Author Archives: michele

Welcome new member: Urban Fiber Arts!

Urban Fiber Arts joined The Joy Team today as our newest member! Love to knit? Live for joy? You might really like this store. Shop owner Cindy Abernethy sent this note along with her donation: On behalf of Urban Fiber Arts and Knit For Joy, under which I publish knitting patterns. Joy to all! Thanks, Cindy and Urban Fiber Arts, […]

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The Joy Team grew last week!

The Joy Team grew last week!  Welcome to our newest member, Lori Lofstrom! Thank you, Lori, for helping us spread joy, optimism and inspiration to millions!

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Joy Matters: Optimism 2.0

One of my favorite magazines is Ode, the magazine for intelligent optimists. In their September issue was an article by Mary Desmond Pinkowish about why joy matters. Here’s a brief excerpt, but I think you’ll want to read the whole article on Ode’s website. Optimism 2.0 How an optimistic outlook can help improve your state of health, not just your […]

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Singing Leaf’s Collin Prasch at her billboard O’ JOY

Collin Prasch of Singing Leaf visited her billboard on Thanksgiving and came back with this joyful photo. Singing Leaf features a line of handmade original artwork using natural leaves collected and pressed by Collin. Learn more at

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Joy=Health: Distance Healing Event Sunday

Happy people live longer, have better immune systems and resist disease more effectively. Being joyful, then, is a direct path to being healthy. And when we’re happy and healthy we make choices that continue to support that health and happiness–it’s a wonderful cycle that ripples out and inspires others to make happy, healthy choices. To that end, we’d like to offer resources to […]

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Thank YOU

The Holiday JOY Photo Shoot was fabulous! Even in freezing temperatures and rain. Thank you Kate Singh for your amazing photographic talent, Veronika Noize for all your help and unending support, Carol McKeag and Patrick Mcgillivary for staying for hours and bringing goodies, Brian Larsen for setting up the easy-ups (life-saving easy-ups!) and Olga Lafayette for bringing us cayenne infused hot chocolate to keep us […]

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YOU + our holiday JOY billboards = awesome holiday greeting card

Wondering what to do for your holiday greeting card this year? We’ve got you covered! Join us on Sunday, November 21st from noon to 3 pm in the Hula Boy parking lot (12th and Washington) in Vancouver for the Holiday JOY Photo Shoot. The fabulous photog Kate Singh of Aevum Images will take a photo of YOU (free!) in front […]

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Berry of Crowning Communications saw her Holiday Joy billboard for the first time today. She loved it! CoachCrowning wishes you JOY! Drove by my billboard this morning and now I’m just all smiles; thinking of all the smiles and sparks of hope it may bring to passers by. Yippee! Thanks to the JOY Team to make this possible. Thank YOU, […]

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The Holiday Joy Campaign starts today!

Starting today bright yellow billboards will begin going up in Beaverton, Gresham, Oregon City, Portland, and Vancouver sending out holiday wishes of joy. More than doubling the number of billboards in this second round of promoting joy, optimism and inspiration, we’ve brought together 18 Oregon and Washington businesses and one husband and wife couple from New Mexico to put up […]

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Joy Matters: Not just as a pursuit, but as a duty

Joy matters.  We know that. Jeanie Miley knows it too. Admittedly, some people are temperamentally more inclined toward happiness than others, but I’m seeing more and more that being happy has a lot to do with the choices I make, day by day. I’m seeing how much my moods affect those with whom I am in contact, conversation or communication […]

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