The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary - The Unexpected Joy Of (Hardback)
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The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary - The Unexpected Joy Of (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 26/12/2019

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Gently puncturing the bubble of overreaching hedonism, Catherine Gray encourages us to take joy in the ordinary pleasures of everyday life rather than striving for ever more unattainable levels of happiness. Wry and witty as well as wise and uplifting, The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary will give you a whole new perspective of life.

Learning how to be exalted by the everyday is the most important lesson we can possibly learn. In Catherine Gray's hilarious, insightful, soulful (and very ordinary) next book, you may learn to do just that.

We're told that happiness is in the extraordinary. It's on a Caribbean sun lounger, in the driving seat of a luxury car, inside an expensive golden locket, watching sunrise from Machu Picchu. We strive, reach, push, shoot for more. 'Enough' is a moving target we never quite reach.

When we do brush our fingertips against the extraordinary a deeply inconvenient psychological phenomenon called the 'hedonic treadmill' means that, after a surge of joy, our happiness level returns to the baseline it was at before the 'extra' event.

So, what's the answer? The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary theorises that the solution is rediscovering the joy in the ordinary that we so often now forget to feel. Because we now expect the pleasure of a croissant, a hot shower, a yoga class, someone delivering our shopping to our door, we no longer feel its buzz. The joy of it whips through us like a bullet train, without pause.

Catherine Gray was a grandmaster in the art of eye-rolling the ordinary, and skilled in everlasting reaching. Until the black dog of depression forced her to re-think everything.

Along the way, she discovered some surprising realities about the extraordinaries among us: that influencers risk higher rates of anxiety and depression, high-rollers are less happy, and huge frothy weddings increase the likelihood of divorce.

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781783253371
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Life-affirming. - THE TELEGRAPH

Wonderful. - INDEPENDENT

She made it her mission to learn how to be default happy rather than default disgruntled. - RADIO 4 - WOMAN'S HOUR

Take a leaf out of Gray's book and be kinder to yourself by appreciating life just as it is. - IRISH TIMES

This book came to me in an hour of need - during lockdown when I had to focus on the positive, appreciate simple things, not lose my shit, and value each day. It was a pure joy for me and held my hand. - SADIE FROST

Interesting and joyful. Lights a path that could help us to build resilience against society's urging to compare life milestones with peers. - LANCET PSYCHIATRY

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“Life changing stuff!”

An easily accessible and utterly enjoyable book packed with simple and doable ideas that have the potential to change your life. Written in a light hearted style but with enough substance to stop it being throwaway... More

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