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Posted: 02/20/2012 in Games, Internet, Joy, Katelyn, Spanish, Teaching, Writing

So I decided on joy as my abstract noun. According to Google, Joy is defined as “a¬†feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” My personal definition when asked to define the word myself without information from outside sources was “A feeling of being happy; comes from an event or activity that makes you feel good.” Synonyms of the word are amusement, delight, happiness.

Now that I have laid down a common definition from which this blog will derive it’s content, I can start to discuss with you what I consider to be some sources of joy for myself, and maybe you if you’re anything like me.

I would have to say my biggest source of joy, or my most frequent source anyways, would have to be my computer. Whether I am playing video games, watching Netflix or Hulu Plus, reading forums, surfing Youtube, or getting lost in Wikipedia or TV Tropes, the biggest chunk of joy out of my pie chart of joy comes from the computer and internet. Maybe you don’t consider joy to be just a feeling of happiness, and instead consider it to be a “great happiness”, as Google suggests; I however, don’t experience that often enough, nor do I want to write about happy sappy¬†occurrences enough, to write about it every weekend. Instead, for the sake of this blog, I will be going with my own personally created definition, of a simple feeling of happiness.

Playing video games is what takes up the majority of my free time. My girlfriend Katelyn also gets joy from my gaming, as she enjoys watching me and my best friend beat the shit out of any game we pick up and play. I consider myself to be a pro gamer, as well as my best friend Gage. We aren’t “pro” in the professional sense, but “pro” in the sense that we can master almost any game in a very short amount of time, and be able to utterly destroy people who have been playing for months or more, when we have been playing a few days. There is a certain satisfaction to be had when you and a friend work together to dominate a 5v5 match of League of Legends, or competing against each other in a deathmatch in Assassin’s Creed, and basically the only competition for both of us is the other.

Getting lost in Wikipedia might sound strange to some of you, but I’m sure a lot of you types who enjoy learning and who enjoy gaining knowledge can relate to this. I often spend an hour or two just linking Wikipedia articles off of one another; I’ll start with one, and throughout reading it, I will click open many new pages on new tabs to learn about those links as well, because usually I won’t understand something without having some knowledge about something else first. This happens more often when looking up computer or technology information, or scientific mumbo jumbo, but it can also happen with historical articles. This might not come off as joyful to everyone, even those who do get lost on Wikipedia from time to time, but I love learning, and feel most at home in a learning environment such as a classroom, or a site like Wikipedia. This love of learning is also probably my biggest influence in deciding to become a teacher.

Teaching others is not something I had mentioned before, but I mention it now because it is true that teaching gives me a feeling of joy. I often just teach my classmates things that they don’t understand in a class period, and usually to a single student, or a small group of two or three. I have in the past done observations at Inter-Lakes High School however, and I taught my first lesson alone at the end of the observations. Being able to teach students about Spanish, a subject I love, gave me a great feeling of elation. It was like a small taste of what I want to get into after getting my degree at PSU.

The source of my greatest joy is my girlfriend, Katelyn. Always save the best for last, as the saying goes. Katelyn might aggravate or annoy me for a good chunk of time, but I enjoy bickering. However, Katelyn often does amazingly cute or nice or thoughtful things that prove to me how important I am to her. Those are the moments I feel the most joy. In those cases, joy is more than just the simple feeling of happiness I previously defined: it becomes a heightened happiness.