JOY to the world!
Come November, we’re firmly into fall, with summer’s languorous days behind us and the upcoming holiday season just beginning to buzz. It’s these in-between autumn days when I really look for simple things to spark happiness, whether it’s preparing a favourite comfort food for dinner, updating my beauty routine, trying a new workout or rearranging furniture. These elementary actions bring to mind the simple philosophy on happiness by Chade-meng Tan, a former engineer and “jolly good fellow (which nobody can deny)” at Google. In his book Joy on Demand, the bestselling author writes about finding “thin slices of joy,” of which he says, “There is joy to be found in many moments of our lives, though it may be subtle and fleeting. For example, with that pleasant feeling of warm water on the skin as we get into the shower, joy arises immediately, but we seldom notice it and it fades away in seconds.”
With that in mind, we’ve compiled an issue full of small pleasures we enjoy: a warm bowl of soup on the first frosty day (page 16); a fresh tube of mascara (page 18); the generosity of a thoughtful gift (page 41); a quiet moment to dig into a book (page 56); the hurtsso-good feeling of a new workout move (page 66); completing a holiday craft (page 78); and finding a stash of homemade muffins in your freezer (page 92).
I’d love to know, where do you find thin slices of joy?