Joy vs. Happiness

Jan 11, 2017 | Pamela Ebstyne King | Character & Virtues, Research Findings, Video



Executive director of the Thrive Center, Pamela Ebstyne King explains the key differences between happiness and joy, pointing to purpose as the key to discovering true joy in this interview.


Author’s Note

This interview was originally published on Yale Youth Ministry Institute.


About the Author

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Pamela Ebstyne King

Pamela Ebstyne King is the executive director of the Thrive Center and serves as the Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her primary academic interests are applied research at the intersection of human thriving and spiritual development. Dr. King’s work combines theology, empirical research, and community engagement to further understand what contexts and settings enable all people to thrive.



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