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Joyful - Ingrid Fetell Lee - <span class="date-display-single">10/14/2018 - 12:00pm</span>


10/14/2018 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

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


Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival

Ingrid Fetell Lee

About Presenter Ingrid Fetell Lee


Ingrid Fetell Lee is a former Design Director at global innovation firm IDEO and founder of the blog The Aesthetics of Joy, a leading resource in the field of emotional design. She has over a decade of experience in design and branding, holds an MA in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a BA in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University. She has been featured as an expert on design and joy by outlets such as the New York TimesWired, PRI's Studio 360, CBC's Spark, and Fast Company.



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