The latest neuroscience now confirms what life experience and spiritual traditions have been telling us for thousands of years:
It means that we don’t have to simply hope that we’ll feel better, someday, maybe. We can take the reins and create more joy for ourselves.
Think of joy as a more meaningful type of happiness. ’Hedonistic happiness’ is fleeting, and only includes emotions we tend to think of as positive. ’Eudaimonic happiness’ includes meaning, growth, and acceptance. Even of emotions we may call negative.
(Don’t know how to pronounce ‘eudaimonic’? That’s where saying ‘joy’ comes in handy.)
We’re feeling low and want to reach for something to help us feel even just a little bit better.
A common default: scroll on our phone or grab a favorite snack--anything to take the edge off. But science now shows us things that work WAY better.
Bonus – Do 5 kind things in one day, and feel stronger effects all week!
Science shows that when we do something kind for another person or for the world--even when it’s tiny and takes only a few seconds-- the joy effect for us is BIG.
Bonus – Do this once a week for max impact.
Studies have shown these exact dosages of gratitude to be optimal for helping us feel more joyful. Imagine that! Better yet, try it!
Bonus – Think of one of your heroes. How might they see your situation?
Looking for ‘silver linings’ actually does help us feel better, studies show. And when we notice one silver lining, we’re more likely to notice others!
Bonus – Join or re-engage with an already established group, online or in-person, and interact with at least one person.
The science is clear: the single most significant predictor of mental and physical health is the amount and quality of human connections we have. We were all born to connect!
225 scientific studies show that people with more eudaimonic happiness, i.e., joy:
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