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Appreciative Joy

Pali:
Mudita
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Sanskrit:
Mudita
Synonyms:
sympathetic or vicarious joy, unselfish, abundant joy
Definition :

Appreciative Joy is the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people's well-being. It should not be confused with pride, as a person feeling mudita may not have any benefit or direct income from the accomplishments of the other. Mudita is a pure joy unadulterated by self-interest.

Some Buddhist teachers interpret mudita more broadly as an inner spring of infinite joy that is available to everyone at all times, regardless of circumstances.

The more deeply one drinks of this spring,
the more securely one becomes in one's own abundant happiness,
the more bountiful it becomes to relish the joy of other people.

Mudita is also traditionally regarded as the most difficult to cultivate of the Four Immeasurables.

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