Ingrid Fetell Lee // Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness

Ingrid Fetell Lee is a designer and author whose groundbreaking work reveals the hidden influence of our surroundings on our emotions and wellbeing. As a former design director at IDEO, author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, and the founder of the website The Aesthetics of Joy, she empowers people to find more joy in life and work through design. Her immensely popular TED talk “Where Joy Hides and How to Find it” has been viewed more than 17 million times.

Lee has been featured as an expert on design and joy by outlets such as The New York Times, Wired, PRI’s Studio 360, CBC’s Spark, Psychology Today, and Fast Company. She has over twelve years of experience in design and branding, having led design programs for Target, Condé Nast, Eileen Fisher, American Express, Kate Spade, Diageo, Pepsico, and the US government, among others. She was a founding faculty member in the Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her design work has been exhibited at imm Cologne, Germany.

See below for links to the podcast and Ingrid’s TedTalk.

iTunes // https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/good-true-beautiful-with-ashton-gustafson/id982221063?mt=2

Spotify // https://open.spotify.com/episode/23zxHYQRzrx0tLmSzuH5Sp?si=5lGxhjabS8KTi8ljeJmOGw

Stitcher // https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ashton-gustafson/let-the-music-play

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Golf and Gossip (and anything else for that matter)

You are not good at golf the first time you ever take a swing.

The more you play, the better you get.

Sure, some have a natural swing, but for most, the more they tee it up, the better they get.

And this goes for everything.

The more we tee up a critique, the better we become at critiquing. The more we tee up empathy and compassion the more comfortable we become at leaving our shoes and entering another’s.

So here’s the work…

Can you be aware enough today (and tomorrow) to realize that your practices and disciplines may have you on a trajectory that is nowhere close to your true goals and desires?

Practice doesn’t make perfect.

It creates purpose.

 

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12 Notes

For 700 years, 12 notes have made up all of the music and every song we’ve ever created and experienced.

What has consistently been the few things responsible for the music you have experienced and brought into the world?

Truth > Trend

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