Laura Hess
Creating Tomorrow’s Joy Today.

Finding Your Path to Joy and Happiness: A Personal Journey

Stepping into your encore years, you’re at a remarkable life stage. You have experiences, wisdom, and maybe a few unanswered questions about what’s next and what brings true fulfillment. Understanding the difference between joy and happiness can be crucial to your journey and help answer those questions. Let’s explore these concepts and see how they fit into your life.


Understanding Happiness – Your External Compass:

Happiness, in its essence, is like a reaction to the outer world. The feeling arises when life aligns with your desires or expectations. Think about the last time a wave of happiness washed over you. Perhaps it was during a family event, a personal achievement, or a simple, perfect day. Happiness comes from something external to you, like sunshine: bright and stimulating, yet not a constant presence.

As life has unfolded, you’ve likely noticed that happiness is often tied to specific moments, accomplishments, or external conditions. It’s that excitement during a celebration, satisfaction after completing a project, or the pleasure of a well-planned trip. Happiness is delightful when present but can be fleeting, shifting with life’s ever-changing circumstances.


Joy – Your Inner Sanctuary:

In contrast, joy is an enduring state that emanates from within. It’s a more profound, consistent feeling born from inner peace and contentment. Joy is the tranquility and strength you find in yourself, regardless of life’s unpredictability. It’s present in quiet moments of self-reflection, gentle appreciation of nature, or deep connection with a loved one.

Joy is like a quiet river that runs deep within you, offering resilience and peace. It doesn’t depend on external factors to exist; it’s a part of your inner being, a calm and steady presence that sustains you through various seasons of life.


Navigating the Interplay of Happiness and Joy:

In your life’s journey, you’ll find that happiness and joy coexist and complement each other. Happiness, with its exuberance and thrill, brings color and vitality to your days. Meanwhile, joy, with its profound and enduring presence, provides a foundation of peace and contentment.

As you move ahead, striking a balance between pursuing happiness and cultivating inner joy is vital. Engaging in activities that bring happiness is crucial — exploring new hobbies, traveling, spending time with family and friends, or engaging in community activities. These pursuits bring immediate pleasure and a sense of accomplishment.


Cultivating Joy from Within:

To nurture joy, focus on practices that enhance your inner peace and well-being. This might include mindfulness, meditation, or simply savoring the small joys of daily life. Embracing gratitude, appreciating the beauty around you, and maintaining a positive outlook can deepen your sense of joy.


Reflecting on Life’s Lessons:

In your encore, you have the advantage of hindsight. Reflecting on your experiences, both the triumphs and the challenges, can bring a deeper understanding of what truly matters. This reflection can help you find joy in your journey, appreciating the wisdom and strength you’ve gained in your life.


Building Connections:

Relationships often become more meaningful as you age. Deepening your connections with family and friends can be a source of both happiness and joy. Sharing experiences, offering support, and enjoying the company of loved ones can enrich your life immeasurably.


Embracing Change and New Beginnings:

Change is an inevitable part of life; your response to it can influence your happiness and joy. Embracing change, whether adapting to a new lifestyle after retirement or exploring new interests, can open doors to new sources of happiness and deepen your sense of joy.

Your life, a beautiful tapestry woven with various experiences, is a testament to the interplay of happiness and joy. As a woman in her encore years, you have the wisdom to appreciate the transient nature of happiness and the depth of joy. Balancing these two can guide you towards a life filled with light-hearted moments and a profound sense of well-being, fully embodying the richness of your journey. In embracing both, you find the key to a fulfilling and peaceful life marked by moments of delight and an enduring sense of inner harmony.



Dive into possibilities for your encore by booking a call with me to chart a course towards fulfillment and joy tailored for women 59+. Whether you’re contemplating a career shift, seeking renewed purpose, or curious about untapped potential, this conversation is your opportunity to revise your script. Book your free call today at, and let’s set the stage for the encore you deserve.

I look forward to connecting with you and exploring exciting possibilities.

This joy-filled journey is about more than just coping with changes – it’s about thriving!

If today’s blog post sparked the joy and insight you were seeking, we’d be thrilled if you could spread the JOY by sharing it on social media, emailing it to a friend, or leaving us a comment with your thoughts. We love hearing from you and … You never know whose day you might brighten!

I truly do believe that joy is more than just a feeling — it’s a vital nutrient for your soul. Just like how vitamins nourish your body, joy nourishes your spirit, uplifting your mood, sparking creativity, and filling your days with positivity (also known as “glimmers”). Imagine waking up every morning with a heart full of joy, ready to embrace each day’s possibilities. That’s the power of the joy vitamin.

Book a free call with me, Laura Hess, Master Coach and Joy Expert, and discover how you can infuse more joy into your life.

Let’s unlock the happiness that’s waiting to light up your world!




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