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One Million Years of Joy is a global research project and podcast, led by Dr. Andreea Vanacker, that 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

This project can only happen with YOUR participation, and we would love for YOU to be part of it. Please take 5 minutes to answer a few questions about what brings you joy and how you bring joy to others on the following form, and we will consider you as a guest for the podcast. We want to hear from people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Please note that you need to be signed into your Google account to be able to access the form.


Let's spread more joy together!

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Stay tuned for the launch of the One Million Years Of Joy podcast coming in Q2 2023!

Here are some of our upcoming guests.

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