The Science of Joy: Why You Need It and How to Get It | Ingrid Fetell Lee

Ten Percent Happier
August 9, 2023
The Science of Joy: Why You Need It and How to Get It | Ingrid Fetell Lee
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

The hidden influence that your surroundings can have on your happiness. And how to tweak things in subtle but powerful ways.

Today’s guest is Ingrid Fetell Lee, the author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness. She is the former design director at IDEO and the founder of the website The Aesthetics of Joy. She holds a Master’s in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University. 

This is the second installment in a three part series we’re running called, Mundane Glory about learning not to overlook the little things in your daily life that can be powerful and evidence-based levers for increased happiness. 

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In this episode we talk about:

  • The physiological and psychological benefits of joy 
  • How to find joy in tangible objects and sensorial experiences
  • What Ingrid means by “faux joy”
  • How joy can intersect with many emotions including sadness and awe
  • How to change your environment, at work and at home, to infuse it with joy
  • A practice she calls, “Joy spotting” 
  • Her list of, “The 50 Ways to Find More Joy Everyday” 
  • The importance of noticing your killjoys 
  • The risks of being visibly joyful 
  • And how even on your worst day, joy can be accessible 

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