Joy (a core emotion) is an emotional signal that life basically is going well and that you have tools to help you manage when problems arise. It provides energy to live life to its fullness. It is the only core emotion that does not result in negative outcomes when maintained over time. Without joy you may be unable to become the balanced, contented, productive individual you were intended to be. Pseudo or false joy can lead to addictions, obsessions, compulsions, a sense of unreality, frustration, and even depression.
—Arlene R. Taylor

Sometimes amid life’s challenges you may hear music, perhaps a fragment of a song, someone whistling, a bird singing, or even a kind word—and be pleasantly surprised by joy!
—Arlene R. Taylor