Joy is not the same thing as happiness; it is something far deeper than that. Happiness comes from happenings or circumstances. Joy is different: it goes deeper. Joy is an inside job; joy is a fruit of the Spirit; it’s an attitude; a choice. Joy comes from knowing that you are unconditionally loved and accepted by God. Happiness is external; joy is internal. Happiness depends on outward circumstances; joy depends on inward character. Happiness depends on what happens to us; joy depends on who lives within us. Happiness is based on chance or circumstances; joy is based on choice.

Source: adapted from The UCB Word For Today , 9/2/2017