Find Your Happy Medium, With Annmarie O’Connor

ANNMARIE O’CONNOR tells us how to start the NEW YEAR in the best possible way with her latest book, THE HAPPY MEDIUM


It’s 2017 – a new year, a new you and a new crack at life. The big question? Do you choose the life you want to live or the one you think you should be living? Here’s the thing. You don’t need to Base-jump off the Burj Khalifa tower while mainlining a bee pollen smoothie to live life to the fullest. You don’t need to embark on an Eat, Pray, Love excursion or join a womb circle in Bombay to feel connected; and you certainly don’t need to compete with an Insta-perfect version of ‘having it all’ to have what you want. ‘All’ by definition is limitless and, to be fair, that’s a mighty big ask. My recommended resolution? Aspiring to a happy medium. Allow me to explain.

My name is Annmarie O’Connor. I’m a bestselling author and inexpert expert on the subject of mindfulness. My new book, The Happy Medium, helps readers gain perspective on their personal satisfaction by swapping the weight of having it all for having more with less.


To be clear: this isn’t a mantra of mediocrity. Rather, it’s about finding balance in a full-throttle technocratic culture, discovering what it is you need so you can get more of what you want, your very own happy medium.

So, what can you expect? Let me break it down.

This book will help you discover your satisfaction type and manage the digital distractions that interfere with good choices; it will teach you to balance online and IRL connections with others, yourself and your selfie; it will guide you to give gratitude for what you have while going after what you want; it will get you to unplug and tune into your own personal WiFi (wisdom, intuition, feelings, instinct) instead of the gods of Google. Wait, there’s more! This book will also help you tap into your character strengths and find your flow; it will help you convert problems to purpose; most of all, it will show you how to create personal boundaries (bye bye, FOMO), savour the small things in life and create happiness on your own terms – nobody else’s. Not too shabby, eh?

The best bit? You don’t need any high-tech gadgetry, swanky subscription or secret code to get started. A happy medium starts inside your own head, that sweet spot where you can take five, tune into your radar and decide what frequency best suits you. Sometimes our aspirations are as lofty as an unfurling clifftop mansion; sometimes they’re as simple as a cup of coffee and a midday nap. Sometimes well-being is, well, well enough. And what’s so bad with that?

If you’d like to swap the mental burden of trying to ‘have it all’ for a more mindful life mantra, then get ready. It’s time to discover your happy medium.

The Happy Medium is published by Gill Books, and is available from the 6th January,  €14.99.

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