Hi All. I watched a Ted Talk recently by Ingrid Fettell Lee on the feeling of joy, and where we find joy in our lives and world around us. It was so interesting it’s been playing on my mind ever since. I thought wouldn’t be awesome if I could tangibly bring joy to my clients through the work that I do. I mean I know I make people happy. That look and reaction of happiness that I get when clients see their home transform into something beautiful. But there’s a real difference between happiness and joy. Joy is an intense momentary feeling that you get, it’s a feeling in the moment, happiness is a feeling that can be measured over time.
Science has proven that certain physical aesthetics can create a feeling of joy in a vast number of people. Ingrid says “the physical world can be a powerful resource to us in creating happier, healthier lives”. Ingrid found that things like cherry blossoms, bubbles, tree houses, and ice cream cones with the colourful sprinkles. Also flowers, rainbows, fireworks all came up again and again, and it seems that all of these things she said are “universally joyful”.
So why is this important to me? When Ingrid looked at what patterns were occurring with these things that were creating that sense of joy she found patterns forming, such as round shapes, things with pops of bright colour, symmetry, a feeling of lightness or elevation like blue water, hot air balloons, clouds, these are all sensory things, things that bring joy to our senses. For me that’s so important in the work that I do. When I’m working on a client’s personal space, I want them to have a sensory experience, and hopefully a joyful one!
So how do we translate this into our homes? In many ways, look at the images in the grid. Tune in to what is making you feel that joy. You can then take elements and bring them into your home. Do this through brave use of bright colour pops – this can be in artwork, wallpaper, rugs, cushions, and if you’re really brave on cabinetry, curtains or lighting. Ingrid states that “colour is seen as a sign off life, a sign of energy” we want that in our homes, right? Round off your edges in many pieces of furniture – for instance a round coffee table to replace a square, a round mirror, a round rug, a rectangular dining table with rounded corners. And how about this feeling of lightness or elevation? Well for me that’s about not having a lot of clutter in my home, it’s this feeling of calm organisation that allows daily living to be a little more light and carefree. Also choosing to use lighter, airy colours in many areas of my home will assist me to feel this way.
Let’s create spaces that inspire us to live our best lives, and to feel joyful whilst doing so.
Watch Ingrid’s Ted Talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/ingrid_fetell_lee_where_joy_hides_and_how_to_find_it?language=en#t-636321
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