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Happiness, Pleasure And Joy

Updated on August 23, 2009

Three Beautiful Much Sought After Experiences

Happiness, pleasure and joy, three similar yet not the same much sought after experiences. How similar are they? What is the difference or is there really a difference? Most important is what is the source to provide these beautiful aspects in life? How do we know if we have it? Is there a limit on the amount available and can we afford it?

Step by Step, Enter A State Of Being

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What Is Happiness, Pleasure and Joy?

Pleasure is an immediate satisfaction, It is a delight to take it, give it, seek it, request it or afford/buy it. Pleasure is gratification or satisfaction. Pleasure can be a "source" of joy.

Happiness is a pleasurable satisfaction. Happiness is a state of well being and contentment brought about by good fortune, prosperity, luck or chance, it can just occur.

Joy is an experience of great "pleasure" or delight. Joy is the state of being happy.

Happiness, pleasure and joy are connected, it is like a staircase, one step leading to another. Each experience or event occurring one after another, without the first two steps the landing cannot be reached. Until the top level is achieved at which point we can "enter" into a state of being.

Differences and Similiarities

. Pleasure occurs and can bring happiness and joy. Happiness occurs and can bring pleasure and joy. Joy cannot occur without levels of pleasure and happiness already in existence, because joy is an expansion of experience and state of being from pleasure and happiness.

Pleasure can go from a very short lived level of satisfaction to an intense and lasting experience of "great" joy. Happiness can go from a short lived experience of contentment and satisfaction to the intense and lasting state of "being" happy, which in short, is what joy is.

What is The Source Of Pleasure?

Pleasure is on the physical and material manifestation level. Pleasure can be touched, and seen. Pleasure can be bought, traded and sold.

Pleasure can be derived from physical encounters with others. Pleasure can be experienced from material possessions such as homes, cars, boats and the myriad of other possessions accumulated. These are pleasurable experiences that tend to be short lived, providing immediate satisfaction, yet always leaving an empty space in the immediate future to be filled with another immediate satisfaction experience. Never fulfilling or reaching a level of joy. These pleasures can however, bring happiness, a more short lived state of being that can go from moment to moment just like the source of immediate, yet not long lasting satisfaction.

Pleasure can also be derived from experiences, giving a gift, receiving a gift tangible or otherwise. Pleasure can be experienced from observing something outside of ourselves, a movie, a walk in a garden, children and family. Pleasure can be experienced from employment and jobs. More pleasure is obtained by giving, receiving, observing and doing versus the pleasure of having, the more durable it becomes. Each event and experience bringing about resultant happiness and eventually developing into full blown joy.

What Is The Source Of Happiness?

Happiness is found in between the tangible physical level and the energy of spiritual emotion. Happiness is a feeling or emotion that is expressed and explained by physical tangible events.

Happiness is the emotional experience from physical pleasure choices, it is as fleeting or as long lasting as the pleasure itself. Short bursts of happiness, always waiting to be filled with the next burst can become exhaustive and create an appearance that happiness is elusive. Happiness on this level of pleasurable experience is why it has been said we have to "pursue" it, as if it is running away from us, always one step ahead.

Happiness resulting from pleasurable choice experiences obtained by giving, receiving, observing and doing is durable, long lasting. With an accumulation of these pleasures in life, the resultant happiness becomes a continuum, no longer pursued but now possessed. This level of happiness is the source of the State of Being Happy which is by definition...Joy!

What Is The Source Of Joy?

Joy is a pure energy of spiritual emotion. Joy is a state of being that is elevated above all physical and tangible events.

The source of joy is pleasure and happiness, choices made on both of those steps that brings the experience of joy into our lives. Lasting investments made for pleasure, not based on things that erode, get lost and can be taken from us. Investing in pleasurable events that bring lasting happiness, resulting in JOY!

Joy is the resultant effect of the physical pleasures and happiness we choose along our journey of life.

En-Joy-ing The Experience and the Jo urne y

Joy is en the Journey! By choosing our pleasures carefully and cultivating the happiness, joy is achieved and can be a constant "state of being".

To learn more about what the steps, choices and options look like to experience more of the joy in the journey, read the suggested titles below.

The Energy of Emotions

Exercise to Expand your Mind, Body, Soul Experience

Speaking The Language Of Unconditional Love

Gratitude And Appreciation

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      advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

      Awesome subject and subject matter in this wonderful hub. emohealer.

      I great the greatest sense of happiness from watching my kids do cute things, hugging my kids, seeing babies and puppies and kittens, and watching comedians.

      I also get a lift finding good bargains on things we need....

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Excellent response advisor4qb! That happiness can evolve into the experience and fulfillment of joy, keep en joying the journey!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, emohealer, for this. It reinforced my belief in Buddhism. I see that pleasures are short-lived and transient, providing only temporary satisfaction. Great hub.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      dohn121,

      Thank you, pleasures can be short lived and transient, but if they are worthy pleasures, they are sources of joy which is meant to be experienced. En-joy your journey to joy!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Until I read this hub, I never gave a thought to the three words being different. I would always interchange them within the same context. Now before I use them that way, I will always think back to this hub and the meanings that you applied to all of them. Thanks emohealer for a well thought out hub.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      fastfreta, I am always loooking for understanding of meanings. I have heard it said we are meant to have joy, that sounds like good thing to have...Thank you for your appreciation of this hub,and may you find the joy in your journey

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      Universal Laws 7 years ago from UNIVERSE

      Another great hub and love your steps! I was given the reminder all my life about achieving the state of joy, for my parents, who in no way reflected this state themselves gave me "Joy" as my middle name!!!! Oh what joys and lessons we choose for ourselves before we incarnate.

      Namaste

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Universal Laws,

      That is soooo cool your middle name being Joy. What a gift. thanks for sharing that gift here. So glad you like my steps, I had fun staining them... or were you referring to the process of arriving at joy, either way, Thank You!

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

      Can intangibles ever be described in words? And yet, you've done a great job! :)

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      Om Prakash Singh 7 years ago from India, Calcutta

      Again Deepak Chopra was speaking!! How can you just explain such simple things in such a detail. You are a talent! Joy, Happyness and pleasure were all synonyms to me but now they seem so different. Each of them have their own meaning! Thumbs up!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Feline Prophet,

      Your compliment is much appreciated, that is what I aim for, a guided imagery. Thank your for your visit and kind words, truly hoping you experience the joy in your journey!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      packerpack,

      I humble myself to your words my friend, Thank you for letting me know I accomplished my intention with the message and information I am sharing. Keep letting your light shine and experience each meaning, Thanks!

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      Universal Laws 7 years ago from UNIVERSE

      I was talking about the lovely colourful physical steps!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Universal Laws:

      Thank you very much! It really was a lot of fun staining them and it is marvelous colour therapy day in and day out....the deer, fox and rabbits appreciate it too. I began to assume then realized it was a bit presumptious, I appreciate you coming back to clarify!

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      emohealer, thanks for the clarifications. I wish you continued pleasure, happiness and joy.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you so much DynamicS that is the most beautiful response I could receive, you have sent my gift back to me and enhanced it, I will. To you also, much pleasure, happiness and joy, may your journey be full of the utmost joy!

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      Scott.Life 7 years ago

      Thanks that was a fresh read and very interesting. I will be reading more of your stuff.

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      Alexander TG 7 years ago

      Its amazing that there are actually explanations for these types of things, nice hub.

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      Lisa J Warner 7 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      COOL and I love the stairway!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Scott.Life,

      I appreciate your visit here as well as your reply, so glad you ejoyed it, I look forward to your feedback on other hubs. En-joy, and Thanks!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Alexander TG,

      Thank you for en joying. There are actually explanations and these beautiful experiences are affordable and available, may you find yours on the highest levels possible in your life experience!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Lisa Luv,

      So, glad you enjoyed the read...as well as the stairway, very therapeutic in advancing to higher levels of joy experience. En-joy your jo urne y, at its very best and thank you for expressing your appreciation!

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      Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

      I love the way you wrote this. Excellent hub. I never thought about the staircase before. Wonderful read.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      From you, Useful Knowledge, I am humbled from the compliment. So glad you appreciated the form of presentation...Continue enjoying your journey as I know you already do and thanks for shining your light here!

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      EdenvaleShoppes 7 years ago

      Wonderful Hub!! Thanks..

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Edenvale Shoppes,

      Thank You! So glad you enjoyed it!

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      Abhishek Kumar Sadhu 7 years ago from India

      A very good hub on happiness...

      see my webpage on happiness...

      http://sadhuism4salvation.blogspot.com/

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you very much Sadhuji for appreciating this hub as well as sharing a place to grow more happiness!

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      M. Rose 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great breakdown of these similar but different principles! Being constantly joyful would be awesome...something we could all strive towards. There's no reason not to enjoy life! I love all the positive topics you write about- it's great for a boost in my day :)

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you so much M. Rose...your positive comments just did the same for me with a great boost for the day. So glad it gave yours a boost, I am not all the way there yet, but I am enjoying the journey and striving to be constatnly joyful as I truly believe it is achievable. Thanks!

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      mattn78 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your ideas...

      Cheers!!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      mattn78,

      You are welcome and thank you for appreciating them!

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      SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

      You are a true master of definition and clarity my dear! As usual, another wonderful hub! I've heard people say they just want to be happy, yet didn't seem to have a clue what that meant. From now on, I'll share your hub whenever I hear that :) In joy and gratitude, keep on sharing your light!

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      rcisophie 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Hi! I loved you door steps :)First of all it was a good topic because usually people don't stop to think and realize that those 3 things are not 1 - and so some keep going just after pleasures trying to reach happiness. But its true - pleasures are related to sensitive (all that as matter) and so also with a proper duration. Happiness as a state of feeling and being depends more on the subject/person itself than on the external events.

      It makes me remind Aristote, he also discusses happiness, but there it would be almost impossible for someone to know if he had a happy life because: only before dying he would evaluate all his life and get a conclusion and even so his happiness would also be related to his descendents life and happiness... huf

      Several centuries had gone and at least we learned that happiness is not a goal to run after is a state of being and awareness, in almost all cases naturally present - maybe in most cases we just need to stop a while and see it :)

      (ups, sorry this was a bit too long)

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      SEM Pro,

      Bless you and thank you for the kind words! Share, share, share, not only the hub, but the happiness, pleasure and joy. Continue to shine your light so brightly and shine it on my hubs anytime. Thank You!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      rcisophie,

      Thank You! Not too, long, just right, you said everything that you had to say and I appreciate every word. Glad you liked the steps as well. The story and addition of Aristotle, very nice! Keep shinging your light so brightly!

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      DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Thumbs up for a well-written and thought out hub. It really broke down the differences in these three principles nicely. I started a new Christmas tradition last year. I highlight one theme for the entire season, then carry it through the year, focusing on that principle or trait all year long. Last Christmas the theme was JOY, and we decorated our tree with ornaments that had the word joy in them, decorated with joyful adornments, and started a Christmas Joy journal. Throughout the year, joy continues to be our theme, and I have found poems, stories, pictures, plaques, quotes, and so much more to keep the theme alive in our home and our lives. I have learned a great deal about joy through this experience. This Christmas, the theme will be PEACE, which is actually related in so many ways. But, I digress. Sorry to be so long winded, it's just that your hub really spoke to me. Thanks for sharing your talent and insight with us!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      DoodleLyn,

      please be long winded, I am so glad it spoke to you and you shared such wonderful inspiration. What a great idea with a theme not only for the season, but for the entire year. I am sure this had a huge impact on your lives and I would love to read the hub about the results from such a beautiful share experience. Thank you so much for appreciating the hub as well as your own joyful experiences!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Some people just have the gift of words to explain things when we find ourselves at a loss for words...you are one of them my dear friend sue, emohealer! :) It is a pleasure knowing you as it brings me happiness to learn from you. May joy fill our lives to overflowing. :) Love and light and blessings to you...

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      DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Hadn't thought of doing a hub about it, but perhaps I will. Don't know if it's enough, but I'll see what I can do. Thanks for the suggestion. Blessings.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Michelle

      Bless you, and thank you, you know how to spread joy in everything you say and do, my hear filled with it joy as I read your beautiful response in prose. Let your light continue to shine ever so bright that others may continue to enjoy the joy you share!

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      Godslittlechild 7 years ago

      Great hub! The things in my life that give me the most joy are the things that no amount of money could purchase.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Godslittlechild,

      Truer words have never been said, money is usually useless for the things that provide the most lasting and fulfilling JOY! Thank You and InJoy the JOurneY! Love and Light!

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Very insightful hub, thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Ladybird33:

      It brings me great joy to know that you appreciated this hub. Joy is meant to be a shared experience, thank you for enJOYing the journey with me!

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      jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thanks for explaining What Is Happiness, Pleasure and Joy in simple language.

      Nice hub, Keep posting

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      jacobkuyyyta,

      Thanks for reading and appreciating the possibilities that life is simple and happiness pleasure and joy are not one, but 3 wonderful things in our lives...open the door, it is all yours too. Love and Light to you jacob!

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      outdoorguy38 7 years ago from Brookings,Oregon

      I could not agree more with this hub. I have always felt this way, and you have put those feelings into words for all to interpret. Wonderful job of explaining the differences and I pray that some day we may all be able to experience the height of joy! Great job, and thanks for the kind words on my hubs.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      outdoorguy38,

      I really like that name! The kind words I shared were inspired by you. Thank you for en-JOY-ing and reaching for the top of the steps. We will all meet there one day and how glorious, thank you for taking the JOurneY with me!

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      floating mind 7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Right on! I found this hub a pleasure to read. I intend to read more of your hubs. Thanks!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      floating mind,

      How very nice of you! So glad you en-JOYed,this one and hope that you enjoy and appreciate the others as much. Love and light to you on your JOurneY, thanks for stopping by and leaving your additions here!

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      Cleanclover 7 years ago from Piece of land!

      emohealer, tell me what is joy? Is it excitement?, contentment?, satisfaction? What is it ? I have been asking this to myself for quite some time now.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Cleanclover,

      What interesting questions and I suppose all of us have them or we wouldn't write about it so much and it wouldn't seem so elusive to us. Joy is excitement, contentment, satisfaction and so much more all rolled into one huge emotional explosion within us. Have you ever had a near miss accident or received something you really wanted but didn't expect, maybe even the birth of a child? Remember how you felt afterwards...The intense gratitude, appreciation, relief, all of those strong emotions exploding inside of you all at once. That is the very beginning of what joy "feels" like. That is the beginning of what joy is. Remember not just the experience, recapture how you felt at those moments and feel it again, you will feel yourself smile not just on your face but inside too. Now, keep that feeling and just focus on that feeling and it will expand and grow inside of you. Joy is not a place a description or achievement. It is a state of be-ing, feeling and experiencing. Doing this often exercise often and retaining the feeling for longer periods of time incerases the experience and then it begins to reflect into our daily humdrum, everything appears brighter on the outside because you are feeling joy in the inside and radiate that to your everyday experience.

      Thank you for asking as it provides me opportunities to further explore these experiences a well. Find, feel and radiate the Joy and the light within you..Love and Light Sue

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      drcrischasse 7 years ago from NH/Foxboro

      I agree with Sue wholeheartedly. Great article

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      aefrancisco 7 years ago from somewhere down the road

      Nice hub. Keep it up!

      What I thought was just one - is diversified. It's amazing!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      drcrischasse,

      Awesome you agree with Sue...that is me...I take great joy and pleasure in being agreed with...Thank You! So glad you enJOYed the article, I really enJOY yours as well! Let Your Light Shine, Sue

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      aefrancisco:

      Thank You, you said a lot with a few words....I appreciate the depth of that sharing! Continue to put Joy in your JOurneY and let your inner light lead the way!

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Sue, this is spiritual gold! I have en-JOY-ed every bit of it! The most wonderful aspect of this hub is showing us that we CAN achieve, we CAN decide, it doesn`t depend on others because we CAN choose.

      Thank you for sharing, my good friend!

      warmest of regards and millions of blessings from the universe and the Great Architect for you,

      Al

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Al, You humble me at every corner and bend in the JOurneY! Everyone gets something different from the same words, what you got from this inspires me....because we CAN and it IS our Choice!

      Bless you my friend, I appreciate the shimmer from your light....I feel the blessings you have sent and the warmth the bring me inside!

      May you continue to feel the warmth and JOY in your JOurneY

      Much Love, Sue

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I just finished writing a hub on joy and while I was clicking the hublinks for certain words, your hub came up on the list. It is with gladness that I chose your hub to link to the word JOY. Hahahahah So nice to be connected with you in this space called joy. Hugs to you my dearest friend...joyous journey be yours today. :)

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      What a JOY!!!!! I enjoyed and appreciated the hub you just wrote, absolutely beautiful!!!!! What a pleasure and a joy that this beautiful hub came up in your search, it has continued to inspire me. What JOY as we learn and share it together. Hugs in return and a joyous journey for you also each and every day! Much Love and Light

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      soumyasrajan 7 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Nice article, ideas and picture. Enjoyed it, emohealer!

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      ANANYA SHARMA 6 years ago

      THANXxxxxxxxxxxxxxx nice service..........

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      How wonderful, a very useful meditation hub here. Thanks!

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      Rett 2 years ago

      To me, i think joy is defined as the quality and quantity of positive stimulation in a specific amount of time.

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      Sioux Ramos 16 months ago from South Carolina

      Very well put .. so hard to quantify with words .. yet you have done so well

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