The Joy List is the thing that all New Yorkers crave, but few are lucky enough to discover. It’s an oasis of kindness and compassion in a city that is characterized by hustle, low empathy, and skyrocketing loneliness. It helps you find the people who make you feel most alive.
— Steve, real reader. (We didn't even pay him to say this, promise!)

Why does The Joy List exist?

Shoutout to Chase Costner for putting this amazing sizzle reel together

Americans are lonely. The average person in the U.S. has only one close friend.  And to make things worse, 75% of people say that they're unsatisfied with their friendships. Religious gatherings are on the decline, but new ways to gather in community are hard to find. How do we fix this? 

Our mission is to reduce loneliness in the United States, starting with New York City. We do this by compiling events that have a facilitated moment of connection. The majority of our listings are $30 or less, and many are free. We give people the little nudge they need to get out of their comfort zone, and into an experience where they can make a new friend.

We lift up the work of other community organizers. We let people know that they're not alone in feeling lonely. And we prioritize getting off our devices, and into real-life connection. 

Want to help? Contact us.

We also host a monthly-ish event!

People Kinda Like Us

Cannot love this enough. Give me all the stars to throw to this fantastic compendium of events, links, ideas, and general wonderful joyful spirit in every newsletter. They should hand this out to new to NYC folks along with their first MTA card. A joy in every inbox.
— Rachel
I so appreciate the spirit of this newsletter. As a native New Yorker, I have had periods of loneliness where it is hard to meet like-minded people. Loneliness has been a painful struggle for me, but I am determined to get out there and organically meet like-minded people.
— Tracy

They're not the only ones! Check out more reader love here.