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  • By: Catherine Gray
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  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

From the Sunday Times best-selling author.

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 rethink 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.

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.

©2019 Catherine Gray (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

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Honest and humorous book on how to live happily

This is the first book I have listened to by the author and I found her style engaging. As an over 50 year old I recognised many of the modern life issues she discusses and would agree with her solutions. It is good to see them pulled together in one book. Although it is primarily targeted to the middle aged I think there are important life lessons for younger readers. I have encouraged my teenage daughter to read the last chapter (she doesn’t read much!) as it nicely summarises much of the content.

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You brought be hope.

I love your mind, I love your words. Thank you so much for writing this and the unexpected joy of being sober. They've brought me joy and hope in some dark times.

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nodded along, laughing here and there

i have never struggled with alcohol addiction but i might well listen to the sober one as well, just for the hacks to tweak your mindset

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Excellent & Grounding

Really needed this to remind me to enjoy the simple things in life, thank you

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Absolutely loved this book

This book resonated with me in every way other than the drinking because I've never been that into it. It felt like it touched every subject that is important to me and echo'd my thoughts and feelings and gave them a nice spin. It gave me body positivity, evaporated my guilt over some things and made me realise what a great place I've got myself into and I really am seeing the joy in the ordinary, I shall be buying another book from this author, thank you for such a fantastic book!

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this book, and it opens up a side to exploring gratitude that not skin deep but explains how to really appreciate the ordinary things in life.

It’s really funny at times and sometimes very sad but overall a very enjoyable read.

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I loved this book

A lovely feel good listen that makes a serious point and will nudge you to re-appreciate your life.

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Worth a listen

Lots of useful information and very down to earth author. Enjoyable listen with no bull.

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great book .

really enjoyed it much better narrated than the first book. full of great pearls of wisdom and very relaxing to listen to. very well researched and covers a wide range of issues .

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Love everything about this book!

Absolutely love it! the voice that author is reading. so much information and funny joys!!!

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