What’s the difference between pleasure & joy?
Pleasure is easily attainable. Joy? Much harder to come by. Pleasure is a surface-like happiness that fades fast. Joy, on the other hand, runs deep and fills us up in ways we never imagined.
I like how C.S. Lewis describes his experience of joy. He says, “It jumps under one’s ribs and tickles down one’s back and makes one forget meals and keeps one (delightedly) sleepless o’ nights.”
Lewis goes on to write that if he were to convert his pleasurable experiences into joyous ones, he estimates that, “one second of joy” would be worth “twelve hours of pleasure.”
The surest way I know to experience this kind of joy is to push yourself through productive pain. It’s easy to pick pleasure in our day-and-age because it’s so readily available. I say, dabble in pleasure, and direct the majority of your attention on those life-giving activities that produce joy.