Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee


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...

Details Joyful

Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Spark
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Self Help

Reviews Joyful

  • Miranda Reads
    We should manage joy in the exact opposite way that we manage money. We should spend it all, at every chance we get. Ever look around a doctor's office, a school hallway, the dentist lobby, and think, something is missing here?Spoiler alert: It's the joy.Ingrid Fetell Lee takes a close look at how the simple pleasures in life (such as bringing joy to a room) ultimately transform lives. We rediscover their joy again and again, and we fall a bit ...
  • Will Byrnes
    I'm standing next to my table, everything neatly lined up, and I'm just hoping that my professors can see how much effort I've put into making my designs practical and ergonomic and sustainable. And I'm starting to get really nervous, because for a long time, no one says anything. It's just completely silent. And then one of the professors starts to speak, and he says, "Your work gives me a feeling of joy."…I asked the professors, "How do thing...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 positive stars to Joyful! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ From time-to-time, I need to hit the reset button on life and have a little refresh. I find self-reflective books focused on positivity tend to do the trick, and I like to share these types of reads occasionally in case they uplift someone else, too. I was invited to read Joyful by Little, Brown, and it publishes on September 4, 2018. I’m excited to share some of my thoughts with you!My Thoughts:There...
  • Katherine Center
    GET THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!! Loved, loved, loved it. So much wisdom here about how to bring joy into your life. This is one of those non-fiction reads that I will re-read over and over to try to absorb its wisdom. SO grateful I found this book. RUN to grab a copy!
  • Marina
    ‘Snowdrops and daffodils, butterflies and bees…’It seems that Dana was onto something when she sang these words in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest. In ‘Joyful’ Ingrid Fetell Lee looks at how certain things – like rainbows, polka dots and round objects – can cross demographic groups and bring joy. It’s clear that Lee has spent many hours researching this subject. She discusses many people – designers, architects etc who have inc...
  • Alaina Meserole
  • Tara O'sullivan
    In this warmly written book, the author explores the idea of joy - what it means to us as humans, and how and why it can be brought into our lives. The good news is that the answer seems to be that joy can be found in small, simple things. She explores the effects of different colours, shapes and experiences on our minds, and how joy can be found in the new and the familiar, in comfort and adventure. It's an uplifting little book that can help yo...
  • Meghan
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and we are always on the search for books that express positive energy. Everyone needs positive energy most times and we are a library that lives to provide these kind of resources that help people live their best life possible. We receive a donation once a year and the donor specifically requests us to purchase books such as this because of the power they can do for the community and I have seen ...
  • Joy Lenton
    If your home, life and circumstances are far from joyful, then look no further. In reading this book, you will embark on a journey of discovery that will alter your perspective and fully equip you to live with a greater degree of joy and peace, once you have put its principles into practice.In this joy filled book you will find a detailed exploration of ten significant elements, including their defining characteristics and which one(s) might spea...
  • Ruth
    Please note, my e-book copy had formatting errors that made it very difficult to read, so I have only partially read the book. What I managed to read I enjoyed - I liked the idea of colours & aesthetics having a big effect on how we feel, so making simple changes to our environment can have a big impact on our happiness and state of mind.I certainly enjoy having small, pretty things, and I feel vindicated for lining up pretty postcards on my wall...
  • Ignacia
    When did you last feel joy?First off, I have never thought of picking up a book like this before. If it wasn't for @Tabi this book would have not been touched. So! Thank you for the recommendation + buddy read!! xDI had some doubts, some concerns with reading this. So before, diving into the book, I sat down and watched Ingrid Fetell Lee's Ted talks. The way she spoke, her ideas and philosophy...the feeling of self-conscience was replaced with cu...
  • Elizabeth
    I've not heard of Ingrid before I heard about this book and the first thing I did after reading the blurb was to watch her TED talk Where joy hides and how to find it; debut novel Joyful follows in a similar vein, exploring some of the main things which bring people (in general) joy and the reasoning behind them.A lot of what Ingrid covers wasn't a massive shocker; people like colourful things, people like surprises, people like celebrating but s...
  • Ann
    Let me start by saying that I totally believe that happiness is not determined by material things. But at the same time, I believe that some things - objects- can induce a certain state of cheerfulness, of amused contentment. I have certainly observed this in my own life : I wear rather more colorful clothes than fashion dictates, simply because the all-black uniform, no matter how trendy, depresses me. Balloons and glitter tend to be associated ...
  • Patricia Casey
    It took me a while to read as I kept referring to my Kindle for more information about the people and places Ingrid writes about. Oh what Joy! I even purchased my own copy so people in my community can check this out to add Joy to their lives. Simple flowers or balloons..l'm going to buy google-eyes for our cactus...they're all over our yard here in Arizona. I'm going to buy an oboe to learn to play....I want to go to Iceland now......
  • Gayle Tennant
    It was a bit overwhelming to read at one sitting on my KOBO so I'd recommend reading it in segments. I think I'll go back bit by bit and re-read it. There's a lot of good ideas to finding joy in our lives. She explains why certain things give us more joy than others. Also she gives us a way to measuring our own joy and changing it so we have more in our lives. I could some working okay, some not. Still searching for joy in our world is not a bad ...
  • Seaside Sparkles
    For me it took a long time to read this book because it had so many points that made me want to pause and reflect. This is a fascinating read, the last part is practical ways on bringing more joy in your life and the less appealing part of the book for me personally. However I loved the preceding chapters on the elements of having more joy in your life. If you’re interested in design this is a must read but it brings so much more to the reader ...
  • Liz
    First, second, and last chapters were insightful and fun. Middle chapters kind of wandered and lapsed into cliche and illumination of the obvious (yes, we know celebrating weddings makes us happy). The worksheets at the end provide great ideas for any kind of design project to amplify aesthetics of joy. Considering she's a designer, not surprising that the strongest chapters are the ones most closely related to design.
  • Rachelle
    Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness... I recommend reading short segments, preferably chapter by chapter. Although the essays and memories were intriguing, I felt overwhelmed reading the book in its entirety from start to finish. The author provides examples of beauty in nature and our lives that we often ignore or take for granted. We learn everyone sees joy in different ways, and are encouraged to a...
  • Samantha Funes
    This book brought sunshine to my life when I needed it the most. It feels as if a light has been turned on inside of me to pay a little more attention to how I feel throughout the day depending on things, people, places, colors etc that I am interacting with. This is a book that I will read more than once!
  • Janni_B
    Interesting book but just too much relentless joyfulness for me! There are some interesting sections however and I might have a go at trying some of the simple changes suggested. I haven't read all the way to the end though (yet!).I was reading it on kindle app (a review copy) however I do think I would enjoy it better as a physical book that I could dip in and out of at random.
  • Laura Blagys
    Each chapter of this book can be taken in isolation, an easy read to pick up read about one aesthetic and put down again until you’re ready to jump into the next aesthetic of joy. Interesting read about very simple themes in design that elicit joy, and how to create moments of joy in your own physical spaces and lives. Definitely some takeaways.
  • Dawn
    Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.Interesting read for those who struggle with various issues and there is a lot that can be applied to various life aspects.