“When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.”
– Marianne Williamson
Joy is defined as the emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune, or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.
I know when I’m centered in joy, as Marianne Williamson puts it, I feel in the flow, time stands still, I feel excited and at peace at the same time. It’s wonderful, joyous! But it can be elusive when I’m looking for it – when I am trying to find joy.
Part of the definition of joy: the prospect of possessing what one desires – I believe is vital. The prospect of possessing – is operative here.
In this fascinating and important TED talk, Michael Norton discusses “buying joy or happiness.” In it he describes that people believe that the prospect of possessing things will bring them joy – but that in reality, it remains elusive. And instead, that people find joy instead by giving to others.
Please let me know what you think of this TED talk – (you can leave a comment by clicking on the speech bubble at the top of this post.)
And I’d love to hear about how you find joy.