Dissecting joy

Author E.B. White once wrote: “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog.  Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

At the risk of killing off joy, I’d like to do a little dissecting.  I’ve been thinking about the experience of joy, but what exactly is it?  Is it similar to happiness or is happiness a subset of joy? 

My Webster’s Dictionary defines joy as: n. 1. a very glad feeling; happiness; delight 2. anything causing this.”  So is joy primarily an emotion, a feeling? 

I’d love to know your thoughts – what would say joy is?

  1. #1 by mom s. on July 2, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    To me joy is unexpected happiness.

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