Key Thought for this session:

“The outcome of my life fits my priorities.”

Let’s go to the second dimension of satisfaction. It is Joy. Joy is a sense of feeling good about life. This is one of the needs where your view of time affects satisfaction. For instance, if you tend to put a priority on the present, you would be influenced more to your need for joy than if you focused on the past or future. Some people generally believe that their sense of joy is determined by what is happening in their life at the moment. Others view joy differently because they see their moment in greater context and independent of how well, or not, their circumstances are working for them.

In the following question, you would select the first answer if you believe that joy is a present happiness, or if you are glad mostly when you get what you presently need or want, or if you consider the moment to be “good” when it favors you or to be “bad” when it doesn’t. In contrast, you may believe that joy is not a result of your current circumstances but a present state of peace, thankfulness and excitement that resides in you regardless of your circumstances. If you feel “good” because you receive “goodness” from something or someone beyond you and your current situation, then select the second answer to the following question. Based on the definition we just talked about, select a score from 1 to 10, 1 being low and 10 high, to rate the level of joy you currently feel these days.