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.