Micro­joys: Find­ing Hope (Espe­cial­ly) When Life Is Not Okay

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September 1, 2021

Micro­joys are a prac­tice of uncov­er­ing joy and find­ing hope at any moment. They are acces­si­ble to every­one, despite all else. When we hone the abil­i­ty to look for them, they are always avail­able. Micro­joys are the hid­den wis­dom, long-ago mem­o­ries, sub­tle trea­sures, and ordi­nary delights that sur­round us. Cyn­die Spiegel first began tak­ing note of micro­joys dur­ing the most dif­fi­cult year of her life — when she expe­ri­enced back-to-back unprece­dent­ed and dev­as­tat­ing loss­es — and she found that these fleet­ing moments of hope helped her move through each day with a sem­blance of com­fort and a lot more joy. Through beau­ti­ful­ly writ­ten nar­ra­tive essays and prompts, Cyn­die shares the micro­joys that have kept her going through tough times and shows us how we can learn to see the micro­joys in our own lives. Micro­joys don’t change the truth of loss or make grief any more con­ve­nient, but they allow us to tem­porar­i­ly touch joy, keep­ing us buoyed and mov­ing for­ward, one moment at a time.

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