A little birdie told me that “comparison is the thief of joy”. For novice historians, it was actually Theodore Roosevelt who coined this phrase. Coming to the end of one of the most tumultuous and devastating years in modern history, Joy may have disappeared from our consciousness. Joy is a state of being that is everything rather than nothing, it requires gratitude and awareness. It transcends mere existence. So, how do we reconnect with Joy? We can look for Joy in a quiet and reverent space. We can find it in the woods, much like Henry Thoreau, who believed “surely Joy is the condition of life”. MPB Group has clinicians who bring existential themes into the therapy session. Searching for Joy can be part of the therapeutic process. As we hear “Joy to the World” while shopping, take a moment and rephrase the song to “Joy to my world”, “Joy to my breathing” or “Joy to my family”. With the focus on your Joys, the comparison is obsolete. And that my friends, is what a birdie told me.