December 2022 Touchstones: Joy

Our December Touchstones theme is “Joy.” We certainly know joy when we feel it, but it is challenging to capture its essence in words. Joy and happiness are often considered as synonyms in popular culture and literature, which adds to the confusion. America’s Declaration of Independence enshrined the inalienable rights of “life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in the imagination. This idea, however, of happiness as a pursuit accords with Psychologist Ben Fletcher’s assertion that, “Happiness is the consequence of what we do and how we behave.” As he asserts, “Happiness is not a feeling — it is doing.” This means that happiness is an outcome based on what we do, not a goal or an emotion.

Join us during the month of December as we explore the theme of Joy!

Exploring Joy


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Ways to Engage Joy