This map of the kingdom of joy shows just how complex and subtle this fundamental emotion is. However, it is important to note that to experience lasting joy, contentment and/or spirituality is necessary, as these feelings arise from deep well-being and benevolence.
Know the feelings that joy is associated with.
These feelings are pleasure, amusement, contentment, excitement, relief, wonder, ecstasy/bliss, exultation, radiant pride, unhealthy jubilation (relishing in someone else’s suffering), elevation, gratitude, rejoicing in someone else’s happiness, delight/enchantment, and spiritual radiance.
Know the feelings that lasting joy is associated with.
All of the feelings in step 1 will result in joy, but this joy is likely fleeting. Lasting joy will only arise from shining contentment and/or spiritual radiance.