Author Archives: michele

Joy and Juicy Inspiration for 2012 with WOVI!

Come out for some Joy & Juicy Inspiration this Saturday with Women of Visionary Influence! I’ll be speaking, and so will the fabulous Susan Glavin of Be The Gift. Saturday January 7, 2012 at The Melting Pot (downtown Portland near 5th and Park) 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Come at 11 to meet and greet! $15 for WOVI Members, $25 for […]

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Spreading joy at Legacy Salmon Creek hospital

Some time during the day on this Christmas Eve EVERY patient spending Christmas in the hospital at Legacy Salmon Creek will get a smiley face balloon and a card wishing them joy and love, courtesy of The Joy Team. The balloons and cards were delivered yesterday to give hospital staff time to  distribute bunches to each department and floor. The amazing and […]

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95 smiley face balloons on the wall…

My dear friend and fellow spreader of joy Dana Layon-Damara of Zen Flow Yoga and I, along with our kids, went out to pick up 75 smiley face balloons today. Add those to the 20 already in house and there are now 95 big yellow smiles filling my living room (aka: The Joy Team office). These balloons, each accompanied with […]

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Joy To The World…ala The Joy Team

Christmas is just one week from today and I find I’m singing Joy to the World in my head with increasing frequency the closer it gets. I just can’t help myself.  But because I can’t remember all the words I keep making up different ones. Fun, playful, joyful words.  And I put them down on paper.  Then I invited people […]

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A new listing for JOY: Vancouver Laughter Yoga

 We have a new listing in our Joy, Kindness & Love directory in the JOY category! Welcome Vancouver Laughter Yoga and Tamara Russell! And thank you for promoting health, wellbeing and happiness! Do you work to bring more joy, kindness or love into the world? Submit a listing here.  

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Why Joy Matters: Positive emotions open us

Positive emotions are proven to open our awareness. And when our awareness is expanded, we not only literally see more, we also see more possibilities and we’re more creative. Sounds good to me! Watch this video of Barbara Fredrickson from Greater Good Science Center to learn more.  

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A new listing for LOVE: The Self Sabotage Specialist

We have a new listing in our Joy, Kindness & Love directory in the LOVE category!  Welcome Michelle Wirta, The Self Sabotage Specialist, who helps people shift subconscious beliefs and thinking patterns that stand in the way of bringing their gifts to the world. Do you work to bring more joy, kindness or love into the world? Submit a listing here.

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Today is Make a Difference Day

Today, October 22nd, is Make a Difference day–a great opportunity to put forth a special effort to do something to make a difference for someone else. Want some ideas? How about: giving a smile and a genuine “hello” to a few strangers taking a plate of cookies to a friend who had a tough week send a hand-written note to […]

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Expressing a little gratitude

September 21st was World Gratitude Day.  We took the opportunity to express gratitude for some things on a walk through Portland, Oregon: water at a public drinking fountain books at the public library farmers at a farmers market public art at a mural public transportation at a bus stop Goodwill (and goodwill) at a Goodwill storefront See the photos in […]

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DIY Joy: Be Grateful

One of the best ways to keep on the journey of joy is to be grateful.  Every day. For every thing. Everything. You may have heard about the concept of keeping a gratitude journal. I first learned about it from Sarah Ban Breathnach in her fabulous book, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy.  I started keeping one on her advice four […]

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