Joyfulness is an inner wellspring of peace and happiness. It is beyond the ordinary happiness because it is not an occasional emotional reaction to luck or circumstances. It is a deep sense of wellbeing that fills us with delight and hope. We appreciate the gift of life, and savor its richness. We enjoy simple pleasures. We find the humor in things. We allow joy to carry us through the painful times. We take ourselves lightly and remember to play. Joy comes when we are being true to a soulful purpose. It gives us an abiding sense that all is well.

In Family Life

Joy is a remarkable sentiment that radiates and thrives within the realm of family life. It possesses an infectious nature that permeates through the hearts of loved ones, manifesting itself in the form of laughter, warmth, and shared experiences. The practice of joy within the family unit goes beyond fleeting moments of happiness; it becomes a way of life, a constant thread interwoven into the fabric of daily existence.

Within the embrace of family, joy flourishes like a field of wildflowers in full bloom. It is not confined to grand celebrations or extraordinary events but is found in the simplest of gestures and everyday interactions. Joy manifests itself in the laughter that resounds through the corridors of the home, the impromptu dance parties that bring family members closer together, and the shared meals that nourish not only the body but also the soul.

The practice of joy in family life requires conscious effort and a willingness to appreciate the small moments of beauty and wonder. It is the act of finding delight in the mundane, such as a child’s gleeful laughter or the warmth of a hug exchanged between siblings. It involves creating a positive and nurturing environment where family members feel safe to express their emotions and share their joys and triumphs.

Furthermore, the practice of joy entails cultivating gratitude for the presence of loved ones in our lives. It involves acknowledging and cherishing the unique qualities and strengths that each family member brings, fostering an atmosphere of acceptance and love. Celebrating achievements, milestones, and even ordinary successes becomes an essential part of the joy-filled family experience.

The practice of joy is not without challenges, as families may face hardships and adversity along their journey. However, it is during these times that the practice of joy becomes even more vital. Joy allows families to find solace in one another, to lend support, and to navigate difficulties with resilience and optimism. It is a reminder that even amidst the storms of life, there is always a silver lining to be found, and together, families can weather any storm.

Ultimately, the practice of joy within family life is a transformative and enriching experience. It creates lasting memories, strengthens bonds, and fosters an environment where love, laughter, and happiness can thrive. It is a choice to embrace the beauty and blessings that come with having a family, and to cultivate an atmosphere where joy becomes a natural part of the fabric of everyday life.


Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of influence.”   — Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p.109

“The family is where most of the joy comes from.” —Aiden Quinn

“Find ecstacy in life. The mere sense of living is  joy enough”  — Emily Dickenson

 The Practice of Joyfulness

  • I have a deep sense that life is good.
  • I enjoy the richness of life’s experiences.
  • I appreciate simple pleasures.
  • I am optimistic and hopeful.
  • I am in touch with my purpose.
  • I feel inner peace even when life is difficult.

“When it comes to family, happiness means letting go of perfection” –Unknown

“There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, there is only the discovery of joy.”  –Joyce Grenfell

Balancing Joyfulness

Joyfulness, a virtue that radiates inner peace and happiness, is a truly uplifting aspect of one’s character. To maintain a balanced and healthy sense of joyfulness, it’s essential to cultivate other virtues alongside it.

      • Gratitude: Cultivating gratitude reminds us to appreciate the beauty and abundance in our lives, grounding our joy in a deeper sense of contentment.
      • Moderation: Practicing moderation ensures that joy doesn’t become excessive or hedonistic, helping us maintain a stable and responsible approach to life.
      • Compassion: By embracing compassion, we remain connected to the struggles and challenges of others, allowing us to share our joy and support those in need.
      • Humor: A good sense of humor keeps our joy light and adaptable, enabling us to find laughter even in adversity.

Joyfulness, when in balance, is a powerful virtue that enhances our well-being and enriches our lives. 


Being Joyful

Have a good sense of humor.

Feel an inner peace even when things are tough.

Enjoy whatever you are doing.

Appreciate the gifts in your life and in yourself.

Reflection Questions

What gives you joy?

How can you practice joyfulness with things aren’t going well?

Name three activities that you enjoy.