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Publisher's Summary

What if all the things you’d been told would make you happy were red herrings? 

Jill Stark was living the dream. And then it all fell apart. It forced her to ask if she’d been sold a lie. From the ashes of Jill’s epic breakdown and through her own battles with mental-health issues comes this raw, funny, and uplifting exploration of our age of anxiety. Why, she asks, in a western world with more opportunity, choice, and wealth than ever before, are so many of us depressed, anxious, and medicated? When we’ve never had more ways to connect, why do we feel so profoundly disconnected? And could it be that our relentless pursuit of happiness is making us miserable?

Road-testing neuroscience’s latest psychological frontiers in compassion, acceptance, gratitude, play, hope and solitude, Jill turns the happiness fairytale on its head. What would happen if we stopped chasing, stayed still, and found calm and meaning in places we least expected?

©2018 Jill Stark (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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“A brilliant intersection between searing personal experience and the wisdom of the elders." (Hugh Mackay, author of The Good Life)

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You’re not alone - Thank you

I purchased this book and for reasons not important I could not finish it - so I managed to get the online copy to which I have finished - I was so sick and tired of hearing about 3 things for this and 10 things for that - I almost didn’t buy the book! OMG if you’ve ever felt alone or bewildered or just want to try and help someone else GET THIS BOOK ❤️ not only has it given me a perspective on someone else it has given me practical ideas that I can and have implement straight away to DO something not just think about it - Jill, thank you for sharing your thoughts, your friends and of course Hamish ( no eviction notices here) loved the humour the frankness and touching reminder that it is ok to feel broken and that we all have a story to tell - I am grateful, and excited that I have the book to reflect on 😊

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Honest and helpful

I loved it. I can relate all too well
Recommend to all chasing the never achievable online perfect life.

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Poignant and inspiring

Without ever having had mental illness, Jills story is utterly relatable. A moving, powerful story

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Loved it!

Absolutely loved it! so relatable, funny and informative as well. Will listen to it again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-2018

You’re not alone - Thank you

I purchased this book and for reasons not important I could not finish it - so I managed to get the online copy to which I have finished - I was so sick and tired of hearing about 3 things for this and 10 things for that - I almost didn’t buy the book! OMG if you’ve ever felt alone or bewildered or just want to try and help someone else GET THIS BOOK ❤️ not only has it given me a perspective on someone else it has given me practical ideas that I can and have implement straight away to DO something not just think about it - Jill, thank you for sharing your thoughts, your friends and of course Hamish ( no eviction notices here) loved the humour the frankness and touching reminder that it is ok to feel broken and that we all have a story to tell - I am grateful, and excited that I have the book to reflect on 😊

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  • 02-09-2018

Honest and helpful

I loved it. I can relate all too well
Recommend to all chasing the never achievable online perfect life.

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  • 12-11-2018

Poignant and inspiring

Without ever having had mental illness, Jills story is utterly relatable. A moving, powerful story

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  • 18-09-2018

Loved it!

Absolutely loved it! so relatable, funny and informative as well. Will listen to it again

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  • 11-09-2018

You’re not alone - Thank you

I purchased this book and for reasons not important I could not finish it - so I managed to get the online copy to which I have finished - I was so sick and tired of hearing about 3 things for this and 10 things for that - I almost didn’t buy the book! OMG if you’ve ever felt alone or bewildered or just want to try and help someone else GET THIS BOOK ❤️ not only has it given me a perspective on someone else it has given me practical ideas that I can and have implement straight away to DO something not just think about it - Jill, thank you for sharing your thoughts, your friends and of course Hamish ( no eviction notices here) loved the humour the frankness and touching reminder that it is ok to feel broken and that we all have a story to tell - I am grateful, and excited that I have the book to reflect on 😊

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  • 02-09-2018

Honest and helpful

I loved it. I can relate all too well
Recommend to all chasing the never achievable online perfect life.

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Poignant and inspiring

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  • 18-09-2018

Loved it!

Absolutely loved it! so relatable, funny and informative as well. Will listen to it again