Where joy hides and how to find it | Ingrid Fetell Lee

Where joy hides and how to find it | Ingrid Fetell Lee

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Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this captivating talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find — and create — more of it in the world around us.

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  1. Depressing urban architecture and interior design are deliberately employed to supress the human spirit. We are forced to concentrate on what the Germans call 'der Ernst des Lebens' (the earnestness of life); meaning the duty to abandon childhood and become productive. 9 out of 10 German mothers weep when their children must attend state schooling, because they know the joy and innocence of their child is about to be subjected to a methodical, years-long paring-down to suit the needs of the economy. Aesthetics as a weapon.

  2. I want to move to Florida because it’s so colorful. The houses are pink and blue and green here in Kansas everything is gray and bleak

  3. Before 1945 joyful shapes were more integrated with daily life. Then came an esthetic ideology of functionalism that most people don't like, even after 75 years. Turns out minimalism wasn't progressive, it has become conservative and limiting.

  4. What makes you want to jump (up & down) for joy? Certain things like: cherry blossoms, bubbles, hot air balloons, googly eyes, rainbows, fireworks… What is it that make them joyful? Round things, pops of bright color, symmetrical shapes, a sense of abundance and multiplicity, a feeling of lightness or elevation. Joy begins with the senses. Moments of joy are hidden in plain sight. Nursing homes, hospitals, homeless shelters, housing projects are devoid of these "aesthetics of joy." Being colorful or exuberant opens us up to judgement. Arakawa & Madelaine Genz believed these joyless places are killing us. By making an apartment that is more joyful, people feel younger. Color is a sign of life.

  5. Imagine there was no language, and you felt joy.
    How do you transfer the feeling of joy to another without a word?
    Now, since there is a word we call joy,can you feel joy by simply thinking the word joy?