31 Days of Joy: Day 1- Joy Defined In 3 Words

(Author’s Note: Today is the first post in the blogging challenge 31 Days of 5 Minute Freewrites.  This month I will be writing about Joy. At OgleOhio you will find 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio.)


What is Joy?

After I started JoyReturns, someone asked me how I would define joy.  I said “Joy is happiness on steroids.” (This is the one time when steroids are a good thing.)

Since then I have come up with a drug-free definition.

Joy is a deeper, richer feeling residing in your heart. Unlike happiness it is not based on people, places, events or things.

I came across this quote from Ed Sullivan a couple days ago.

“If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers.” 

Ed Sullivan

Once I read this quote, the lightbulb went on over my head – joy is a spiritual feeling.

“What a feelin'” it is indeed!

May you be blessed with lots of joy today. 

Coming Tomorrow: 31 Days of 5 Minute Freewrites – Joy

This year I am joining  Barbie from My Freshly Brewed Life   for 31 Days of Five-Minute Freewrites.  


It is a yearly writing challenge done every October in conjunction with The Nester’s annual 31 Days Challenge.

Since this is my first year participating and since my blog is JoyReturns, I decided to write about joy for 31 days.

Every morning I will write a post in five minutes about joy and then publish it. There are a couple ideas for posts swimming around in my head but the rest of the posts, I am turning over to God.

It will be interesting to see where God takes me during these next 31 days.

Hopefully each post will help you increase the joy in your life.


Bonus:  Click on over to OgleOhio.com (my photography blog) for 31 days of Autumn in Ohio.

Movin’ and Groovin’ Monday: Joy

I know I just brought back Movin’ and Groovin’ Monday but it is going away again and tomorrow’s post will explain my change in plans.

Until then get your boogie shoes on and get dancing or should I say hoppin’. Today’s song will certainly pump you up so you have the necessary energy to tackle your grief, unemployment or any one of life other journeys.



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