JOY to the world!

Canadian Living - - Editor’s Letter -

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?

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