Are you lacking joy in your life? Do you wish you knew how to feel joy? Here are some definitions of joy and a few inspirational quotes that show the uniqueness and beauty of what it means to attain and to feel joy. 

Joy is a result of focusing on the right things.

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”
– Marianne Williamson

When we focus on the good things in life rather than the bad, we can find joy. There are many who understand the importance of gratitude and of being thankful no matter what kind of circumstances in which you find yourself.

Even though you might be having a bad day, there is most likely one thing you can find to be grateful for – even if it is something as simple as having clean water to drink. There is usually someone worse off than you are, so try to be thankful for the little things. When you are grateful, you live a more joy-filled life.

Joy is not the same as happiness.

“For happiness, one needs security but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Many people use the words joy and happy interchangeably as if both emotions were the same. Feeling joy and feeling happy is actually quite different. Feeling happy is usually only temporary and is often the result of something that happens externally.

For some people, happiness comes from hugging a friend or by eating a favorite dessert. These happy feelings usually do not last for very long. When one has joy, it can last for a lifetime, even in the midst of the storms of life.

Joy helps us to know we are on the right path in life.

“Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.”
– Mother Teresa

Many people have a sense they have a destiny in life and that they are here on this earth for a specific reason. When one finds the path on which they were meant to be, they can find true joy, even when that path is a difficult one. Find your purpose and you will find joy.