Author Archives: michele

Vancouver billboard is back up!

The Vancouver billboard Love Your Life (brought to you by Ronnie Noize of SoHo Marketing Institute) is back up! Thank you Clear Channel and Ronnie Noize for spreading joy in Vancouver!!!

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Hough Elementary is spreading joy!

Hough Elementary in Vancouver, Washington, has a poster from The Joy Team up in the window of their Volunteer Center, which faces the main lobby of the school. A true community school, Hough is in the heart of downtown Vancouver and is one of the few schools to have its own foundation. The Hough Foundataion supports the children of Hough […]

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FREE posters to spread joy!

Got a window? You can spread some joy! Seriously.  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1) Pick a poster (8 designs, 2 styles,  3 sizes) 2) Download and print the pdf 3) Post it in a window and share a happy thought Look at you putting out the positive! Snap a photo and email it to us at: michele […]

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Joy at work: Farmers Insurance

I spent a little time at the Farmers Insurance call center in Hillsboro, Oregon, and was amazed at how hard they work to keep their workplace a positive place. Over the sea of cubicles (which is, let’s face it, not so joyous) float more than a hundred mylar balloons (very joyous).  There’s an on-site gift shop filled with cheerful items […]

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Welcome new member Empowering Grace!

The Joy Team grew this week! Welcome new member Empowering Grace!  Thank you Sharla & Empowering Grace for helping us spread joy, optimism and inspiration to millions! Look here to find out who else is a member of The Joy Team.

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Being happy dissolves racial bias

Being happy has been credited with many things: improved physical health, longer life, and better mental health to name a few. Recent research shows that feeling joyful can also improve race relations by erasing some effects of racial bias. A study published by Kareem J. Johnson and Barbara L. Fredrickson shows that feeling happy can eliminate what’s called “own-race bias.” […]

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Happiness lengthens life

Happiness does not heal, but happiness protects against falling ill. As a result, happy people live longer. The size of the effect on longevity is comparable to that of smoking or not. Read the article on Science Daily about the study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.

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Positive thinking may protect against breast cancer

Feelings of happiness and optimism play a positive role against breast cancer. Research suggests that while staying positive has a protective role, adverse life events such as the loss of a parent or close relative, divorce or the loss of a spouse can increase a woman’s risk of developing the disease. Read the article on Science Daily about the study […]

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Optimism boosts the immune system

Feeling better about the future might help you feel better for real. In a new study, psychological scientists Suzanne Segerstrom of the University of Kentucky and Sandra Sephton of the University of Louisville studied how law students’ expectations about the future affected their immune response. Their conclusions: Optimism may be good for your health. Read the article in Science Daily.

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Teaching Your Children Joy by …

Teaching Your Children Joy by Richard Eyre and Linda Eyre #book

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