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Joyful (Digital Audiobook)

The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness

By Ingrid Fetell Lee, Ingrid Fetell Lee (Narrator)

Publication Date: September 3, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/4/2018)
Paperback (6/8/2021)
CD-Audio (9/4/2018)


Make small changes to your surroundings and create extraordinary happiness in your life with groundbreaking research from designer and TED star Ingrid Fetell Lee.

Next Big Idea Club selection—chosen by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant as one of the "two most groundbreaking new nonfiction reads of the season!"

"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

Have you ever wondered why we stop to watch the orange glow that arrives before sunset, or why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in spring? Is there a reason that people—regardless of gender, age, culture, or ethnicity—are mesmerized by baby animals, and can't help but smile when they see a burst of confetti or a cluster of colorful balloons?

We are often made to feel that the physical world has little or no impact on our inner joy. Increasingly, experts urge us to find balance and calm by looking inward—through mindfulness or meditation—and muting the outside world. But what if the natural vibrancy of our surroundings is actually our most renewable and easily accessible source of joy?

In Joyful, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one setting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters acceptance and delight—and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives.

About the Author

Ingrid Fetell Lee is a Design Director at global innovation firm IDEO and founder of the blog Aesthetics of Joy. She has been featured as an expert on design and joy by outlets such as The New York Times, Wired, WNYC's Studio 360, CBC's Spark, and Fast Company. Lee's writing is informed by twelve years of experience in design and branding, leading programs for Target, Condé Nast, AARP, Eileen Fisher, American Express, Diageo, PepsiCo, and the US government, among others. She holds a Master's in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor's in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University, and was a founding faculty member in the Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.