How Many Words are There for Joy?

Not enough?


Here at Joy Ventures we take joy very seriously. This is why we have exploring all forms of joy with the intention of broadening and deepening our understanding of the different sensations involved, as well as where, and when people experience joy and why.

We have begun this journey by building a list of joys from the most subtle to the most intense.

What makes you Joyful?

Take a moment to consider this question if you will and then think about where in your body you feel joy. You may be experiencing a sensation that no one else has experienced. Perhaps there is no word yet to describe what you are experiencing. If you would like to contribute to the compendium or chat about what makes you feel joyful so we can add it to the compendium please contact us.

The list so far

Perhaps you recognise one of these joys?

Take a look below to discover how we are doing so far. Perhaps there are some joys you recognise, in out three categories, personal, shared and transcendent?

Personal Joys

This category of joy is just what you might expect, the types of joys that are deeply personal. Sensations that you experience alone and may well be only understood by you. This category may well have joys you have experienced, however, perhaps these definitions will inspire you to create your own list to capture all those joyful sensations that are particular to you. Enjoy!


Shared Joys

A trouble shared is a trouble halved but a shared joy is multiplied tenfold. The moment we share our enjoyment with someone else we add to the pleasure as we spiral up with another person. The effect is heighten when that person has experience the same joy and so has a vivid understanding of exactly how joyful we are.


Transcendent Joys

These types of joys have been considered rare but in more recent times more and more people are experiencing the joy of self-trancendence. This term was coined by Maslow when he updated his hierarchy of needs to include people who he had meet who had gone beyond ego needs such as recognition, belonging etc. These people he describes has having a sense of serenity which pointed to an inner sense of happiness not generated by circumstances but arising naturally from within.