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, Art

Reviews Joyful

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.