Day: December 21, 2020

V51: Generating Joy

From big surprises to small habits, this week we explore different ways of finding, cultivating and spreading Joy. When we were young, Joy was often created for and around us, but as we grow older, we realize sometimes it’s up to us to do the creating. It really doesn’t take much, and when we approach creating Joy with our Whole Heart, the return is tenfold.


Good Morning Peyton!

Just as the sun goes down, but the sky is still light, it’s the magic time for Peyton Madden. Eleven-year-old Peyton is living with a rare skin disease, xeroderma pigmentosum, that prevents him from being in the sun. These 30 minutes or so of dusk are when Peyton can be outside just like any other kid — biking, running, and playing. In an effort to embrace his differences and bring Joy to Peyton and his family, his community and the National Organization for Rare Disorders came together one evening to celebrate his rare disorder. They turned night into day and hosted a surprise “Good Morning, Peyton” event. From a parade to a pool party and a pancake “breakfast,” hundreds of people came together to spread Joy and let Peyton enjoy social activities he is otherwise excluded from. The gigantic smile that bursts across his face as he realizes what has been created just for him will bring a huge smile to yours as well.

This town created Joy for Peyton by empathizing with his challenges and celebrating his differences. In our own organizations, how might we tailor our Experience to show empathy and turn a challenge or constraint into Joy? How might we be more tuned in to the unique circumstances our patients and guests may be facing?

Plan for Happiness

What happens when one of the largest publications nationwide focuses on Joy? In an effort to explore the many ways one can find and maintain a state of happiness, Time magazine did an entire special edition issue called “The Science of Happiness.” The article outlines fourteen different ways to reach a joyful state. It isn’t a step-by-step guide to happiness, rather a pick-and-choose of ways that you can find happiness in your day. From savoring the small things to finding purpose in pleasure, it’s a fantastic list to try. Last but not least on the list is “make Sunday future-fun day.” In other words, plan for the next weekend and allow yourself to anticipate the Joy to come. Productivity consultant Julie Morgenstern suggests that all weekends should be designed around the acronym PEP: physical, escape, people. When those three elements are at the core of your time, it’s inevitable that it will be filled with Joy.

While some of our team members and providers don’t always have the luxury of working a “traditional” schedule with free weekends and time off. How might we encourage them to take personal time and practice self care? How can we encourage and support our people in planning for happiness and designing for Joy?

Finding Joy

When was the last time you did something because it made you smile? Oprah shares with us a simple exercise that helps identify what gives us Joy and how to find time for it. In our overloaded lives, we often find ourselves thinking that there just isn’t room for much Joy or that when we do find it, Joy needs to be some gigantic, overwhelming emotion. That simply isn’t the case. It is not about the euphoria (although it can be every once in awhile), it’s about finding what makes us light up every day and making sure that we work those things into our lives. That’s the secret to finding Joy that lasts.

Print out Oprah’s finding Joy exercise and give it a try. Book time on your calendar. Tell your team what you are doing. Choose to cultivate Joy.

0-100 What Makes You Happy?

As you explore what brings you Joy, check out this charming video from Soul Pancake where 100 people of all ages and walks of life answer that big question. From gummy bears to making music to laughing underwater, the delightful answers will remind you that true Joy comes in a myriad of shapes, sizes and forms. And everyone has their own special Experiences.