Today I was reading a short biography on Annie Zelikova, who is the perfect role model for those striving for joy. When she was only 17 and on her death bed, Annie said, "I must smile to my last breath. Ah, all I can give God now are my heartbeats and my smile. Nothing is left to me except love and trust." Even as tuberculosis invaded her lungs and weakened her whole body, Annie was joyful, because she knew that her suffering was helping other people, and that it was God's will. If we always remember that God loves us and has a beautiful plan for our lives, our suffering doesn't seem quite as overwhelming.
And, if all else fails, you can listen to this wonderful song. I guarantee it will add a little joy into your life.