- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Spark (Sept. 4 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316399264
- ISBN-13: 978-0316399265
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 590 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness Hardcover – Sep 4 2018
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"Joy is the most basic building block of happiness, and this mesmerizing book reveals where to find it -- and how to create it. Ingrid Fetell Lee's blockbuster debut will open your eyes to all the places where joy is hiding in plain sight. And it just might cause you to become more joyful too."―Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
"A completely original treatment of a completely new and original idea: we all have within the power to design joy into our lives. Joyful is an inexhaustible and exciting guide to what makes life good."―Arianna Huffington, New York Times bestselling author of Thrive, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and founder of The Huffington Post
"I've never reached out to an author to request their permission to endorse their book...until now. Ingrid Fetell Lee invites us into a dimension of the human experience that was, ironically, hidden to most of us. She shows us how we can mindfully see joy in the simple aesthetics of our surroundings --and it has already changed my everyday life. If I'm feeling blue, I remember to look at the new leaves on the tree outside my window. It is simple but profound. Joyful is irresistibly compelling. The idea of Joyful fills me with joy."―Amy Cuddy, New York Times bestselling author of Presence
"This book has the power to change everything! Writing with depth, wit, and insight, Ingrid Fetell Lee shares all you need to know in order to create external environments that give rise to inner joy."―Susan Cain, author of Quiet and founder of Quiet Revolution
"Joyful overturns conventional wisdom about happiness: that it comes from within, and that experiences -- not things -- make us happier. Ingrid Fetell Lee's delightful book evokes the same positive feelings she describes. It is full of whimsy, wonder, energy, and joy. I loved it."
―Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness
"Joyful is a delightful book with a powerful message: joy is easy to find if you know where to look. In Joyful, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explains why some experiences are laden with joy, explores how we can cultivate these experiences every day, and shows us how to identify the most joy-inspiring people, places, and objects in our lives."
―Adam Alter, New York Times bestselling author of Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink
"Joyful reveals the powerful notion that joy can be cultivated to flourish within all of us. This idea can change the world."―David Kelley, founder of the design and innovation company IDEO
"Joyful is an invaluable field guide to discovering delight in all its forms. It's hard to look at the world -- and your place in it -- quite the same way again."
―Bianca Bosker, New York Times bestselling author of Cork Dork
"A tender and moving book about one of our most important feelings -- joy."―Johann Hari, New York Times bestselling author of Lost Connections
About the Author
Ingrid Fetell Lee is a designer and the founder of the blog The Aesthetics of Joy. She has been featured as an expert on design and joy by outlets such as the New York Times, Wired, PRI's Studio 360, CBC's Spark, and Fast Company, and her 2018 TED talk received a standing ovation. Lee was formerly Design Director at global innovation firm IDEO, and was a founding faculty member in the Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She holds a Master's in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor's in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University.
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JOYFUL shows us that our world's natural harmony provides the most renewable and accessible sources of joy. We’ve evolved to gravitate toward certain universal aesthetics – shapes, colors, and other sensory effects. These hardwired characteristics and environmental responses have kept us alive as a species for thousands of years. They also explain why we stop to watch a beautiful sunset, flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in spring, and can’t help but smile when new snow blankets the ground. By understanding the components of blissful moments, we can transform joy from an intangible, fleeting feeling, to something that stays with us throughout the day.
Thank you, Ingrid Fetell Lee, for writing a wise and fascinating book that has changed my life!!
From smaller nuggets - that the word "gaudy" has Latin roots from which the word joy was also derived, to broader and more impactful observations - that our physical environment can also deeply effect our physical health and mental well being - Ingrid lays out a perfect blueprint for understanding, appreciating and creating joy.
She even examines the art (and explores the validity of) of Feng Shui, the larger ideas of both harmony and abundance and how even simple things like indoor plants can channel the direction and mood of our daily activities. These points seem obvious once stated, but is not something we often take the time to think about. Her examination of joy is far reaching - from landscape architecture to one of my favorite interior designers Dorthy Draper - to the more obscure and magical Icelandic elves, with each chapter coming at her topic from a new angle. Perhaps a side effect of her book, as I type this I am sitting in between flights in a drab, greyscale, commercial/industrial airport wishing someone would come in with a paintbrush and and splash the walls and floors with some pinks, blues and yellows. It would make waiting for my next flight a lot less tedious, even joyful!