Kids Bring Thank Yous to PeaceHealth, Tour ER

Members of The Junior Joy Team and Hough Elementary Leadership Team delivered Happy Packets with hand-written notes of appreciation and candy to the entire staff of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Emergency Department on Saturday morning. The notes express thanks for all the care and healing the ER team provides everyday to people living in Vancouver, Washington. ER Nurse Donna Mairose […]

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100th positive message goes up in Portland!

What if you could change the world with one positive message? It’s commonly said that the way you change the world is one person at a time.  What if you could do it one positive message at a time?  The Joy Team launched an outdoor ad campaign for happiness in April 2010 and, with the support of local businesses, we’ve […]

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Portland Billboard Reminds Us: Life is Amazing

Research shows happiness leads to success in nearly every domain of our lives; including marriage, health, friendship, community involvement, creativity and, in particular, our jobs, careers and businesses.  Portland-based author Heather Strang lives this truth and has a mission to inspire and support people to be, do and have everything their hearts truly desire.  She does this internationally, one on […]

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Thousands spread smiles, inspiration with sidewalk chalk in every US state and 8 countries on August 19

Once again, on the 3rd Tuesday in August, sidewalks across the nation will be full of colorful, uplifting sentiments as people spend a little time chalking messages of inspiration, joy and love in an effort to make others smile.  Messages like: always bring your own sunshine, you are awesome, yes you can, you are loved, today I am thankful. The […]

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Changing lives through taekwon-do and billboards

Kim’s Taekwon-do helps people work toward personal transformation every day through the martial art they teach. And now they’re also doing it through a powerful message on a billboard.  The big yellow board simply says, “Believe in yourself”. It’s one of the inspiring billboards put up every month by local positive thought organization, The Joy Team, and can be found […]

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May is National Smile Month!

May is National Smile Month! We’re celebrating with this billboard on SE Grand and Morrison in Portland, Oregon. We have just one agenda here: giving people one more reason to smile. This message is hand-drawn by Ava, an original member of the Junior Joy Team and master joy-spreader. While this billboard marks the last in our series with Awesome Portland, […]

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Our kids have a few messages for US Congress

  At an October Junior Joy Team meeting, we decided the people in D.C. could really use some joy, optimism and inspiration; and who better to offer it than us? There are 540 members of Congress, each one of them and our President will get a Happy Packet between Thanksgiving and Christmas. For this project, we talked a little about how […]

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The Joy Team Appoints Kim Hash to its Board of Directors

    We are happy to announce the appointment of Kim Hash to our Board of Directors.  Kim was elected with a unanimous vote on July 26, 2013 and officially joined the board immediately. Kim Hash is the Director of Development for Children’s Center, a nonprofit mental health agency serving the needs of children, youth and families in our community.  […]

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2012: a year of spreading joy, optimism and inspiration

2012 has been an amazing year for The Joy Team. In January we started The Junior Joy Team to help children ages 5-12 to discover the warmth of spreading joy and building community. With hand-drawn notes of appreciation in Happy Packets the kids assembled themselves, The Junior Joy Team started by spreading joy to Vancouver City Hall. After partnering with […]

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Random Words of Kindness Parade on December 20

  Join our Random Words of Kindness Parade! The Junior Joy Team, Hough Elementary’s Leadership Team, all their students and YOU are invited to join us Thursday, December 20th. Random words of kindness and joy drawn by the kids of Hough Elementary and The Junior Joy Team will be hung on trees down Main Street and in Esther Short Park […]

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