“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.” – Eckhart Tolle
Joy (aka happiness) is elusive, because we are often looking outside ourselves for it.
It only arises when we nourish and nurture ourselves, when we love and appreciate ourselves, when we express gratitude for the wonder of our life as it currently is, or when we choose to be happy from a place of absolute peace and calm.
Am I some kind of mystic guru with all the answers? Hells no. But I have learned these things to be true, and I’m writing this today to remind myself of the nature of happiness and joy.