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Book: Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness (BOTW October 1-7, 2018)
Author: Ingrid Fetell Lee
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?
Long story short, yes.
TELL ME ABOUT IT ALREADY!
Under the confetti cover, Lee puts in the leg work to confirm what we may have already suspected – certain things can bring joy. Though occasionally overwhelming, the research and hard science sited in this book are softened by charming vignettes and enough anecdotes to keep the reader engaged.
This book reminds us that small changes can make a big impact, and that you don’t necessarily need *more* to feel more joy. Rather, focus on making emotionally smarter choices that put a smile on your face, like the playful socks with a business suit Lee references.
In every one of the ten sections of the book, I found myself making mental connections with examples in my life – my fuzzy pink coat, watching my husband and puppy play, artfully arranging items for my instagram – these things clearly bring me joy. I couldn’t get enough, just READING Joyful was making me more cheerful.
If you pick up this read, don’t expect it to solve all your problems, but do use Lee’s insights to build yourself a more delightful world! If this sounds like your cup of tea, buy it here