Think about the experience of happiness v joy.
A new car, fully paid for, makes us happy. Spending time with dear ones makes us happy. Chocolate cake (or our favorite dessert) makes us happy. But eventually, the new car smell will wear off, our dear ones will have to go home, and we will have eaten all the cake.
In the book, Power, Freedom and Grace, Deepak Chopra says, “Joy is an internal state of consciousness that determines how we perceive and experience the world. The internal source of joy–our connection to our Creator, our source, our inner self–is the cause, while happiness is the effect.”
When we live in this foundation of joy, we can not judge by appearances, knowing that whatever is going on, there is always something more.
Click on the link to listen to my talk, “The Power of Joy.”