Reader Love 

We are so grateful to our amazing community. Here's what they have to say about The Joy List, accompanied by some of our favorite GIFs:

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Real talk, I never actually check email. It's the bane of my existence. But I actually READ The Joy List and... it's so fucking good!!!! It sends waves of good vibes like no other written content.Thanks for making it.

The Joy List officially worked itself into my weekly routine, and helps me plan what I'm doing. I needed this list.

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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.

I appreciate your boldness in putting it out there that it can be hard to connect, even in a place of 8 million people. Keep up the luminous work that you do to help an introvert get out of herself!

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From Nicole

Jillian! Thank you so much for your mission of bringing New Yorkers together through joy and connection! I have yet to attend a Joy List event–it’ll happen in July I promise!– but just receiving your emails these past couple months kindles my heart. Looking forward to meeting you in the nearest of futures! Love and light to you!

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From Sam

This list has been an amazing part of my NYC experience. It’s perfectly tailored and makes this city feel much more communal, healing, and welcoming. Thank you.




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FROM JESSE, FOUNDER OF Big Quiet + Medi Club

I recently met another amazing person who learned about Medi Club through The Joy List. Not only was she stoked about Medi, but she expressed to me how much she loves The Joy List– how much it’s meant to her, and added happiness and color to her life.

Thank you for continuing to support this community in all the ways you do! 


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From Rachel

One of my really close friends just moved to NYC and she wanted ways to be able to meet people. I immediately got her signed up for The Joy List because I love your mission and what you bring to your community through it!




This newsletter is what I NEEDED! I am mixed up about a few things right now, and there is lots of chaos in my life. I only read half of The Joy List, and knew I needed more. Thank you for making me smile!



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From Justin

I've been to a couple of events since I signed up for The Joy List, and have been sharing it with friends. Because of the newsletter, I went to my first 5Rhythms dance class! It was amazing. 

Even when I'm traveling and away, I still enjoy reading about the collection of events you are sharing with us!



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From Charles

You're pretty rad. I could totally go on and on about how your list is literally changing my life letting me know how to meet incredible people. 

Thank you! 

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The Joy List is the best email I get all week! The voice is so unique. I feel like Jillian is sitting right next to me when I read it.

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Thank you for your amazing newsletter! I have discovered so many exciting, nourishing and wonderful experiences through you. I am so grateful to you for building awareness of rich human experiences that bring people together.

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You continue to shock and awe me as I try to stay the course on my spiritual journey... I feel like this newsletter is written for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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I love these weekly updates! You do such a good job of making it personal, informative and useful in equal parts. I'm a super-fan of the Joy List!

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The Joy List is a mother fuckin' waterfall of happiness. It is an elaborate fireworks show of blessings.

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I LOVE the Joy List and am constantly telling my closest friends about it.

Thank you so much for all you do! Even though I don't live in NYC, I still sign up because the emails make me smile and restore my faith in humanity every week :)

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I want to let you know how meaningful The Joy List has been for me. I recently moved to New York and a friend sent me the list. It has really changed my experience as a new timer in the city! 

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I am going through a tough time in my life right now and I have appreciated what you put out in this newsletter. I've been signing up for many of the things listed on here as a way to heal. Thank you.


From Sarah

Thank you for doing so much to build authentic community in this crazy city. I'm making it a priority for myself in 2019 to build genuine connections and your newsletter makes it that much easier to know where to start. 



I found it so difficult to find any sense of community in NY that wasn't centered around drinking or substance use, and the events you showcase really fill that gap. I’m really looking forward to attending more of them!



I love this newsletter so much! I think everyone needs it big time. I'm excited to support its development :)

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The Joy List has had an incredible effect on Dinner With New Friends. Not only did we immediately see an influx of members signing up only minutes after it was sent out, but we also see the effects in the dinners themselves. The people who arrive from The Joy List are friendly, fun, and always looking to make the best out of every chance they get. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and promoter than Jillian’s amazing collection of incredible humans.

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From T

I've loved receiving your emails the past few months. You are a bonafide ray of sunshine, and I love it! Thank you for caring so much about the community around you, it's truly inspiring.

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While my work is remote, I am based in NYC. I've been feeling a little down about the lack of community builders based here, but you've given me a glimmer of hope. 

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I discovered your Joy List recently and really appreciate learning about the many joyful, inclusive, community-oriented events this amazing city has to offer. Thank you for all the time and love you invest in it!

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You really are bringing joy to people’s inboxes. I nearly cried reading this Joy List for some reason. Just seeing how many incredible intentional events are happening in New York makes me feel hopeful and fulfilled, even though I can’t make a single one. I want to be at every single one and that’s what is important and awesome. Even more so, I’ve always felt like I really want my friends to know about all the events I go to and used to include them in my own newsletter, but now I can just forward this to them and tell them this is where you will find everything I love. THANK YOU! You are a gem. 

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It's incredible that you are doing this work and creating spaces and vocabulary for people who experience loneliness— to recognize this about themselves. You also give them stories that they can connect with, that can show them they're not alone in their loneliness. I'm very grateful I found my way to you and this community.

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This is a really important thing to have for more introverted people in a growingly extroverted world



I'm a New Yorker, and have felt the pain of having small social circles and wanting more. I love what you're doing to foster community here.

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I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for what you do.  While I don't consider myself lonely, I love that you're building a community around positivity and openness and acceptance of all. 

I think that this is something that is sorely needed in the modern world of people being "connected" but without connection and people communicating without listening.  Combine that with your own willingness to put yourself out there, and you are creating something truly special. 

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I checked out The Joy List and loved the concept, since I’m a single dad who’s always exploring the city alone. Thank you!


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It's awesome that you're giving so much attention to something you clearly care about, and it's doubly awesome that it's a smart product that New York needs!

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Yeah! I like how you write! MOAR WORDS PLZ

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I joined The Joy list a couple of weeks ago, and I must say: I love it! Your emails are utterly charming, and your suggestions very interesting.

Finding events and activities where I can connect with open-minded and welcoming people and have meaningful conversations is very important to me, especially given that I am relatively new to New York; I moved here from Europe 10 months ago.

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I just wanted to reach out and email you and just say THANK YOU for The Joy List. I was introduced to it buy a friend as I am British and was feeling super alone here and this is my third email in and I love it. I just wanted to let you know I appreciate this so much.

 As someone who is trying to find my own community here in NYC, trying my hand at entrepreneurship for the first time, trying to make some social impact with mindfulness and nurture my own personal growth, mentally and spiritually, I have realized how important it is to find a community that share some of the same values and energy.

Congratulations for having the bravery to find your voice! It’s really inspiring for someone like me who is on their own journey too! 

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The Joy List has helped me to find and grow within communities that I've come to value over most of my 20's. Your newsletter has helped me find opportunities to recharge myself personally, as well as to find new friends.



Your abundance of joy is mesmerizing. I hope you find comfort knowing what an impact you're making in the world. Keep it going!! We're all behind you, rooting for you.

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Thank you for putting a focus on trying to include family events. I had a baby six months ago and since then have been wanting to do more joy-listy type things but haven’t really found a baby-friendly vibe to many. I’d love to get back out there and get my baby giving and receiving joy!

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I can feel my world expanding as we speak because of the connections you are making for us.