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My mother named me Joy because she wanted me to remember to always be joyful even when life is not going well. People use the words "happiness" and "joy" interchangeably, but they are not the same. Joy is more full, more lasting than happiness. When you listen to a comedian or watch a hilarious movie, you feel happiness in that moment. Joy is deeper and more profound. I never realized what true joy was -- what my name really meant -- until I gave birth to my first child and held her in my arms. From there, my joy only increased. As she learned to walk, went to school, graduated from college, got married, and had children of her own, my understanding of joy increased. Now, as I continue to age, my joy is so great that I must share it with others.

By megs, July 30, 2017.
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"Charlie, without joy every sweet thing is bitter; cake is guilt, wind is cold, rain is depressing. With joy they are uplifting; cake is rich, wind is refreshing, rain is cleansing. Every small thing in life is a moment able to nourish the soul if we let joy in. Live with awe, humbleness, present in each moment and the gifts of life will fill you to the brim, so much that your joy will overflow and make better the lives of all around you."

By Angela Abraham (daisy), August 14, 2017.