Venture capitalist and tech thought leader Peter Thiel exuded joy. That even happens when he is at a disrupt kind of conference and making, well, negative comments about sharing-economy player Uber. Joy is a form of energy.
Self-help manuals such as "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living" illustrate the health paybacks from joy. That particular book is by medical doctor Amit Sood.
Mindfulness exercises like those offered at the Tamara Spiritual Center and centering prayer circles at St. Philip's in the Hills, both based in Tucson, Arizona, produce joy, as a side effect.
The lack of joy could become the number-one career killer. That's because no employer can afford the risk of a negative force field in the workplace or in cyberspace for its telecommuters.
It could also decrease the odds of achieving what we all long for in these turbulent times: soulmates to be there for us. Those without this meme block any intimacy with their oral wall of joy-snatching. When I relocated to the Southwest, immediately the joy-snatchers surrounded me. "Why did you come here! The summers are unbearable." I knew enough not to engage in that conversation.
How to shift from whatever to joy? There's a saying making the rounds. It is, "From head to toe, let it go." Essentially that means opening up so that healing can begin. Currently, I am trying to get back centered after the brutality of how business was transacted during The Great Recession. Can I really heal? Don't know. But I can try.