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QW 082912 “Joy and Happiness”

The article that I discussed with my online English tutor last night was about education and happiness. We finished regular sequences of a lesson in about 1o minutes, with which I had no problem, and spent the remaining time of 15 minutes discussing happiness in life. Among various questions posed by the tutor, the following question came back to me: What’s the difference between joy and happiness? My initial response to this question was that they’re different because even if you’re not joyful or you’re not feeling joy you can still be happy. Of course joy can bring happiness, but there are other sources that bring happiness to you.

Then the tutor asked me this question: Is happiness at a higher level than joy? What I said was that it’s not a matter of higher or lower; they’re just different. Joy is more specific and happiness is more general. Both are the names attached to person’s inner feelings, but in my understanding, being happy or happiness is broader or more general compared to joy.

Here I keep pondering. What is joy in learning English and what makes me happy as far as my English learning is concerned? I can’t instantly answer this question. I’m not learning English because I want to feel joy or happiness. I’m just learning English simply because I just want to. I consider myself as a happy English learner although others may not consider me as. What I know is I’m happy and joyful while learning English no matter how boring, painstaking, or depressing what I do to my English may be.

(30 minutes / 267 words)

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