Sympathetic Joy

Sympathetic Joy

  • March 13, 2017

Joy means rejoicing in what is. Joy is freedom from regret, resentment, and blame. To experience joy is to recognize life’s blessings. Sympathetic joy, or mudita, means being able to feel happiness in the circumstances, accomplishments, gifts, and good qualities of others.” (Marotta 2013, 159).

Inquiry:
Ask yourself: “Do I operate from a vantage point of scarcity (i.e. feelings of jealousy or envy) or do I operate from a place of abundance (feeling as if there’s enough to go around).”

Practice:
Cultivate Sympathetic Joy. To return to your innately social and cooperative nature, make an intention to operate from a place of abundance (feeling as if there’s enough to go around). Send wishes of success and wellness on others—those you care about and as well, those you don’t.