Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness

November 28, 2020
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness

Next Big Idea Club selection — chosen by Malcolm Gladwell, SusanCain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant as one of the "two mostgroundbreaking new nonfiction reads of the season!""This book has the power to change everything! Writing withdepth, wit, and insight, Ingrid Fetell Lee shares all you need toknow in order to create external environments that give rise toinner joy."-Susan Cain, author of Quiet and founder of QuietRevolutionDesigner and TED star Ingrid Fetell Lee presents groundbreakingresearch to explain how making small changes to your surroundingscan create extraordinary happiness in your life.Have you ever wondered why we stop to watch the orange glow thatarrives before sunset, or why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloomin spring? Is there a reason that people — regardless of gender,age, culture, or ethnicity — are mesmerized by baby animals, andcan't help but smile when they see a burst of confetti or a clusterof colorful balloons.We are often made to feel that the physical world has little orno impact on our inner joy. Increasingly, experts urge us to findbalance and calm by looking inward — through mindfulness ormeditation — and muting the outside world. But what if the naturalvibrancy of our surroundings is actually our most renewable andeasily accessible source of joy?In Joyful, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how theseemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every dayhave surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing oninsights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why onesetting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fostersacceptance and delight — and, most importantly, she reveals how wecan harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller,healthier, and truly joyful lives.