Activity: Bring Joy Into Your Body
What does stress or anxiety feel like in your body? How about joy? Ingrid Fetell Lee is guessing the first question was likely easier for you to answer.
Ingrid, the author of Joyful and a designer who has spent more than 12 years deciphering the aesthetics and science of joy, says we’re very attuned to the physical feeling of stress, but noticing joy—something we often think of as very ephemeral and fleeting—can be just as powerful.
Try these two warm ups she shared on the Creative Confidence Podcast to bring the feeling of joy into your body. They can help set the tone for a generative brainstorming session, a round of introductions, a project kickoff, and many other moments.
Looking Inward: Joy Reflection
Feelings of warmth and expansion are common. Ingrid says that’s because joy is an approach oriented emotion, biologically speaking. The physiological response is for blood to come up and into the face and body. We feel joy because it's pulling us toward things that we care about.
Looking Outward: Joyspotting
For a more detailed version of this activity, download Ingrid’s Joyspotter’s guide at aestheticsofjoy.com.
Hear more about finding joy at work from our podcast conversation with Ingrid Fetell Lee.
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