Everyday rituals are ephemeral prayers, a hint to the gods for protection, encircling life like a fragrant garland.
The most famous smile in art belongs to Mona Lisa. Yet upturned lips have a much longer history in portraiture, indicating a wide range of emotions – mystery, bliss and even disgust.
Early childhood is one of the most fundamental phases of cognitive and psychological development. In fact, play has a vital role in developing healthy social and emotional processes.
In this 1979 report from the “Przekrój” archives, a series of journalists, clinicians and audience members muse on how to find joy in life.
“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping, and the mask falls, so that the real person appears,” the photographer Philippe Halsman recalled. At the end of the photo shoot, he would say with a smile on his face: “Jump!”
In the late 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote the infamous words: “God is dead.” Yet rather than being a provocative attack on religion, the philosopher’s statement was an invitation to affirm one’s life.
Psychologist Alison Gopnik talks about cultivating childhood, the importance of grandparents, and why reading books about parenting might not be such a good idea after all.
This 1987 personality quiz from our archives will help you to better understand and reflect on your ability to feel joy.
The physicist Richard Feynman was not only a stunning scientific talent. He also embodied those essential intellectual qualities: a curious approach to the world and a love for learning.
Nachman of Breslov may have been an 18th-century Hasidic master, but his spiritual teachings—especially those on joy—are nonetheless relevant to all of our lives today.