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?