Laura Hess
Creating Tomorrow’s Joy Today.

Understanding Joy and Happiness

As we enter our encore years, fulfillment becomes a major focus. This period, rich with experience and wisdom, invites a deeper exploration of two commonly interchanged concepts: joy and happiness. Understanding their nuances can be enlightening, especially for women transitioning into their encore years.

 

The Essence of Happiness:

Happiness is frequently tied to external circumstances or events. It’s that feeling of contentment when things go according to plan, like a successful family gathering or achieving a long-held personal goal. For many women 59 or older, happiness might stem from seeing their children thrive, enjoying the fruits of their careers, or embarking on a well-deserved retirement. Happiness is often measurable and influenced by our surroundings and achievements. It’s associated with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. However, it’s also often fleeting, depending mainly on what’s happening around us.

 

The Depth of Joy:

Joy, on the other hand, is more profound. It’s an inner state less dependent on external factors and more about internal fulfillment. Joy comes from a place of contentment and acceptance of life, with all its ups and downs. It’s a feeling that can persist even in the face of life’s challenges. For the 59+ woman, joy might be found in simple pleasures, like a quiet morning with a cup of tea, the laughter of grandchildren, or the satisfaction of personal growth. Joy is about harmony with yourself and finding peace in the present moment, regardless of life’s imperfections.

 

The Interplay Between Joy and Happiness:

While distinct, joy and happiness often intertwine. Joy can enhance your experiences of happiness, and happy moments can lead us to feel joy. However, the key difference lies in their source and sustainability. Happiness is like the waves on the ocean’s surface, visible and influenced by the wind, while joy is the deep, calm water beneath, stable and enduring.

 

Embracing Both in the Encore Years:

For women over 59, understanding and embracing joy and happiness can be a powerful approach to living your best life. You can pursue happiness through fulfilling activities, relationships, and accomplishments. Joy requires a deeper introspection and acceptance of yourself and life’s journey.

 

The distinction between joy and happiness becomes particularly poignant in the encore years. Happiness can be sought and cherished through the pleasures and successes of life, but joy is about cultivating an inner well-being that sustains through all of life’s seasons. For women in this stage of life, balancing the pursuit of happiness with the cultivation of joy can lead to a deeply fulfilling and meaningful existence characterized by peace of heart and moments of delight.

Join other women who want to live a life of joy and peace in our Facebook group; Your Encore is Now.

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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