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  • Writer's pictureChanel Rion


moo-DEE-tuh -- (n.) Finding joy in the happiness of others.

A child laughs uncontrollably and without knowing what it is they're laughing at, you laugh too because their joy is contagious and beautiful and pure. This is mudita. Mudita applies not only to joy but to success like when you find joy in the success of others. Yet another word pulled from the world's great divinity traditions, and this Buddhist word is exquisite in its rarity. Buddha used the word to express the idea JOY is an infinite quality, not a commodity to be saved or stowed. Regardless of one's religion, Mudita transcends denominations and deserves to be found more often.

~Wordeby's by Chanel Rion

ART: "Whose Turn First" (1910) by Arthur John Elsley

STYLE: Victorian Genre


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Dec 26, 2019

I never heard of mudita before but as I read about it I instantly became a believer of it and plan to put it to use.


Dec 15, 2019

As the years drift along, having been Blessed with a good deal of success myself. However it is increasingly through witnessing the hard fought accomplishments of others, that I find my greatest joys and personal satisfaction. For me it is in the encouraging and coaching of others that I derive my greatest pleasure. Mudita... it's a lovely word.

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