A groundbreaking investigation that turns everything we think we know about happiness on its head.

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A groundbreaking investigation that turns everything we think we know about happiness on its head.

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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, 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 place makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters delight and sharing — and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives.

Events

Sept 7
Brooklyn
Books Are Magic
225 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY
Sept 6
New Canaan, CT
New Canaan Library (with Elm Street Books)
151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT
(Lamb Room)
Oct 2
Brooklyn
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Sept 17
New York City
Company (RSVP required)
335 Madison Ave
Sept 24
New York City
The Wing SoHo
52 Mercer Street, New York, NY
Oct 14
Madison, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Science Festival
Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St, Madison, WI
Oct 15
Chicago, IL
Chicago Ideas Week: In Conversation with Debbie Millman
Nov 17-18
Miami, FL
Miami Book Fair
TBC
Mar 2-3
Tucson, AZ
Tucson Festival of Books
TBC

Explore the Aesthetics of Joy

Energy
Abundance
Freedom
Harmony
Play
Surprise
Transcendence
Magic
Celebration
Renewal