We’re going to Hough Elementary (go Hough Hawks!) today for our very first JOY Assembly, and we are super excited! Nearly 300 students will learn why joy matters, hear from The Junior Joy Team members who go to school there, and learn more about the second recipients of our Happy Packets: The Vancouver Police Department. Officer Tina Smith will talk to […]
The following video clip of Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think, Inc., on TED.com is a must see. Shawn talks about the Happiness Advantage and backs it up with scientific research. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from this clip: What we’re finding is it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your […]
The first full week of March is Words Matter Week, a perfect time to reflect on the power of words and be mindful about how we use them. Here at The Joy Team, we’re all about words. More specifically, we’re all about the power of positive words. So, to celebrate Words Matter Week we’ve made a little video with The […]
We’ve added a new listing in our Joy, Kindness & Love directory for KINDNESS. Welcome Share the Love! And thank you for promoting love! Do you work to bring more joy, kindness or love into the world? Submit a listing here.
There’s a great article in The Nation by Susan Engel called “Putting Kids’ Happiness on Our Educational Radar“. Here’s a little excerpt: …research shows that if we were to emphasize happiness in school, we might ensure a happier adult population. While some people are temperamentally more optimistic than others, children can acquire new ways of thinking and spending their time […]
The very first Junior Joy Team project went so well that the heart of the city was swelling with joy. The kids had so much fun sharing smiles that Junior Joy Team member, Carter Jacob asked before walking out the door of City Hall, “Can we do this again tomorrow?” And as for the folks at City Hall, did it […]
Happy – A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Films on Vimeo. Today’s World Happy Day! And there’s a documentary out exploring the ultimate question: What makes us happy? The film takes us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. There […]
Geoffrey James, award-winning journalist and author of Inc.com’s Sales Source column, put out a list of “10 Questions That Create Success“. They’re fabulous. My favorites are: 1. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved? 2. Have I done something today that improved the world? 8. Have I helped someone less fortunate? 10. Have I felt grateful for […]
The Junior Joy Team will be planting our first seeds of joy in the heart of our hometown: Vancouver USA’s City Hall. We picked February 13th, the first day of Random Acts of Kindness Week, to do our very first Junior Joy Team project. The inaugural group of 10 Junior Joy Team kids, ranging in age from 6 to 11, will […]
Our 2012 membership is starting with a bang! Welcome new and returning members of The Joy Team for 2012! Amy Bebo Cedar House Media Dana Damara Michele and Brian Larsen Carol McKeag, CPC Jennifer Powers Cherie Waatti Zen Flow Yoga Thank you all for starting 2012 by helping us spread joy, optimism and inspiration! Thank you, thank you!