What is joy? The dictionary says it’s a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. People tell me it’s what you feel when things are going your way. But what is true joy?
I started asking myself this question a few years back. What is true joy and where does it come from?
As I searched and learned I was helped along the way with books from my friend The Positive Mom. She gave the books she herself had been part of. the stories within these books were of people who were on journeys themselves. Journeys to find happiness, positivity and their inner light.
Journey to Joy
Women Living Consciously
Then this past month I discovered the book 30 Day to Joy.
About the Book
Joy is more than happiness. It is something you feel deep in your soul that stays with you even when circumstances get tough. With quotes and artistic prompts, this daily creative journal offers the deep, life-giving drink of joy that you need. Whether you are sketching a picture of a favorite activity, jotting down words that make you laugh, or spending time meditating on a Bible verse, you will find renewed joy in these fun and thought-provoking pages.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.
I loved this book. I thought the concept of a journal was brilliant. The fact that you can go through this book as quickly or as slowly as you want is great. Plus I like that it ask you think about each prompt. Along with each prompt is a place for you to write your thoughts or even doodle. It really tales you on a journey and by the end, it leaves you feeling good and smiling.
Did this book help me discover the true meaning of joy? Yes, I have learned that true joy is something that stays with you. It’s not a fleeting feeling but a deep in your soul feeling. It’s with you whether the times are good or bad. It is how you connect with yourself, the world and the higher power.
I’ve also learned joy is something you must work towards daily. You have to block out the negative and focus on the good.
What does joy mean to you?