Where is our joy located? It’s an odd question. Especially during these past few weeks. Perhaps you think joy is in your heart, or maybe you experience joy as a state of mind.
It turns out, according to scientists, joy originates in the limbic system of the brain—the part of the brain that controls emotion, behavior, and long-term memory. Unlike happiness, which is a cognitive experience based in the brain’s neocortex, joy is an emotion we feel without conscious thought. We feel joy without thinking about it, and we can train our brains to feel it often.