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What is joy, anyway?

When I was a young girl, my older sister gave me a small bottle of ‘Joy perfume’, by Jean Patou.



If you know anything about this perfume, you would know that it is considered as one of the best perfumes ever made and it was created for Patou, by Henri Almeras, a well-known Perfumer.


My sister told me to only use a small drop at a time, she said to take a drop and dab it onto my wrists and behind my ears, as it is very expensive, and that too much would be very overpowering.


I had no idea how special it was, but at the time I felt that it was from the way that my sister spoke to me. I guarded this perfume and was very careful with it and then a terrible thing happened, I dropped it and spilled all of its contents onto the carpet. I never told my sister; I was too ashamed that I had spilled such a lovely gift through my carelessness.

Here is the lesson, Joy is not holding on so tightly that you do not get to experience and enjoy the moment. Joy is to be shared with love in just the right measure for it to smell and feel beautiful.

Joy conjures many images of triumph, jubilation, happiness, and bliss. It is that feeling of being content and filled with appreciation. I have heard people say, ‘what is happiness anyway”.

We all know, when we are sad and feeling overwhelmed or stuck in a situation that we cannot get out of, and we accept these feelings. Joy and happiness are the opposite of these feelings. Joy is ‘like having a smile on the inside and the outside’. You deserve to feel joy, so don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for being happy.



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