Joy as a Virtue

If I am to pursue joy as a virtue, I must learn to genuinely appreciate all of life.  That would be almost synonymous with developing a habit of thankfulness.  In fact,in the “Living” bible it says “Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right.  Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others.  Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”  (Philippians 4:8)   Thinking this way tends to create happiness.  Thoughts create emotions, so thankful, appreciative thoughts create a sense of satisfaction and gladness.  Thankfulness also draws our attention toward God and in that way is a form of worship.  All these things cultivate the virtue of joy, and as a by-product immunize against depression.  Joy would almost be a selfish virtue since it does me so much good, until I remember it is also a way of worship.

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