The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary: In Celebration of Being Average by Catherine Gray
Format : Hardcover
ISBN-13 : 9781783253371
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
Underwhelmed by your ordinary existence? Disillusioned with your middlin' wage, average body, 'bijou' living situation and imperfect loved ones?
Welcome to the club. There are billions of us. The 'default disenchanted'.
But, it's not us being brats. Two deeply inconvenient psychological phenomenons conspire against our satisfaction. We have negatively-biased brains, which zoom like doom-drones in on what's wrong with our day, rather than what's right. (Back in the mists of time, this negative bias saved our skins, but now it just makes us anxious). Also, something called the 'hedonic treadmill' means we eternally quest for better, faster, more, like someone stuck on a dystopian, never-ending treadmill.