webster, happiness is defined as “a state of well-being and contentment” and “a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” So, how does one obtain this contentment, this pleasurable or satisfying experience? Happiness, by definition, seems so temporary. Contentment, in my mind, demonstrates a temporary satisfaction. It’s a feeling that occurs when you have found pleasure in a moment, a conversation, a purchase, etc. However, happiness also as the vulnerability of another feeling or emotion taking over in an instant. Happiness reminds me of the farmer in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23) when the farmer planted his seed on rocky grounds. The plants grew quickly because of shallow soil, but when the sun rose, the plants shrivelled and died because there were no roots. Happiness, alone, does not have roots. It does not grow and it is not everlasting by itself. Therefore, you can search and search for happiness, but you will never find a happiness that lasts longer than the moment it is found.



What is joy? Where does one go to find it? According to webster, joy is defined as “a source or cause of great happiness.” Joy, by definition, is a source, a foundation for happiness and satisfaction. It is not defined as the emotion of happiness but the root of happiness. It seems that in order to have a happiness that lasts, you must find the source of that happiness. Joy feeds happiness. Without joy, you cannot be happy. In the NIV Bible, the word “joy” is written roughly 218 times, and as joy is the source of true happiness, the Bible is a source to grow in our relationship with God. The Bible is a reference that leads to knowledge of an everlasting happiness, but without that reference, how would we understand having a relationship with God? Pastors use the Bible as a source. Theologians use the Bible as a source. Christians use the Bible as a source to stand for Jesus, while those who do not believe, use the Bible as a source to stand against Jesus. A foundation is needed for everything one does, says, and believes. Like the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23) when the farmer planted his seeds in good, rich soil, the plants grew and crops were harvested by the hundreds. In order for those seeds to flourish, they must have a source of nutrition in which they can grow roots that will be the foundation of healthy crops.

So. Is there a difference between happiness and joy? How does this difference apply to my life as a person and a follower of God?

Yes. There is a great difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is temporary. Joy is steadfast and stable. In my own personal and spiritual life, in order for me to be fulfilled and happy, I have to obtain that joy that I feel can only be found through the love and acceptance of my Savior. With the foundation of my Christian faith as well as my belief in and relationship with God, I am able to obtain happiness here in this life. If I did not have that joy, that source of fulfillment, I would not be able to experience the happiness this life has to offer.

I find my happiness in dancing, cooking, spending time with family, and much more, but a major happiness in my life is baking, specifically cakes and pies. When I bake, I find peace, happiness, relaxation, meditation, time for myself, and most importantly time with the one who blessed me with this gift, Jesus Christ.

I encourage you to find your joy so that you will be able to experience all the happiness that life has to offer you! There is no satisfaction in a temporary happiness, but happiness with joy as its roots will never be lacking:

“There’s a little flame inside us all

Some shine bright, some shine small

The rains will come and the waters rise

But don’t you ever lose your light

In this life you will know

Love and pain, joy and sorrow

So when it hurts, when times get hard

Don’t forget whose child you are

This little light of mine

I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine

I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine”

–This Little Light of Mine (Addison Road)

In closing, I would like to introduce you to my website so that you may get to know what brings me happiness as well as get to know more about me.