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Really, you do.

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I’m Ingrid Fetell Lee, designer, author, and founder of the School of Joy.

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Fifteen years ago, I set out to understand why certain places and things bring us joy. That research has since become a blog, a TED talk, and a bestselling book called Joyful.

And while I never pictured myself at the helm of a happiness school, it makes a strange kind of sense.

Science says that joy has a powerful, transformative effect on our well-being.

Design says, “Let’s make more of it.”

And that’s exactly what we do here. We take peer-reviewed papers and turn them into practices that help you design a better life.

Joy isn’t a nice-to-have. It’s a must-have. And we’re here to help you find it.

Joy is not a luxury.