Choosing Joy and Connection While Staying Safe

The way we experience life comes down to what we choose to focus on. There’s no denying that life can be tough at times. Even during times of struggle, we have a choice in how we respond. Learning how to tap into the inherent wellspring of joy within is a skill that can be cultivated through techniques for accessing, growing and sharing joy. One of the most fundamental ways this is done is through connection; with other people (even virtually), animals, nature, spirituality, and the list goes on…

Danielle Casioppo, MS, health educator and certified yoga teacher, leads this experiential workshop based on both ancient wisdom traditions and current research born out of The Joy and the Good Life Project at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, of which she was a part. It includes brief guided meditation, breathing practices, short written exercises and some discussion. The joy interventions are derived from the fields of positive psychology, Buddhist philosophy, yoga, and others.

In this interactive workshop, some of the things participants will learn:
• Why is connection so important?
• Is joy different from happiness?
• What holds us back from experiencing joy and connection?
• When to use interventions to feel more joyful or have more connection.

If you would like to request this program for your department, please contact or call 436-8270.