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What is the difference between and Happiness and joy?

  1. Cellebrate! profile image73
    Cellebrate!posted 7 years ago

    What is the difference between and Happiness and joy?

  2. juneaukid profile image79
    juneaukidposted 7 years ago

    I would say that happiness can be a state of being as opposed to joy which is momentary. "What a great joy it was to see the Nerw York skyline."

  3. L. Spikes profile image89
    L. Spikesposted 7 years ago

    I think that joy is an intense subcategory of happiness. I notice that joy is usually an extreme reaction to a specific thing or activity, and it is a mood which is much harder to sustain than happiness. There is a more blatant outpouring of emotion involved, and this has a tendency to have a much bigger influence on others. Those who can maintain a lasting state of joyfulness are truly blessed and usually a blessing to others.

  4. Lady Wordsmith profile image81
    Lady Wordsmithposted 7 years ago

    I think that if you tried to maintain a state of constant joyfulness, you would be doing yourself some damage!  Joy is usually a reaction to an event or occurence, and probably involves increased heart rate and a surge of adrenalin (I'm no expert, I'm just going on what joy means to me). 

    Happiness is a state that can be maintained very easily, and would be preferable to a state of constant joy (to me) because it can be calm, it can be all-pervading and is easily recognisable.  If I lose sight of my happiness I am familiar enough with it to be able to locate it again very quickly.  I can't locate joy in the same way.

    Joy is something that I experience unexpectedly.  Happiness is something that I experience daily through choice - I choose to be happy, but other people tend to be the one's who bring me joy.

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    Butch Newsposted 7 years ago

    Joy is a bit like a good sneeze.  It relieves anxiety and/or gives you a rush of some kind of relief, while happiness is a state of being that is not so ephemeral as joy.

    Seems to be a lot of fine lines in life.

  6. Monisajda profile image73
    Monisajdaposted 7 years ago

    I can jump of joy but happiness is something more of an inner feeling, being content. Joy seems to be short lived and temporary.

  7. Mark Upshaw profile image60
    Mark Upshawposted 7 years ago

    Happiness springs forth from an event while joy springs forth from the soul in realization of who one is.

  8. Ashantina profile image61
    Ashantinaposted 7 years ago

    Heres your answer:
    Happiness is fulfilment through circumstance.. joy is fulfilment through faith!

  9. Dennis Pace profile image60
    Dennis Paceposted 7 years ago

    Happiness is temporary,  Joy can be forever

  10. rishi-bhrigu profile image55
    rishi-bhriguposted 7 years ago

    happiness is what you get from human attachments,they are fleeting and do not last,joy is divine and everlasting.

  11. Kavita Martin profile image59
    Kavita Martinposted 7 years ago

    I think happiness is a state of mind,while joy is good sense.


  12. Reptarking17 profile image61
    Reptarking17posted 7 years ago

    Happiness is achieved by having joy outweigh grief.

  13. bride-pride profile image57
    bride-prideposted 7 years ago

    My personnel  thinking is  like that :-

    Joy  and Happiness are both almost represent similar semantics. And i think Joy lasts for some moment or we can say that for few moments  but happiness means a bit longer.  Joy is  for short  term and happiness is for long terms.

  14. Wayne Brown profile image83
    Wayne Brownposted 7 years ago

    In many ways I guess you could say they are one and the same. On the other hand, I see happiness as a continuous state of mind.  I see joy as a celebration.  I think even a depressed person can experience joy but not necessarily find happiness.  Happiness is a destination and joy is just an experience on the road to getting there. WB

  15. revmjm profile image87
    revmjmposted 7 years ago

    Happiness depends on what's "happening" around you. It is external and the circumstances are temporary.

    Joy depends on what's on the inside of you. It is internal and real joy doesn't depend on temporary happenings around you

    According to Galatians 5:22 joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit but not happiness.

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    angela woodleyposted 7 years ago

    happiness what you feel in your heart and joy is when you express your feeling toward person.

  17. pylos26 profile image75
    pylos26posted 7 years ago

    happyness is subtle...joy is not subtle.

  18. Kurant82 profile image62
    Kurant82posted 7 years ago

    Happiness is something you experience for yourself as a person on a daily basis, it is being content with your life. Joy is a temporary emotion you feel when you hear good news, or when your favorite team whens, or when you are reunited with a loved one.

  19. moneycop profile image77
    moneycopposted 6 years ago

    happiness is an intense feeling and a call from soul while joy is the state of being happy within.