- Gratitude. One foundation of joy is to be glad for what is around us, to appreciate life rather than take it for granted.
- Forgiveness. Bitterness sabotages joy. So does malice. Forgiveness makes it possible to enjoy life in a world that is not perfect, and to enjoy the company of people who are not perfect, and to accept ourselves though we are not perfect.
- Friendship. Every good moment is enhanced and enriched when it is shared. Even moments experienced alone can be shared in the retelling.
- Sorrow. When we deny our losses, we have only a counterfeit joy. If we dispute with our own grief, we undermine the goodness of whatever we have lost. To appreciate something fully includes mourning its loss.
- Humility. Pride blocks our view of the good in other people. Humility leaves us open.
- Childlikeness. There is a willful suspension of cynicism that's needed for joyfulness, an innocent openness to what is good, an openness to delight. It takes a renewed innocence to see the world rather than tune out the familiar.
- Love. Love includes within it a well-kindled satisfaction with whatever is good and right, which is the flame of joy.
I'd be glad to hear your contributions. There's no reason the list has to be closed after 7 entries.