The surprising power of ordinary things to create extraordinary happiness
A groundbreaking view of happiness, on how to seek joy from our surroundings, by the founder of the blog The Aesthetics of Joy and the former Design Director of the global innovation firm IDEO New York.
‘This book has the power to change everything’ Susan Cain
‘A completely original treatment of a completely new and original idea’ Arianna Huffington
Find joy in the space around you
When did you last feel joy? Changing your surroundings is the most easily accessible source in finding joy, says Ingrid Fetell Lee, former Design Director of IDEO New York.
In Joyful, she explains it's time to open our eyes to the physical world. By making small but powerful changes to the things around us, we can live happier, healthier lives.
Her TED talk has been viewed over 10 million times.
“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, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global; Founder, The Huffington Post
“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
“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. Warning: reading this book may cause unexpected bouts of joy.”
Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS, GIVE AND TAKE, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg
“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, Professor of Marketing, NYU, and author of Irresistible
“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