While adding joys to the compendium it has become clear that joys even the most subtle have many phases of development from our first experience with a particular source of joy to deepening our appreciation for something we find enjoyable. Here is four phases of joy you might recognise.

Phase 1 – The joy of discovery

Our first introduction to any specific joy is that before first experiencing it we had no idea that it existed. Whether it was the first spoonful of chocolate ice-cream, the first bar of our new favourite song before that moment we could only image that whatever it was would bring us joy. This means of course that Phase one joy always includes a sensation of surprise.

Phase 2 – The joy of familiarity

Once we are familiar with a joy we can add a new Phaseof enjoyment that arrises from the anticipation of that sensation.

Phase 3 – Shared joys

A joy shared is a joy multiple tenfold. Our sense of belonging and connection is enhanced when we recognise the same joy in others either because they are undertaking the same action that creates intense joy in us or because we can empathise with just how wonderful their sense if enjoyment is.

Phase 4 – Transcendent Joy

Connects us to something bigger than ourselves, creates a sense of meaning beyond an individual or narrow purpose.