The emotion of joy: commentary on Johnson

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this contribution, I push for a deeper understanding of the emotion of joy as compared to happiness and to other discrete positive emotions, by specifying its appraisals and functions. I suggest that joy connects us to our core identity, values, and priorities. It is the emotion that makes life worth living in the moment. I further discuss the distinction between an objective versus subjective account of instances of joy, a distinction I find important to bear in mind when dealing with morally problematic cases of joy. Finally, I discuss points of connection between the psychologies of joy and religion and suggest multiple lines of future research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Van Cappellen, P

Published Date

  • January 2, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 40 - 43

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-9779

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1743-9760

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/17439760.2019.1685571

Citation Source

  • Scopus