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Sharing Joy

Researchers found that sharing Joy with others increases our capacity for Experiencing Joy within ourselves. This study explores how shifting our focus to Joy and discussing these Experiences with our close friends and life partners can actually lead to a greater satisfaction with life in general. While writing Moments of Joy and Gratitude down in a journal is a great way to build this practice, the researchers found that there was an even greater increase in Joy if verbally shared with someone of value in our lives.

As we notice the Joyful moments witnessed within our organizations, share the goodness with others in our work and home lives. Not only will it brighten their day, it will exponentially increase our own appreciation of the moment.

Snap Your Joy

Our friends over at Soul Pancake created a giant polaroid camera, put it in the street, and invited passersby to “Snap Your Joy.” This infectiously Joyful video they created shows people’s expressions of happiness. Take a minute to watch – we bet you can’t help but smile.

Your expressions broadcast how you feel and can inspire others. What message are you sending the world today? It just takes a simple smile to spread Joy and lift others.

100 Ways to Joy

Writer Christian Wiman was so impacted by Moments of Joy that he dedicated an entire anthology to it. Joy: 100 Poems is a compilation of the varying experiences of Joy over the course of one’s life. Wiman selected the poems to include in the anthology with the Intention of exploring the minutiae of life through which the extraordinary is revealed. In an effort to spark readers to remember the many sources and meanings of Joy, the poems celebrate the everyday – for example, the “round jubilance of a peach” as a metaphorical symbol of the Joys of summer in Li-Young Lee’s “From Blossoms.”

From blossoms comes

this brown paper bag of peaches

we bought from the boy

at the bend in the road where we turned toward   

signs painted Peaches.


From laden boughs, from hands,

from sweet fellowship in the bins,

comes nectar at the roadside, succulent

peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,

comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.


O, to take what we love inside,

to carry within us an orchard, to eat

not only the skin, but the shade,

not only the sugar, but the days, to hold

the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into   

the round jubilance of peach.


There are days we live

as if death were nowhere

in the background; from joy

to joy to joy, from wing to wing,

from blossom to blossom to

impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

What simple Joys do we Experience every day but don’t necessarily record? How could we celebrate these Joys with our team members, patients, and guests?

Joy is the Solution

Feeling stressed? Give Joy a try. Kelly McGonigal, empathy expert, shares that when we increase our capacity for empathy, we increase our susceptibility to catch the Joy of others. When we see the good fortune of others, it can actually stimulate the reward systems in our brain which are linked to greater life satisfaction and peace of mind.

We have the power to decrease or eliminate stressors by opening our hearts up to the Joy of others. Shift energy in your everyday work. When you next conduct LOOKING rounds, intentionally LOOK for and spotlight the Joy of others.

V48: Intro To Joy


It’s December, and that means it’s time to celebrate our final LOVING principle – Joy! While we don’t ascribe to the adage of saving the best for last, we believe there’s no better principle to wrap up the year with than Joy. 

Joy makes your soul smile. It is both infectious and healing, and when you nourish it, Joy grows. In our work and our world, Joy comes in many forms – from childlike wonder, to the light in someone’s eyes, to boundless exuberance. It is more than a mere feeling – it is an emotion that can create a positive effect on our team members, providers, patients, and guests. Every day, we have the opportunity to choose Joy and choose to live in a place of possibilities. This month, when you look around, you’ll see the word “Joy” in lots of places – let’s bring that concept to life and lead with it in our hearts and minds.

Joy: It’s good for you.

There’s more to Joy than meets the eye, and science can prove it. Canadian researchers found that humans are biologically wired to understand, recreate, and seek out joyful Moments through bringing out the good in others. While there are plenty of physical items and services we can seek out to stir up happiness within ourselves, the most powerful and rooting type of happiness is actually when we ensure that someone else is somehow benefitting. This innate sense of caring for others is tied to humanity’s need to build and take part in compassionate communities. We’re not only built to be joyful, we’re built to thrive when we create opportunities for Joy in others.

This week, let’s scatter Joy. Think of three ways to bring Joy to others, and do it! Encourage others to join you and think about how we might define anew what it means to provide care in our organizations. In addition to caregiving, might we also consider “Joy-giving?”

40 Joys

Not sure how to go about finding more Joy? Look around! Joy not only results from milestone Moments but can also be the product of everyday Experiences. When we take time to acknowledge the “normal” joys in our day-to-day life, we increase our overall potential to find our lives more fulfilling. The author of this blog lists 40 ideas for finding Joy in our lives — in case we’re needing a nudge — and invites us to send her more ideas. From singing in the shower to watching the sunset, there are an infinite number of ways we can revel in Joy on a daily basis. Sometimes all it takes is to slow down, take a deep breath, and acknowledge the world around us in a deeper, more meaningful way.

In what ways can we encourage our team members, providers, patients, and guests to seek out, Experience, and take note of everyday joys within our organizations?

Out of Nothing: Joy!

This delightful bit by beloved English actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson reminds us that we have the power to create Moments of Joy; we don’t need to wait for joyful opportunities to present themselves. As we find ways to increase and sustain happiness in our lives, remember that it can be as silly, mundane, or filled with expression as desired. Enjoy Atkinson’s masterful performance that illustrates the idea that we can create Joy out of nothing.

Hearty laughter is a guaranteed ticket to increased Joy. As we explore our organizations this week, keep an ear out for deep belly laughs. Where were they found? How can we encourage our team members, providers, patients, and guests to take part in innocent, childlike laughter?

V47: Moments in Action

From recognizing the power of a Moment to crafting signature Experiences in a moment, we’ve learned the ins and outs of this important principle to which we have access each and every day. For our final week of Moments, we’re exploring the ways that art, medical care, and music have all paid homage to the significance of each moment and making Moments matter.

Black Ink on White Shirt

While we’re passionate about creating positive Moments, sometimes just as memorable are the Moments of anticipation. Kinfolk Magazine, a publication aiming to connect a global community of professionals, devoted an entire issue to these teasing, adrenaline-pumping Moments. In this fascinating piece, Kinfolk depicts an artist series entitled “Anxious Anticipation” which brings worry-inducing Moments to life – an ink pen about to drip poised over the white shirt or a balloon floating over a bed of nails, to name a few. The photographs were paired with equally compelling text hitting home just how resonant the nervous energy of a moment can be:

“Whether we’re readying ourselves for the start of an event or just imagining ourselves partaking in it, the buzz of nervous anticipation is sometimes as satisfying as the reward at the end,” says Kushins. “Often just the thought of ‘what if?’ can be as potent as the act itself, and the thrill of the chase may occasionally be more powerful than the real deal.”

How might we recognize and address anxiety-inducing Moments for our team members, providers, patients, and guests? What can we do to be prepared for those Moments and then do everything we can to reduce anxiety and increase confidence?