The Year of Joy Kicks off with an Hour of Joy and Optimism



The Art and Science of Joy is proud to announce that the Year of Joy online community will officially open its doors on January 17, 2023. The community offers people the opportunity to join like-minded people in an uplifting community and, throughout the year, receive free access to inspiring stories, empowering wisdom, and practical tips to help them find more joy in their lives.

The Year of Joy will start with a Week of Optimism and Joy in partnership with The Centre for Optimism.

Each week in the Year of Joy, a different “Superpower”, covering one of the four core joy ingredients of well-being, belonging, positive impact, and fun, will be featured. Experts will share their knowledge and advice on how to use each Joy Superpower to bring more joy to their lives, as well as to the lives of others.

During the Year of Joy, there will be many opportunities for engagement online and together in person; the first will be an online “Hour of Optimism and Joy” live event on Thursday, the 19th of January at 8 pm EST (20 January 12 pm AEST).

People can sign up for Hour of Optimism and Joy through this Zoom link.

The “Hour of Optimism and Joy” live event will feature Shari Alyse, Andrew Cannon and Debby Schlesinger-Hellman from the Art and Science of Joy, with Noirin Mosley and Victor Perton from the Centre for Optimism, who will lead an interactive discussion on the combined power of Joy and Optimism. The official Hour of Optimism and Joy will be immediately followed by an informal after-party offering participants further opportunities to engage and share.

Noirin Mosley said, "Optimism fuels and enhances the joy that we can all experience in our daily life. There is arguably nothing better than to enjoy and feel a pure moment of joy."

Victor Perton believes, "An optimistic spirit can bring significant benefits, including happiness, joy, active longevity, better health including lower risks of cardiovascular disease, better sleep, greater resilience, stronger relationships and increased self-mastery."

Read More and Join in: Celebrate Joy and Optimism

Registration for the Hour of Optimism and Joy live event is through this link.

More information about The Year of Joy is available at

More information about The Centre for Optimism is available at

Commenting on the news, Andrew Cannon, co-founder of the Art and Science of Joy and project lead on the Year of Joy initiative, said, “The world is going through great transformation, and as we enter a new year, we have a choice of how we want to face this transformation? With joy and optimism or with fear and pessimism? We are excited to team up with Victor and Noirin from the Centre for Optimism on our mission to empower people to build more joy into their lives.”

The Art and Science of Joy thanks its partners, without whose generous support, the Year of Joy initiative would not be possible. The current partners on the initiative are:

Market Research Company Partners: Ruby Partners: Echo MR, Schlesinger Group. Sapphire Partners: Communications for Research, Ebony Marketing Systems, Fuel + Focus Room, Hubux, Innovate MR, KL Communications, Quester, Paradigm Sample, Protobrand, RTi Research, Scoot Insights, SyncScript, Voxpopme, Zappi. Emerald Partners: Fieldwork, Full Circle Research, Ironwood Research, Murray Hill National, Research Defender

Online Community Platform partner: FlexMR
Joy Scorecard partner: Jibunu
Brand partners: Infinity Squared
Media partners: Greenbook, Insights Association, and Quirks. Marketing partner: Little Bird Marketing



The Art and Science of Joy is a business providing solutions, including the Joy Barometer and Recipe for Joy, for harvesting joy in people’s lives. These tools can be used by individuals who wish to build more joy into their lives, as well as by organizations that wish to enhance their employee experience and nurture a happier and more resilient workforce. Demand is driven by the recognition that people are seeking greater purpose and place more importance on fulfilment and joy in their work and personal life (which in recent years have become inherently intertwined), investing in the employee experience has become critical for retention and for growth. Learn more at

Main Executives

Andrew Cannon
Debby Schlesinger-Hellman

Headquarters: Espoo, Finland
For further information, images, or interviews, please contact:

Shari Alyse, Joy Reporter and Media Spokeswoman:


The Centre for Optimism is a research centre researching optimism and positive leadership: It asks people from Presidents and Prime Ministers to people on the street, “What makes you Optimstic?” Its workshops and website provide research-based tools and habits for people to become more optimistic and infect their colleagues. Over its three years of existence, it has worked in hospitals, prison, schools, government departments, universities and corporations to provide people with the personal habits and tool to be more optimistic. Its members and subscribers are now spread over 82 countries, and its Hour of Optimism series has served communities in difficulty, from the Ukraine to the Congo DRC to Afghan refugees.

Main Executives

Victor Perton CEO Robert Masters Chair Nóirín Mosley

Headquarters: Melbourne, Australia

For further information, images, or interviews, please contact:

Victor Perton +61 417 217 241

Noirin Mosley +614 00195676

The Art and Science of Joy Salmensuu 2A
FIN-02360 Espoo
VAT no. 2558240-6

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