Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee


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. Increasin...

Details Joyful

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

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
  • 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 ...
  • ☂️Iggy
    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...
  • Jayne Catherine pinkett
    I received a copy of this book for my independent honest review. As I work in the Health,Wellbeing and Spiritual field I am very choosy in how this type of book is written and it needs to be workable. This was spot on. I liked the fact that each chapter was named so that different ideas can be read individually to provoke thought and also to use with individual clients. Each chapter was very insightful and written from a well researched position ...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Love Loved this Joyful book.The cover the book sleeve the hardback cover works of art.In the at times dark world this book bringss idea for finding joy.The idea to keep fresh flowers in your home I do and I agree brings a smile not my face.Colors painted walls with lovely colors bring happiness.I won first prize in the Little Brown giveaway a lovely gift a book I will dip into and share with friends.Thanks again @ little brown sparks,
  • Tiffany
    I really enjoyed this book and have been talking about if and quoting it to just about anyone who will listen- which is always a sign of a good book!I loved the anecdotes and will be incorporating the advice that I have learnt into my daily routines.I really recommend this book and encourage everyone to read it.Thank you to netgakkey for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.
  • 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...
  • Sushant Sharma
    Amazing book, one of the best i have read so far..I got a chance to see and attend a talk session by Ingrid in US, instantly i became a fan of her. Her concept, thinking is amazing. I watched her ted talk too, really inspired by the theory she puts with respect to finding joy in everyday life. Her quote that Joy is very underrated, often discouraged by society, whereas it is absolutely essential.Her ideas on how to find joy in the mundane activit...
  • Kim
    If you like rainbows, sparkles, sunsets, hot air balloons, wide open spaces, cherry blossoms, puppies, babies, and smiles, you are not alone. This book taps into the ordinary things that create happiness in our lives and how we can purposefully and intentionally see joy in the simple aesthetics of our surroundings. Who doesn't want more JOY in their lives?!
  • Annie Hauschel
    Under the confetti cover, Lee puts in the leg work to confirm what we may have already suspected – certain things can bring joy. Though occasionally overwhelming, the research and hard science sited in this book are softened by charming vignettes and enough anecdotes to keep the reader engaged.This book reminds us that small changes can make a big impact, and that you don’t necessarily need *more* to feel more joy. Rather, focus on making emo...
  • Suzanne
    Amazing. This is what life should be...Ingrid has taken thoughts, ideas, and information across so many different topics and put them into one insightful book. She has managed to take most of my personal “itches” - the things I care about, read about, and stumble upon during my internet perusals - and put them together when I didn’t even realize they were related! On top of all that, she added insight and clarity. I bought the physical book...
  • Rachel León
    A helpful guide to bring more joy into your life
  • Gemma
    Joyful is a very detailed look at how things in our environment can bring us joy: colours, textures, confetti, pom poms, plants, architecture.....By changing our environment we can create more joy in our lives. This simple idea is explored and backed up by research, interviews, the author also travels to experience the things that can create joy (such as staying in lofts in Japan which were designed to extend human life by challenging the immune ...
  • Mehrsa
    This was a well-researched book about design and the susceptibility of the human mind to its environment. I loved the first part of the book especially when it talks about color. I’ve often felt really depressed the second I walked in to a building (like JC Penneys). Now i understand why—the clutter and the drab colors of the walls and low ceilings. The book has inspired me on several occasions to choose a bright colored shirt instead of my t...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • momssanity
    Absolutely inspiring. 100% amazing. You can’t be mad after reading this book. It’s exactly what I needed in my life and perfect in every way. You need to read this book!
  • Jill
    A happy book about the ten aesthetics of joy. This book goes through ten different concepts to add more joy to your life. There are lots of examples and stories to help you learn the ten concepts, plus worksheets at the end to help you add more joy to your life. I only wish there were pictures of some of the items or places Ingrid Fetell Lee descibes such as the bubble house. I had to Google a lot while reading.
  • Traci at The Stacks
    I love joy. It’s my favorite word. This book took an interesting look at finding joy and physically adding it to your life, weather it be more color or sparkle or curves. The author gives us 10 aesthetics of joy (energy, play, magic, etc.) and walks us through each. It also talked about the history and evolution of joy. Why certain. Things make us joyful. It’s a smart book. It went on a little long in sections.