Sparking Joy to Cope with Stress

Judith T. Moskowitz, PhD, MPH, and Ian Kwok, MA

Charitable organizations like Goodwill and the Salvation Army are reporting significant increases in donations over previous years. This sudden spike in generosity may be attributed to a tidying fever that’s literally swept the globe — otherwise known as the Marie Kondo effect.

Since the debut of the tidying guru’s Netflix show earlier this year, devotees and detractors alike have relentlessly dissected her unconventional methods — some of which include talking aloud to inanimate household objects and deciding whether they “spark joy” and, if not, thanking them before sending them on their way to the local second-hand shop to, one hopes, spark joy for someone else. …

Judy Moskowitz

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