기쁨 [kippeum] (native Korean)
환 [hwan] (Sino-Korean)
We have a whole emotional palette, and we experience emotions — such as joy and sadness. We feel joy and sadness in relationships with our partners. It is inherent in a person’s ability to take pride in what brings him or her joy. When our partner’s joy becomes our joy, we want to display and emphasize it. The same can be said of our Heavenly Parents. He takes pleasure in seeing our joy, and we humans are happy to see God rejoice in sharing our joy. This is the joy of giving and receiving.
There is nothing joyful or cheerful about living alone. Let’s imagine, for example, a scientist who is the equal of no one in the world, or a man so powerful and powerful that his word alone is listened to by the whole world. Even in these positions, people cannot be happy alone because there is absolutely nothing to be happy about.
How does joy come into being? It does not come by itself. Joy arises when we have an object in which we find a reflection of ourselves. This object can be either tangible or intangible. For example, an artist’s object may be an idea he has had, or a completed painting or sculpture in which that idea has found its fulfillment.