Joyful – Ingrid Fetell Lee – review

I’ve read a lot of books about positive thinking. I live with cancer, and it’s one of the things you are supposed to do: be positive. I don’t know how many people have told me that. It’s a present day mantra. I’ve read a lot about happiness, and I’ve read my share of self help books. In fact, my husband has been known to ask me why I’m not perfect yet…

Anyhow, this isn’t really one of those books. It’s much better than that. It’s about joy – that fizzing, bubbling, golden feeling that we get from time to time. It’s about what makes us feel joyful, the science behind it, and how to create more moments of joy – but not by changing your inner self, by changing your environment.

It was one of those books that beautifully combines the feeling of “oh, yes, I recognise that…” with “aha! that’s why!”. I found it immensely satisfying. And inspiring. Somehow, I’ve never grasped the idea that I should be actively making my world joyful, and that it doesn’t take much.

This sounds really pathetic, but I’ve already had one great “joy” experience from reading this book. I bought a skirt. It’s bright blue and white stripes, with a biggish bow at the waist. It looks like it could have been designed by Helen Dryden. I loved it in the shop, but when I got it home, decided it was “too theatrical”. Thanks to Ingrid, I wore it to work. I had so many comments on it, and since then every time I’ve worn it, somebody has told me how much they like it. And each time, I’ve had a little boost, and they’ve had a little burst of pleasure (I presume) – and between us we’ve made the world a happier place.

So, yes, I loved this book, and I’m going to be buying copies for friends, and I’m going to look for joy, and create it, too.

Thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. It’s ironic that I scheduled this before I posted yesterday, but maybe that kind of bad news makes stuff like this even more important.
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About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.
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