Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… It’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.
Check out these joy quotes that will make you smile and convince you to put joy higher on your list of essential values.
Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. – Joseph Campbell
Life is a series of painful or joyful moments, which follow each other in an endless cycle. Whenever pain comes near us, our only salvation is to seek places of beauty, joy, and peace. Wherever there is joy, our souls can heal.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha
Joy has something very pure and innocent about it. It is a feeling that reminds us of the innocence of childhood and all its endless pleasures. A pure mind, open to the charm of the world, can find joy everywhere.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. – Mother Teresa
Souls who are capable of love are also capable of immense happiness and joy. Joy is the path that leads to both love and happiness. Once we devote ourselves to cultivating joy, we discover that we are surrounded by love.
If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. – Carlos Santana
Life gives us many reasons to be upset or sad, yet it is in our power to convert every negative moment into a beautiful memory, simply by deciding to express our inner joy and to let our joy take over the world. Joy is the cure to the sickness of the soul.
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… It’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. – Chuck Palahniuk
Besides the chances that life gives us or not, we are responsible for our own choices. If we want a life of joy, we need to make the choices that can lead us there. We need to be excited about our jobs or relationships otherwise, we cannot feel the joy of living.
Joy is the serious business of Heaven. – C. S. Lewis
We seek joy as it would be a magic potion and sometimes we connect it to different goals or achievements. The truth is that joy does not belong to the material, pragmatic world. It is the inner territory of our hearts, which we can visit whenever we want.
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. – Joseph Campbell
Our experience of the world is defined by the way we perceive things. We can choose to dwell on sorrows or to fight them through joy. We can decide to be miserable about the bad things or to focus our energy on celebrating the good things.
If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life. – Penny Marshall
Whenever we feel depressed because of our life circumstances, we must remember that it is in our power to change things. If life does not bring us joy anymore, we must seek activities or places where joy is still possible.
Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. – Emily Dickinson
Life has the potential to be amazing once we concentrate on deciphering all its wonderful subtleties, nuances, and details. If we pay attention, we can find joy and ecstasy in the most simple things or in the most usual experiences.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. – Khalil Gibran
There are people who are always grumpy, even when good things happen to them, while there are people who emanate joy and kindness, no matter the hardships they face. The secret is that people who spread joy receive even more joy instead.
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi
One of the richest sources of joy is getting totally immersed in an activity and putting all our soul and talent into it. The joy of creating or accomplishing something can give us an incredible boost of power.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Our joy gives birth to our smiles, yet sometimes our smiles have the power to summon joy into our lives. By smiling at the world we welcome joy and we multipĺy it. A smile is a shared joy.
To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. – Mark Twain
Joy is one of those treasures that, paradoxically, multiply whenever they are divided. When we share our joy, we don’t lose it but actually witness it grow stronger and bigger. That happens because, just like love, joy means connection and shared happiness.
Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. – Pierre de Chardin
The ability to feel joy is one of our greatest assets because it allows us to experience life as a marvelous adventure and the world as a friendly home. Joy refines our perception, making us receptive to the divine details of life.
Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… – Susan Polis Schutz
Joy is such a powerful feeling that it can rarely be communicated through words. Joy is better expressed through dancing, singing, laughing, or any other way that screams about freedom, passion, and happiness.
Comparison is the death of joy. – Mark Twain
Joy is a fragile feeling and unfortunately, our minds sometimes sabotage us. When our hearts are filled with joy, our brains might try sly tricks on us, such as making us compare our joy or achievements with someone else’s. There is nothing more damaging to joy than comparison.
A flower blossoms for its own joy. – Oscar Wilde
There are many lessons to learn from nature. For example, to seek the joy of achievements or growth not for impressing others, but for our own sake. Flowers don’t care if they admired, the joy of their beauty is the natural fulfillment of their destiny.
Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle. It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained. – Terry Pratchett
We recognize joy easily because it is like a current or a hurricane that turns our inner world over. Fun is a shallow state that dissapears at the same time with its source, while joy is a strong, independent, and very personal feeling.
Do good, live in the most positive and joyful way possible every day. – Roy T. Bennett
Life seems so complicated at times, but it takes to little to find simplicity and joy. Just by deciding to seek and to do good, to pay attention to each moment, and to cultivate positive thinking, we transform each day into a joy.
Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Some people seem naturally joyful, while others cannot even grasp what joy is. The ability to feel joy is a function of our hearts. When both our hearts and minds are open to the charming beauty of life, we unleash our inner joy.
There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go. – Frederick William Faber
One of the greatest things about joy is that it is contagious. Joyful people spread joy all around them, almost as if they would offer it as a gift. They see joy everywhere and they multiply it by their very own existence.
Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped. God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy. – Ann Voskamp
Joy is the measure of a happy and healthy life. It is not only a measure of our happiness, but also a measure of our empathy and selflessness, because it is a value that loses its power when we isolate it from others. Joy is our gift from God and the gift that we can give to others.
Optimists find joy in small things. They are more concerned with having many small joys rather than having one huge joy. – Robert M. Sherfield
The secret of happy, optimistic people is that they appreciate immensely the small joys of everyday life, making each day seem special. They don’t tie their joy to distant goals or achievements, but make the most of each moment.
Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself. – Mahatma Gandhi
Joy is often connected to success, but not as it should be. Joy does not belong just to winners, but to all those who try and fight, who put all their hearts into a project or a goal, just for the sake of bettering themselves and offering something to the world.
Joy is not in things; it is in us. – Richard Wagner
Most of us wrongly expect things to bring us joy and to make us happy. The truth is thst joy never comes from exterior, lifeless sources. It always lives in people’s hearts and we can only find it us or in those around us.
You have to sniff out joy. Keep your nose to the joy trail. – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Joy comes into our life as the exotic parfume of another world. We are attracted by it and we want it too. We need to train ourselves to recognize it and to make it persist. It will intoxicate us with happiness and it will attract wonderful people in our lives.
I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters. – Oprah Winfrey
Joy is not always festive or loud. It can manifest itself as a serene tranquility and inner calm, or it can translate into a feeling of meaningful harmony with the world. This is the joy that comes with wisdom.
The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. – Christopher McCandless
There are moments in life when, overwhelmed by stress and routine, we lose our joy. To fight these moments, we must seek new experiences and new lessons. Joy comes from novelty, passionate discovery, and curiosity.
The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
We see our lives as a series of milestones, counting keenly our victories and our failures. Our happy memories, however, are not made of these grand moments, but of the little joys that color our daily drudgery.
A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy. – Mother Teresa
Joy and love sustain each other endlessly. Hearts full of love emanate joy while joy speaks about love. Love gives us endless reasons to be joyful and makes us want to share the joy with the whole world.
Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends, but grief diminishes with every division. That is life. – R.A. Salvatore
There are many tips and tricks to life, and one of them is that if we want to keep our joy alive, we must share it with everyone we love. Joy is the channel that makes hearts communicate with each other and this connection is what helps joy grow.