Collective Effervescence

I repeat…Collective Effervescence!

What a winsome aphorism! So many syllables, fun to say, and a trifle tricky to spell. What pops into your brain when you envision this term? My brain sees bubbles fizzing inside a fancy champagne flute. Probably not what sociologist Emile Durkheim who coined the term in 1912 was going for, but still collective effervescence are bubbles in a festive glass to me.

Let me paint a more accurate depiction of it’s definition:

  • A group of strangers at a concert or a sporting event or the theater collectively popping out of their seats in enthusiastic and unified support of what is in their midst.
  • A meeting where the ideas are flying around elevating a simple idea to the sublime.
  • The spontaneous high fives and hugs that occur amongst the collective whole at the end of any sort of endurance race.
  • The shared knowing smiles amongst strangers on a perfect blue bird hiking or skiing day or walk and talk in Central Park.

You get the idea…all things where the experience is elevated because it happens in a group. And all things that were in perilous short supply over the last year and a half.

I learned this term just recently while reading the Sunday Times. You can read it here. As the author Adam Grant states “Collective effervescence happens when joie de vivre spreads through a group.” Speaking my language Adam and THE defining purpose of Grab Your Group and GO.

The author grand finales the article with this simple but powerful and true statement: “Joy shared is joy sustained.” Go forth and get your collective effervescence on group. Then step back every now and again to appreciate it. We are humans so it won’t be long before we forget to appreciate that gathering as a group is a LIFE LUXURY.

For some Collective Effervescence Experiences with Grab Your Group and GO in NYC:

Grab tickets to the matinee of Little Shop of Horrors on October 30th @2pm. BOO! Perfect Halloween show to see to get you warmed up for whatever collective costume party you might have on deck that night. FUN! Tickets to this Off-Broadway Show were UN-GETTABLE pre-pandemic. So if you can’t join on our date find another time to go. Click here. Sit near us in Row L. There are about 25 tickets left for this date. 

Must see Plaza Suite by Neil Simon with Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick. We had a group of about 80 going before Broadway was cruelly ripped from us. They are not doing group sales, but I plan to go June 1st 2022 at 8pm. This is exactly 1 year and 363 days after the date the group was originally supposed to GO. Grab your tickets and we will collectively enjoy seeing it together. We are sitting in the Dress Circle cause the orchestra seats were PRICEY! Grab tickets here. Sit near us. Row E. Dress Circle.

Walk and Talk in Central Park this Thursday, July 29th at 9:30am @Engineer’s Gate. So excited to get back into Central Park. If you are in town you should join me. It will probably be just the two of us. 🙂 Will also be back same time/same place on August 5th. No clicking necessary – just turn up. 

September 12th The Wanderlust Triathlon in Brooklyn. Ooh the what triathlon? Not your typical triathlon. No water start. No transition from bike to the run. This triathlon kicks off with super star Taryn Toomey and founder of The Class (that I have been obsessed with for over a year now) leading us in an hour long class. This transitions to a yoga class and then the show closes with a 30 minute meditation. My kind of triathlon in Brooklyn. Who’s with me? Margaux my daughter that is who but who else? Click here to join. If you decide to join I can reach out and see if we can get our pods TOGETHER to you know what.


August 1st @10:15am (and every Sunday from now through Labor Day) Damn Good Yoga with Sarrah Strimel in the Boneyard behind Whalebone (Gin Beach) in Montauk. I wonder if Sarrah knows my new favorite term because she sure is enacting it during each and every class that she teaches. At the Boneyard our mats are in a circle – all yoga should be in a circle! And she is as a wonder! (and a former Broadway dancer turned fierce yoga high priestess). Join! Each and every person I drag to it has LOVED it. Highly addictive and the ideal way to welcome the month of August.

See you in your collective effervescence bubble soon (way better than a quarantine bubble)!


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