It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

What do all three resources have in common this week? I’ve been contemplating joy and its absence in people’s lives. How do we cultivate joy in the face of suffering? What creates one person’s joy is not necessarily what does or should create my version of joy. Joy is available all the time, if only we know how to recognize it and create it. 

Listening:

Kate Bowler and Margaret Feinberg were given awful cancer diagnoses and yet both have found joy for themselves and have helped to create joy with others as a result of trekking through hell. Note that the link to this podcast goes to the transcript and not the actual podcast. In order to listen to this show, go to the website and scroll down to Episode 5.

Reading:

Jeff Bezos’ idea of joy is turning every single person on the planet into a consumer and having Amazon be the seamless invisible provider of all our consuming needs. While providing the joy of convenience for customers, this “amazonian utopia” is likely to create a hell of a life for everyone else. 

Watching:

Ingrid Festell Lee happened upon her study of joy by accident. While in design school, she got feedback from her mentors that her designs brought them joy. They couldn’t say how or way so Ingrid embarked on a study of what brought people joy. Colors, shapes, nature, all contribute to the experience of joy. In her talk, she shows a picture of a hospital room designed to inspire joy. Having spent many days in joyless hospital rooms, this joyful room brought tears to my eyes, as I viscerally experienced the difference.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy