Principle #9 - Living JOYELY Ever After!
JOYELY Ever after

Principle #9

9. Reduced stress and anxiety: When people feel happy and content, they are less likely to feel overwhelmed and anxious about their work.

In 2023, a culture of joy can lead to reduced stress and anxiety for companies by leveraging the power of neuroscience. Specifically, numerous studies have established that positive emotions, such as joy increase activity in various areas of the brain, particularly in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala, which are responsible for regulating stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, another study conducted by the University of California, Irvine found that positive emotions can lead to increased activation in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for regulating stress and anxiety responses (Stroud et al., 2016). Therefore, in 2023, companies that cultivate a culture of joy and positive emotions can promote better overall health, reduce stress, and improve employee well-being.

One study that has found a link between positive emotions and reduced stress and anxiety is “The buffering effect of positive emotions on the relationship between stressors and symptoms of depression and anxiety” by Tugade, Fredrickson, and Barrett. This study found that positive emotions, such as joy, can buffer against the negative effects of stressors on symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Another study that supports this finding is “Positive affect and psychological well-being” by Diener, Lucas, and Oishi. This study found that people who reported higher levels of positive affect (which includes joy) had lower levels of stress and anxiety.

Additionally, a study “The role of positive emotions in positive psychology” by Fredrickson, Tugade, Waugh, and Larkin, shows that positive emotions like joy, have a broaden and build effect, which means that they broaden the range of thought-action and build resources (physical, intellectual, social, and psychological) that can be used later to cope with negative emotions, such as stress and anxiety.


What we do at JOYELY in our corporate programs offers products and services that promote joy in the workplace.  The Culture of Joy programs offer team-building activities, wellness programs, and training sessions on work-life integration.  We make sure all interactions are engaging, interactive, fun, and relatable, as well as easy and simple to understand.

JOYELY’s Chair of Joy Experience and specialized joy-enhancing techniques help increase productivity and build upon profitability strategies while decreasing turnover. We do all this while creating a healthier and more successful business.

Each company we work with is unique!  At JOYELY, we consider the needs and values of each corporation we decide to work with. For example, we pay particular attention to the company mission and make sure there is an alignment of our approach and joy with the company’s mission or values.

Overall, we clearly communicate with corporations the extreme value of joy and the powerful science that backs a Culture of Joy.  Our own unique research is outlined in the article, 21 Science-Based Reasons Why a Culture of JOY Is the Most Important Decision Your Company Can Make in 2023 will begin to create great results quickly.

We offer a 1–2-hour complimentary COJ Experience to select companies as an example of the Year of Joy Corporate Program.

Simply reach out to our JOYELY Team at or you are welcome to connect with our founder, Sheryl Lynn at 949-303-5219 or

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