Meaning : Happiness is an emotion in which one experiences feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure.
Causes: earthly experiences, material objects
Emotion: outward expression of elation
Time frame: temporary, based on outward circumstances
Example: In the midst of life’s ups and downs happiness is still present.
Analogy: Happiness is a state. Think of it as a 100 story building and each level corresponds to a happiness value. And that happiness will persist for quite a long time Joy is that sudden burst of happiness.
Life: Happiness can be experienced from any good activity, food or company.
Meaning : Joy is a stronger, less common feeling than happiness. Witnessing or achieving selflessness to the point of personal sacrifice frequently triggers this emotion. Feeling spiritually connected to a god or to people.
Causes : Spiritual experiences, caring for others, gratitude, thankfulness
Emotion : inward peace and contentment
Time frame : lasting, based on inward circumstances
Example : Serving others, sometimes through sacrifice with no possible personal gain. Witnessing justice for the less fortunate. Feeling close to a god.
Analogy : Joy is like the elevator in that building that takes you up to higher levels of happiness only for a small amount of time and back.
Life : Joy is a byproduct of a moral lifestyle.