Readers, today I’m delighted to welcome team member Ginger Horton to share about a book that changed her life in the most practical of ways. Ginger is our Community Manager for the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club. Take it away, Ginger!
My favorite books are the kind that teach me something. But my very favorite books make me change something in my actual life as a result of what I’ve learned—look at a robin differently, budget differently, walk around the block differently.
Like so many, I was first introduced to Ingrid Fetell Lee through her excellent Ted Talk. I immediately rushed out and bought her book, Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness.
Of all the whimsical and practical things I learned, I’ve started to become a little fanatical about one of them: The Lightbulb.
Most of us learned in elementary school about light and how it affects color, but I did not know just how much warm and cool light could affect our happiness. Thankfully, Ingrid Fetell Lee knew.
As a result, I learned more than I ever dreamed I could want to know about Kelvin degrees and CRI (color rendering index). I had soon bookmarked the page and used it as my personal manual to use happier lightbulbs at home, deep dived into research about what lightbulbs were on the market, and photographed the page of said book on my phone so I could consult it in the home store aisle.
These days, I have a favorite brand, I’ve memorized the exacting joyful specifications, and I stock them in my laundry room just like I stock paper towels in the linen closet and pasta in the pantry.
I literally changed how I buy lightbulbs for my house because of this book. I’ve become so enthusiastic about these lightbulbs, I’ve had friends text me from the Target aisle, asking “Which lightbulbs am I supposed to buy again?” That’s why I’m so excited the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club is reading Joyful and talking with the author in December.
I love this book for its delightfully nerdy insider info on things like the psychology of why sports teams wear the same jersey, and also, why wedding parties do. (There’s a reason!) On things like why exactly it’s such a delight to find a 20-dollar bill forgotten in your pocket when you know you have another $20 in your wallet. And why so many happy things are circles (confetti, balloons, polka dots, daisies—the list goes on!).
But mostly, I’m happy because I’m always surrounded my wonderful light, because my lightbulbs are warm and bright and flattering. And I’m happy because I’ll never have to stand in the home store aisle again, wondering what on earth those lighting facts charts mean, feeling overwhelmed by options I don’t understand—and you don’t either.
Here’s what to do: buy the Kelvins closest to 3000 and the CRI close to 100. The GE Relax lightbulbs are my favorite. Ingrid Fetell Lee knows, and now you do, too.
We can’t do anything about daylight savings time, but we can fill our houses with joyful light.
What books have changed your life in practical ways? Do you have a favorite lightbulb? Please share in the comments.
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