Every step and every breath can be an opportunity for joy and happiness.

Outward attainment will not bring real inner joyfulness. We must look inside.

The Buddha saw that our thoughts, emotions, and actions are the primary sources of our suffering. Equally, our thoughts, emotions, and actions can be the source of our joy and freedom.

Joy plays a crucial role in our motivation, especially in sustaining motivation over a prolonged period of time.

Next time when you see someone being kind see if you can notice how you instinctively react. Without any conscious thought, do your eyes light up? Does your heart feel lifted? Does your mouth shape itself into a gentle smile?

We can develop the courage to see and be more compassionately in the world, to live our lives with our hearts wide open to the pain – and joy – of being human on this planet.

People who do their best to enjoy what is before them have the greatest chance to discover inner peace.

When one moves on a spiritual path, one is moving in an ocean of blessings.

It is essential that we take delight in our own happiness as a perfect expression of our basic motivation to be free.

If we simply feel the miracle of being present, a kind of appreciation grows along with a kind of joy.

Joy has so much capacity to eliminate separation that the Buddha said, “Rapture is the gateway to nirvana.”

The loving mind can observe joy and peace in one moment, and then grief in the next moment, and it will not be shattered by the change.

Spiritual practice, by uprooting our personal mythologies of isolation, uncovers the radiant, joyful heart within each of us.

By putting our attention on the things we are grateful for, we can shift how much time we spend in sadness and how quickly we return to joy.

Love, kindness and affection are the source of joy and happiness.

Joy is the reward of seeking to give joy to others.

When we have a generous spirit, we are easy to be with and fun to be with. We radiate happiness, and our very company can bring joy to others.

Give the world your love, your service, your healing, but you can also give it your joy. This, too, is a great gift.

We people who care must be filled with joy, so that others recognize that caring, helping and being generous are not burdens – they are joys.

It helps no one if you sacrifice your joy because others are suffering.

Compassion and generosity are not just lofty virtues. They are the centre of our humanity. They make our lives joyful and meaningful.

Gratitude helps us catalog, celebrate and rejoice in each day and each moment before they slip through the vanishing hourglass of experience.

Joy is the happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is the grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment. – Brother Steindl-Rast

“As we discover more joy, we can face suffering in a way that ennobles rather than embitters. We have hardship without becoming hard. We have heartbreak without being broken.” – Desmond Tutu

“We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy.” – Desmond Tutu

It is the ability to see wonder, surprise and possibility in each experience and each encounter that is a core aspect of joy.

“The Dalai Lama seems amused by everything that is going on around him, taking pleasure in whatever is going on, but not taking anything too personally. Not worrying or taking offense at whatever is happening.” – Daniel Goleman

When you look at the same event from a wider perspectice, your sense of worry and anxiety reduces, and you have greater joy.

A healthly perspective really is the foundation of joy and happiness, because the way we see the world is the way we experience the world.

We converged on eight pillars of joy. Four were qualities of the mind: perspective, humility, humor and acceptance. Four were qualities of the heart: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and generosity.

Be a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that can ripple out to all those around you.

Ultimately, our greatest joy is when we seek to do good for others. It’s how we are made. We’re wired to be compassionate.” — Desmond Tutu

We create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we also have the ability to create more joy.

We can recognize that we have a treasure of enlightenment, understanding, love, and joy inside us. It’s time to go back to receive our inheritance.

When we stop to breathe and restore our calm and our peace, we become free, our work becomes more enjoyable, and the friend in front of us becomes more real.

Just enjoy this moment. You don’t have to wait for tomorrow to have peace and joy.

Peace is every step. It turns the endless path to joy.

We need some training to be able to sit and enjoy the sitting, to do nothing and enjoy doing nothing.

Don’t try to become a buddha. Just enjoy sitting meditation and accept yourself as you are.

If we want to fully enjoy life’s gifts, we must practice mindfulness at every turn; whether brushing our teeth, cooking breakfast, or driving to work.

If we know how to take refuge in our breath, in our step, then we can touch our seeds of peace and joy.

According to the Buddha, mindfulness is the source of happiness and joy.

Your most important task is to be here and now, and enjoy the present moment.

Breathing in, I enjoy my in-breath. Breathing out, I enjoy my out-breath.

Breathing mindfully is enjoyable. You aren’t thinking anymore; of the past, of the future, of your projects, of your suffering.

With mindfulness, we can preserve an inner joy, so that we can better handle the challenges in our lives.

There is no greater happiness than inwardly generated joy and peace.

Joy brings ease and rest into our endeavors to bring the origins of suffering to an end.

The joyful heart tempers pain and suffering with the remembering of that which is well and unbroken, even in the midst of distress.

The joyful heart guards the compassionate heart from being overwhelmed by sorrow.

The qualities of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity exclude no one — their cultivation is dedicated to the well-being, peace, and freedom of heart of all beings.