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End of the Week Thoughts on Joyful Living

July 31, 2010

Caption on YouTube: An elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They’ve been married for 62 years and he’ll be 90 this year. Check out this impromptu performance. We are only as old as we feel, it’s all attitude. Enjoy! They certainly do

This great video of a couple playing the piano together is such a good reminder of the many forms that joy can take.

I was thinking a bit about the difference between joy and fun. While both are important and they probably intersect in many instances, I looked up definitions out of interest:

Joy –
a. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.
b. The expression or manifestation of such feeling.
2. A source or an object of pleasure or satisfaction: their only child, their pride and joy.

v. joyed, joy·ing, joys
To take great pleasure; rejoice. Archaic
1. To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.
2. To enjoy.

Fun –
1. A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure.
2. Enjoyment; amusement: have fun at the beach.
3. Playful, often noisy, activity.
intr.v. funned, fun·ning, funs Informal
To behave playfully; joke.
adj. Informal
Enjoyable; amusing: “You’re a real fun guy” (Margaret Truman).
for/in fun
As a joke; playfully.

Source: The Free Dictionary

When I think of joy, there’s a depth to it and the sense that it is lasting. It seems like something that can be found by looking within.

Fun, on the other hand, I think of as a more temporary and elusive state. It seems more controlled by outer circumstances. Although I do think bringing a fun attitude can make all the difference in many situations…

I think both states can go hand in hand and those are probably the best times of our lives! But there are also moments where there is fun without joy, and they can leave a person feeling empty.

The couple in the video is having fun, but there is a sense that their enjoyment of each other and their life together goes so much deeper than just the moment. Knowing that they’ve been married for 62 years, I am sure that they’ve faced hardships together. And that’s part of the beauty of joy: It can actually be deepened by riding out hardships and facing challenges depending on one’s outlook.

It seems like this couple has kept their commitment to each other and love for each other alive, and they seem to have a whole lot of joyful fun in the process!

Have a great weekend!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2010 10:31 am


  2. August 2, 2010 8:03 am

    Jadyn, I love your thoughts on this! I hadn’t thought of it this way before, but there is something long-lasting and deep to joy. That video is too cute. Thank you for sharing :)

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