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Choosing Joy.

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full ~John 15:11

I have found that happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense Joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, flourishing and well-being. It can also be said that Joy can be a core value and that Heaven conducts its most serious business in an atmosphere of Joy. Joy brings a heavenly atmosphere, into the reality of our daily lives, and this triumphant Joy brings victory in every circumstance. ...

Joy, as a spiritual quality, lasts forever. We always have it. Having joy includes feeling good cheer and a vibrant happiness. But joy, in its fuller, spiritual meaning of expressing God's goodness, involves more. It is a deep-rooted, inspired happiness.

I believe that Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of our life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”

Joy is a gift of the Spirit.

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit, according to Chapter 5 of the Epistle to the Galatians: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. ...

Why is Joy important in life?

Research shows that joyful people experience less chance of having a heart attack, lower cholesterol, decreased stress levels and longer lives. Joy is imperative for boosting our resilience and wellbeing. It gives us the strength and energy we need to do our important work in the world. We feel Joy in our bodies because of the release of dopamine and serotonin, two types of neurotransmitters in the brain. Both of these chemicals are heavily associated with happiness (in fact, people with clinical depression often have lower levels of serotonin.)

Joy brings many benefits to our daily and spiritual lives. Joy is a far more dynamic force than most of us realize. It has the power to reignite our passion for laughter and celebration. It can free us to rise above endless demands as we become more content and thankful. It can change unchangeable circumstances and bring a peace rooted in the remarkable love of God. There’s a deeper power and purpose to this mighty virtue. When you feel stuck in the rut of discouragement, there’s no greater gift than rediscovering joy.

Coach Sharon

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