Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 14, 2013

Rescue Word of the Week #15 – 2013: Joy

The rescue word of the week is joy.

Please help save this word from the endangered-word list by adopting it and using it in your thoughts, your speech, your writing, and your deeds.

What does this word mean to you?

My two cents (but please share yours):

We rarely hear this word, except in Christmas carols. It’s so sad. Joy is the most pleasant emotional state we can achieve. May your weekend be full of joy.



  1. Love this word. And I think I’ve used it in my writing. Better than always saying, “Happy”.

    • You’re right, Patti. It is a good word for adding variety and raising the intensity a bit, too. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Joy. A word that hasn’t been part of my life since my brother’s suicide 7 months ago yesterday. And why I’m taking Laurie Schnebly’s RWAOnline class, “Putting Joy Back in Writing.”

    • Laurie’s classes are always excellent, Julie. I hope your class gives you all that you need. Praying for you, Ashley

  3. Beautiful word, Ashley! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Jolyse. Cheers, Ashley

  4. Unlike happiness, which comes about due to favorable external circumstances, joy is a quality radiating from within. For the Christian, joy comes from one’s relationship with Jesus. It is constant, unaffected by bad experiences.

    • Hi David, Joy “radiating from within” is a lovely image. Cheers, Ashley

  5. Thanks, Ashley

    • You’re very welcome, Julie. Cheers, Ashley

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