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Welcome to The One Million Years of Joy show hosted by Dr. Andreea Vanacker, author, entrepreneur, speaker, brain tumor survivor and brain science lover. Join us weekly to listen to interviews with global guests who share their stories about finding and spreading joy, along with insights from research on joy, purpose and holistic wellbeing. Help us spread the joy and tell us what brings you joy by taking part in our global study (details below).

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The One Million Years of Joy global research project aims to discover how people experience and share joy in their lifetimes. Once the ages of all the participants add up to one million, we will share the global findings, with the objective of inspiring people on how to more easily access joy and live a purposeful existence.

The WHY behind the project

Joy saved my live! Why? I survived a nine-hour brain operation to remove a benign brain tumor during the COVID lockdown. Yes, it was intense! But instead of letting that experience bring me down, I went on a quest to explore my purpose in life with a fresh perspective. 

I introduced The Trilogy of Joy model in my TEDx talk (How To Find Joy In Adversity) in 2022, and I will be publishing a book on this model in the near future. 

And the joy just keeps on coming! In 2023, I decided to launch the One Million Years Of Joy podcast to document how we experience, find and share joy throughout our lives. Because let's face it, who doesn't want more joy in their lives, right?

The role YOU can play

Please fill the below survey on what brings you joy and tell us if you wish to be considered as a guest on our podcast. We want to hear from people of all ages, cultures, professions and backgrounds. This project can only happen with YOUR participation, and we would love for YOU to be part of it. 


Let's spread more joy together!

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We are looking to create a community of joy ambassadors who will actively contribute to spreading the word about the One Million Years of Joy global project and podcast, and actively encourage people to take part in the 5 minute survey. Are you interested? Start taking the survey above, and we will contact you with more details.

Some of our upcoming podcast guests

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