Can by Casalinga; bowl and glass bottle by Menu; cup by HAY; round bowl by Studio Arhoj; glass by Notre Dame Happiness is often viewed as an ethereal and esoteric concept—a feeling that’s more governed by destiny and circumstance than the product of a well-developed scheme. But living a fulfilled life is mostly within our control, and it’s highly receptive to strategies inspired by creative disciplines. By borrowing from the way designers solve problems—sometimes referred to as design thinking—we can generate innovative solutions for achieving greater happiness. The conversation regarding the relationship between design and happiness has gained traction in recent years. Whether it’s a witty billboard that makes us chuckle on our commute to work or a chaise lounge perfectly contoured to our spine, the objects and experiences that get the little details right can boost our appreciation of both the world around us and ourselves. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Eighteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades.