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How to Grow Your Capacity for Joy in All Areas of You Life

We all delight in the experience of joy, but did you know it is also associated with increased energy, feelings of confidence, and self-esteem? Plus, observing the joy of others can activate your own brain’s reward system.

How can you bring more joy into your life?

Joyful experiences are available to you every day if you take the time to notice them. Sometimes we view joy through the lens of celebrations or major accomplishments. Yet, joy is present in much smaller and simpler forms that can help us sustain feelings of contentment and satisfaction long term. When you start seeking joy, you will discover an abundance of it in your life.

In this month’s PurposeCast, Dr. Vic Strecher and Rich Sheridan will discuss the benefits of joy and how to cultivate it in your life and work each day. Rich Sheridan has been delivering inspiring keynotes about the business value of joy worldwide for more than a decade. Listen in as he and Dr. Strecher provide valuable, actionable insights to help you create an environment that promotes joy.

About PurposeCast

PurposeCast is a series of conversations highlighting purpose-driven thought leaders, experts, and innovators. Through their stories, get a glimpse into their journeys and gain insights and actionable tips for yourself. Learn how they harnessed their purpose to live bigger lives and how you can too.


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Richard Sheridan

Menlo Innovations CEO, Chief Storyteller & Tour Guide, Author of Joy, Inc. & Chief Joy Officer

From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, “outlier” Richard Sheridan (U-M grad BS Computer Science ’80, MS Computer Engineering ’82) has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the business value of joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn’t invent a new culture, but copied an old one … Edison’s Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Henry Ford’s recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration!


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Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH

CEO and Chief Purpose Officer, Kumanu

Vic Strecher (PhD, MPH) is a leader and visionary in the fields of purpose and wellbeing, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology. In 1998, Vic created Health Media pioneering Web-based “digital health coaching.” Since January 2014, Vic has given keynote presentations about the role of purpose in life, energy, and willpower to over 1,500 organizations, providing him the opportunity to not only respond to the growing interests of the market, but to also continue to help shape it. In late 2015, Kumanu (formerly JOOL Health) was launched as a major paradigm shift in how individuals engage in the pursuit of purpose, meaning and wellbeing while offering organizations a more insightful means to support positive culture and behavior change.

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