Phosphorescence

Phosphorescence

On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark

by Julia Baird

Hardback Publication Date: 23/03/2020

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A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us even through the darkest times.

Over the last decade, we have become better at knowing what brings us contentment, well-being and joy. We know, for example, that there are a few core truths to science of happiness. We know that being kind and altruistic makes us happy, that turning off devices, talking to people, forging relationships, living with meaning and delving into the concerns of others offer our best chance at achieving happiness. But how do we retain happiness? It often slips out of our hands as quickly as we find it. So, when we are exposed to, or learn, good things, how do we continue to burn with them?

And more than that, when our world goes dark, when we're overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive or even bloom? In the muck and grit of a daily existence full of disappointments and a disturbing lack of control over many of the things that matter most - finite relationships, fragile health, fraying economies, a planet in peril - how do we find, nurture and carry our own inner, living light - a light to ward off the darkness?

Absorbing, achingly beautiful, inspiring and deeply moving, Julia Baird has written exactly the book we need for these times.

ISBN:
9781460757154
9781460757154
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
23-03-2020
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
320
Dimensions (mm):
210x153x29mm
Weight:
0.48kg
Julia Baird

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster, columnist and political commentator.

She has been a columnist and deputy editor of Newsweek, host of the investigative radio program Sunday Profile on the ABC, and currently hosts The Drum on ABC TV.

She is a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the New York Times.

She has a PhD in history and is a former fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School, Harvard.

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