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The Joy List Project

The stories, podcasts, poems, and songs we always come back to.

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    How was it? Save stories you love and never lose them.

    Think back to the last time the internet brought you joy. We want to put more of those moments at your fingertips—whether it’s a favorite podcast episode, heartwarming personal essay, or reliably fantastic recipe.  

    That’s why Pocket is introducing The Joy List Project. A chance to celebrate and share those “keeper” pieces that you come back to time and again—the ones that reliably elicit a smile, happy sigh, or belly laugh.

    We’re kicking this effort off in May, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Read on as our contributors walk you through their all-time essential articles, videos, recipes, poems, memes, and more.

    Here’s hoping our contributors’ favorites spark a little joy for you. Save the pieces you connect with, and start building your own personal Joy List right in your Pocket.


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    My Joy List: Mary H.K. Choi


    The Emergency Contact author shares her favorite Carpool Karaoke bit, a classic piece from The Onion , and a podcast episode that “liquifies [her] insides.”

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    My Joy List: Roman Mars


    The host of 99% Invisible explains his love for the Sunday crossword, “tink-tink-plunk-plunk” music, and more.

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    My Joy List: Zeke Smith


    The writer (and former Survivor contestant) talks drag chess, Anthony Bourdain, and more.

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    My Joy List: Angelina Spicer


    The comedian and “accidental activist” shares her favorite Twitter feed, the site she wishes she’d had as a new mom, and more.

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    My Joy List: Joél Leon


    The writer and performer talks DMX, Fran Lebowitz, and more of the inspiration that fuels him.

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    The Pocket Team's Joy List


    From mapping Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books to perfecting hard boiled eggs, our team shares the pieces we love coming back to, time after time.

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