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1. Infants and small children express joy in life by spontaneous movements and cries. Adults gradually become aware that a feeling of delight corresponds to happy situations, not only in the physical sphere, but also intellectually and spiritually. It must be learned that the state of joy is only one very limited state alongside other possible feelings (Childhood; Adulthood).

For some individuals the dealings with various spiritual states in the course of life that affect attitudes and conduct are joyless and frustrating. Thus in the history of philosop…

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Winkler, Klaus, “Joy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_J229>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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