Here are two quotes from poet farmer Wendell Berry on the subject of joy. He doesn’t take this subject lightly and lets joy sit in the same seat as rueful life experience. There’s a heft to these quotes that make them useful to me and hopefully to you today as well.
“Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.”
“Be joyful because it is humanly possible.”