I prefer joy over happiness.
Happiness comes from happenstance. The root meaning to this word is ‘lucky’. The pursuit of happiness is too risky for me. It kind of implies that circumstances need to be just right.
Joy is different. Joy is radiance and radiance has a core. This core is deep inside of you. The question is what are we radiating? Do we have a joy that radiates from our core or are we troubled, hoping that circumstances will be just right one day?
You do not need to change any circumstance in your life in order to feel joy right now.
Here’s a simple exercise:
Take 3 deep breaths and let your shoulders drop. Smile (even if it’s fake). Remember a simple moment in your past where you experienced joy or laughter. Recall everything that you can about that experience and recreate that feeling of joy. Remind yourself that this feeling is always present and does not require anyone or anything to make it so. Practice this until you can just say the word “joy” and your heart feels lighter.
This is the core of who we are.
We are like suns. We radiate outward. We also receive but that is secondary to what we give.