JOY Cards
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48 motivational activity cards for self-care. Boost your energy, lift your mood & Lower Stress! Includes a fun fact-filled guidebook with wellness benefits for every card. Get yours today!


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Our mission:
to spread jOY!

Michelle Burke and Lilamani de Silva are Joy Seekers, Daily Pausers and Award-winning Authors of Joy Cards and their self-care 15 Minute Pause book. They are on a mission to spread joy.

“We’ve learned being joy-filled is an inside job and requires daily practice to notice and appreciate the joy gems in life. When you are joyful at your core it radiates out. Our passion is to help you find, maintain and live a more joy-filled life. This is the creative force behind our Joy Cards.”

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Top 5 Tips for Living a Joy-filled Life

Looking for ways to slow down, lower stress, lift your mood, boost your energy, or add more calm into your life? If so, here are 5 easy and doable tips to Reset from our award-winning self-care book 15 Minute Pause: A Radical Reboot for Busy People.

1. Be Kind to Yourself – treat yourself like you would your best friend. Kindness is an act of love and compassion. We all deserve it!

2. Be Grateful – when you are in gratitude, it increases the “happy hormones” in your brain making you instantly feel better.

3. Get Outdoors – breath in the fresh air while taking a walk – this simple act releases the oxytocin in your brain, giving you a natural high.

4. Cultivate Curiosity – Go try something new, take a class, visit a museum, listen to a podcast on a topic you know nothing about…when curiosity is stimulated, it increases the brain reward circuit which releases dopamine, a happy hormone increases motivation, and pleasure making us feel good.

5. Identify Your Innate Gifts – these are your superpowers! Are you analytical, compassionate, relationship builder? We all have them, knowing them and using them increases self-worth and self-confidence.

JOY Cards – a well-being deck for self-care! Get your Joy Cards and 15 Minute Pause book today – Available on Amazon!

Reduces Stress

Prevents Burnout

Shifts Your Mood

Sparks Laugh-Out-Loud Fun

Spreads Joy to Others

Adds Spontaneity into Your Life

About the Creators

Michelle Burke & Lilamani Di Silva - JOY Seekers, Daily Pausers
and Award-Winning Authors

We’ve been dear friends and co-creators for over 20 years while living in different countries, Michelle in the U.S. and Lilamani in the U.K. Our latest passion, JOY cards, was created during the beginning of the pandemic. Michelle recovering from COVID19 and Lilamani caring for her elderly parents. After being in lockdown, we realized everyone was stressed, anxious and fearful about this new reality. 

We decided to challenge each other to do one thing that brings joy each day. This helped us to focus on something positive which made a difference in our mood, energy and spirit. We thought if it could help us, then maybe it could help others too. 

Like so many, we’ve had our share of losses, failures, and being stuck in a rut. Despite these difficult circumstances and challenges in our own lives, we discovered how to cultivate joy in unexpected ways. These joy-filled moments have energized and helped us become more resilient to cope with life’s curveballs. And so, we purposefully continue to look for and appreciate the joy-gems (life’s simple pleasures) and engage in activities that make us feel better. We realized that maintaining joy is a practice, even if for only 15 minutes a day. We learned this while researching our self-care 15 Minute Pause book and when done on a daily basis makes a powerful and positive difference in our mood, our relationships and our lives.       

May our Joy Cards encourage and inspire you to find your joy and live a more joy-filled life. You deserve it! Our hope is that you will help us spread joy to as many people as possible. What do you say? 


Michelle & Lilamani 

JOY Workshops

Rediscover what makes you feel energized and fulfilled

Who is in need of releasing stress, busyness, a negative mindset or the feeling of overwhelm? Who would like to bring in more abundance, peace, inspiration or joy? 

Our JOY workshops are all about fun, relaxation, and self-care.

We believe you deserve timeout just for you with a sprinkling of indulgence and pampering, set in a luxurious 4-star resort. Don’t you agree?

Focus on yourself to find, reset, reignite and experience more joy in your life. We will show you how to access more joy – by engaging in a variety of fun, relaxing and pampering activities to build your internal “joy muscle.” These small lifestyle pauses are the secret recipe to being more joy-filled and lead to bigger rewards including less stress, healthier self-care habits and sustained joy.  

Contact us today if you are interested or have a women’s group or team who would like a customized JOY Workshop.


Joy Retreaters will be gifted a copy of the acclaimed self-care book 15 Minute Pause, A Radical Reboot for Busy People, and a set of our Joy Cards.

Did you know that over 75 percent of Americans experience some sort of physical symptoms related to stress in any given month, and 73 percent experience psychological or mental symptoms? Pause and think about it. Most of us are experiencing stress at such a high level that it is having a negative effect on our health and relationships. We all need time to reset, rebalance and re-energize.

You'll learn powerful techniques that show you how to:

Take dedicated “me time”

Design how you want your life to be.

Build self awareness

To increase more joyful moments.

Understand how your decision making..

...Can lead to living your best life.


The sabotaging Meddler and how to manage it.

Pay Attention to

The empowering Player who encourages you to see the joy

Let's Spread JOY!

You will leave re-energized, revitalized and remotivated…Consider this dedicated “me-time”, to explore where you are now, where you want to be and how to live life with more joy. This workshop is for those who are ready to make a small change and a big difference to their daily happiness and well-being.

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