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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

Mar 910:00am
New York, NY
In Goop HealthDesigning a Joyful Life Workshop
Pier 17
89 South Street
Mar 271:30pm
Palm Springs, CA
Alt SummitRegistration required
Riviera Ballroom
1600 N Indian Canyon Drive
April 46:00pm
New York, NY
School of Visual ArtsMFA Interaction Design Lecture
136 W 21st St, 3rd Floor
April 246:00pm
New York, NY
Hackley SchoolPrivate event for Hackley alumni, parents, faculty, and students
DC Moore Gallery
May 7-8
Paris, France
Celebrating the launch of the French edition of JoyfulDetails to come
TBC
May 104:45pm
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Designing a Joyful LifeHappinez Festival: The Now Age
TBC
May 1111:45am
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Designing a Joyful LifeHappinez Festival: The Now Age
TBC

Explore the Aesthetics of Joy

Energy
Abundance
Freedom
Harmony
Play
Surprise
Transcendence
Magic
Celebration
Renewal