The Differences Between Happiness and Joy — and Why You Need Both in 2023

Dr. Kevin Gazzara
5 min readJan 30
Joy and Happiness

Understanding the Differences Between Joy and Happiness

Happiness and joy are often used interchangeably, but they are actually distinct emotions with some important differences. Here is a closer look at the differences between joy and happiness, based on research.

Dr. Kevin Gazzara

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