Joy is always just a thought away.
While receiving a gift may make me happy, unadorned joy is itself one of the greatest gifts I can experience. Joy lifts my heart. As I exude happiness, others are uplifted as well. Joy may be quiet, such as the tug at my heart I feel when I see a child happily playing. It may be boisterous, like shared laughter that brings tears to my eyes. Yet all joy is an experience of the heart—an experience of God. Joy is always just a thought away. When I am experiencing stress in my life, I stop to remember my many blessings. I think of kindnesses given and received. My spirits are lifted as I recall the good I have witnessed in so many people and circumstances.
When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.—Matthew 2:10