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Author: Ingrid Fetell Lee Narrator: Ingrid Fetell Lee Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9781478968337
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A groundbreaking look at how small changes to our surroundings can lead us to happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

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 infants, and can’t help but smile when they see a burst of confetti or a cluster of colorful balloons?

We are often taught that our external environment 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 joy?

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ingrid Fetell Lee’s blockbuster debut will open your eyes to all the places where joy is hiding in plain sight.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Ingrid Fetell Lee is the founder of the blog “The Aesthetics of Joy” and was formerly Design Director at global innovation firm IDEO. 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.