Joy is an emotion comprised of feelings of happiness, contentment, and harmony. It differs from general happiness in that it is not caused by a particular event but come from within the individual. If a friend surprises you with a present you would feel happiness as a result of this. Joy is a generalized feeling that comes from the person. Some suggestions for fostering joy within yourself is changing your internal thoughts to be more positive. Being kind, forgiving, and flexible to yourself is also important as it promotes an acceptance of self that some say allows joy to develop from within. Seeking humor in life situations and an appreciation of nature are also suggestions to promote joy from within.