Joy and happiness seem to be interchangeable but they are actually two different states.
Happiness is based on the physical body,
but joy is based on our minds.
Happiness is conditioned to the external,
and joy relies on the internal.
Joy is about being content with what is,
but happiness is about what you have gained.
Happiness cannot co-exist with sadness,
and joy can stand side by side with unfortunate events.
Happiness comes from intellectual knowledge,
but joy comes from the insight seeing how the knowledge actually relates to our lives.
Joy can lead to ease and freedom,
and happiness can easily turn into discontentment.
Happiness is short-lived,
but joy can be long-lasting.
Happiness is easy to access,
and joy takes time to cultivate.
With the right practice, happiness will turn into joy.