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How did you find joy this year? We want to hear from you!

We want to hear from you! What unexpected places did you find joy this year?
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As we head into yet another pandemic winter, NPR's health desk is reporting a story on how to cultivate happiness and well-being amidst the collective COVID stress.

Everyone has different ways of coping. Some people break free from doom-scrolling with community volunteering or taking up creative hobbies. For others, it's been about discovering nature in the national parks, or the park around the corner.

We'd like to hear from you about how you found unexpected joy this year. How and where do you find moments of zen, serenity and awe amidst the ups and downs of pandemic life? What advice do you have to help others tap into daily sources of happiness?

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Meredith Rizzo is a visuals editor and art director on NPR's Science desk. She produces multimedia stories that illuminate science topics through visual reporting, animation, illustration, photography and video. In her time on the Science desk, she's reported from Hong Kong during the early days of the pandemic, photographed the experiences of the first patient to receive an experimental CRISPR treatment for sickle cell disease and covered post-wildfire issues from Australia to California. In 2021, she worked with a team on NPR's Joy Generator, a randomized ideas machine for ways to tap into positive emotions following a year of life in the pandemic. In 2019, she photographed, reported and produced another interactive visual guide exploring how the shape and size of many common grocery store plastics affect their recyclability.