Today we need to make an important distinction. The two words of happiness and joy are used synonymously but they imply very different things. One is positioned as the byproduct of something and perceived in a moment, and one is more focused on the state of being and the process. One of our time’s most eloquent speakers, Simon Sinek, recently shared his opinion on this.
Simon makes one other really good point. We can’t expect to live in a perpetual state of happiness. Happiness can only be appreciated when observed relative to hardship and challenges, which most definitely will exist in our lives. But joy is more enduring, and can be more consistent, because it’s the byproduct of an aligned and genuine life where you feel like you matter.