joie de vivre \ ˌzhwä-də-ˈvēvrᵊ \ noun
: a keen enjoyment of living
The term joie de vivre has appeared in 23 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on July 10 in the Opinion essay “There’s a Specific Kind of Joy We’ve Been Missing” by Adam Grant:
We find our greatest bliss in moments of collective effervescence. It’s a concept coined in the early 20th century by the pioneering sociologist Émile Durkheim to describe the sense of energy and harmony people feel when they come together in a group around a shared purpose. Collective effervescence is the synchrony you feel when you slide into rhythm with strangers on a dance floor, colleagues in a brainstorming session, cousins at a religious service or teammates on a soccer field. And during this pandemic, it’s been largely absent from our lives.
Collective effervescence happens when joie de vivre spreads through a group. Before Covid, research showed that more than three-quarters of people found collective effervescence at least once a week and almost a third experienced it at least once a day. They felt it when they sang in choruses and ran in races, and in quieter moments of connection at coffee shops and in yoga classes.
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