Ode to Joy

Magical things happen when an entire nation dedicates themselves to Joy. In Japan, it is an end-of-year tradition to sing the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, “Ode to Joy.” The song is such an elemental part of the Japanese culture that it’s known just as daiku which translates literally to “number nine.” This particular recording is of the Number Nine Chorus performing daiku after the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan in 2011. What is normally a practice of giving time and effort to Joy became a moment of Joy for the entire world. Feel your heart soar as the chorus comes in.

The power of large groups of people devoting themselves to Joy is undeniable. Luckily, our organizations are the homes of thousands of people who have opportunities to discover and practice Joy collectively every single day. How are we encouraging our team members, providers, patients, and guests to come together in their displays of Joy?