We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t’were his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Compiled by Tina Yuliani, Contributing Editor of Inspirational Woman Magazine