December 2022 Theme: Make room for moments of joy | Knowledge and joy

For many of us, this last month of the year centers around various holidays. Although these kinds of events and gatherings can be filled with joy, they can also create quite a bit of stress.

Last year I felt that the more I did to prepare for the holidays, the more fun the season would be. I didn’t even fully realize how exhausted I had become until I reflected on the season afterwards.

This month at Wit & Delight, our theme is about seeking more moments of joy.

In a season that often causes a lot of stress, it’s about considering how we can make the not-so-big parts—family tensions, money worries, loneliness, or something else entirely—a little more manageable. It’s about considering what we can let go of in our lives to make more room for joy.

I think part of bringing more joy into our lives is getting to know it precisely what makes us happy in the first place. These feelings of joy will be evoked by different things for different people. Intentionally acknowledge what brings joy you is a good first step towards bringing more of these moments into your life.

Joy will not be possible at all times and in all phases of life, but I still hope we can seek out moments of joy, even in the smallest of ways, this December.

It’s also worth noting that the idea of ​​joy can feel particularly polarizing, especially for those struggling with mental health issues. When joy seems to be everywhere but feels hard to access, it can be deeply frustrating. Joy will not be possible at all times and in all phases of life, but I still hope we can seek out moments of joy, even in the smallest of ways, this December.

I’m excited to share more about this topic on Wit & Delight over the coming month!

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