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The Upside of Downtime

Sandi Mann
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Sandi Mann

Are we living in an age where we are more boredom-prone? Or are other people boring us? Or could we be that boring person?!In our current information age, we are constantly connected to technology, and have so many varied ways to spend our leisure time that we should all surely never know what boredom feels like. Yet, boredom appears to be on the rise; it seems that the more we have to stimulate us, the more stimulation we crave. In a quest to relieve our boredom, we engage in dangerous risk-taking - from extreme sports to drugs to gambling to anti-social behaviour, or we overindulge in shopping or eating. The Upside of Downtime explores the causes and consequences of boredom in the fast-paced twenty-first century. Parents are desperate to keep their children entertained during every waking moment, the education system is geared towards interactivity, and attention spans are dropping as we use multiple devices at all times. But the world of work can be increasingly repetitive and routine, and we are losing the ability to tolerate this everyday tedium.Using Sandi Mann's own ground-breaking research into boredom, this book tells the story of how we act, react and cope when we are bored, and argues that there is a positive side to boredom. It can be a catalyst for humour, fun, reflection, creativity and inspiration. The radical solution to the 'boredom problem' is to harness it rather than try to avoid it. Allowing yourself time away from constant stimuli can enrich your life. We should all embrace our boredom and see the upside of our downtime.

Amber Rae

Amber Rae is an author, artist, and speaker devoted to inspiring people to express the fullness of their gifts. Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with psychology and neuroscience, and has reached over 5 million people in 195 countries. Her public art has spread to over twenty countries, and she's spoken to and collaborated with brands like Kate Spade, Apple, Amazon, and Unilever. Fortune said her work is "determined to help people tap intotheir creativity," Forbes said it "helps people follow through on their ambitions," and Mind Body Green called her "The Brene Brown of Wonder." She's been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Fast Company, BBC, ABC World News, Tim Ferriss's blog, and more. Previously, Amber helped launch six best-selling books as Chief Evangelist of Seth Godin's publishing experiment and started an "accelerator for your life" called The Bold Academy. She's lives in Brooklyn and around the world.

Ariane Sherine

Ariane Sherine is a comedy writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in, among others, the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Observer and the Independent, and she has worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. She loves writing fiction, photography, illustration, video editing and jewellery designing, and is happiest when sitting in her garden on a sunlit day with her daughter, Lily.

Ayelet Waldman

AYELET WALDMAN is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She was a federal public defender and taught a course on the legal implications of the War on Drugs at the UC Berkeley law school. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Michael Chabon, and their four children.

Beth Kempton

Beth Kempton has a Masters Degree in Japanese and has spent many years living and working in Japan, which she considers her second home. Over the years she has studied papermaking, flower arranging, pottery, noren-making, calligraphy, the tea ceremony, and weaving in Japan. Collectively these experiences have led to a deep love of the country and a rare understanding of cultural and linguistic nuances. She has been inhaling the magic and mystery of Japan - and been influenced by its philosophy and aesthetics - for over two decades. Beth is also an award-winning entrepreneur and self-help author, and co-founder of the online design magazine MOYO (which is Japanese for 'pattern'). She describes herself as a wanderer, an adventurer and a seeker of beauty.As Founder and CEO of Do What You Love, Beth has produced and delivered online courses and workshops that have helped thousands of people all over the world to discover their passion, explore their creativity and live a more inspired life.Named a 'Rising Star' by Spirit & Destiny Magazine, Beth was also nominated as Kindred Spirit Magazine Mind Body Spirit Blogger of the Year 2017. Her blog was recently named one of the Best Happiness Blogs on the Planet. She is the author of 'Freedom Seeker: Live more. Worry less. Do what you love." (Hay House, 2017). She previously trained in TV presenter skills at NTV in Tokyo, and many moons ago hosted her own TV show on Yamagata Cable Television in northern Japan. Beth has written about Japan and Oriental philosophy in various publications including Wanderlust, Yoga Magazine and Where Women Create.Beth is the mother of two small girls who fill her with joy every single day. www.bethkempton.com

Carol Dweck

Dr. Carol S. Dweck is widely regarded as one of the world's leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology and developmental psychology. She has been the William B. Ransford Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and is now the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly bookSelf-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Developmentwas named Book of the Year by the World Education Fellowship. Her work has been featured in such publications asThe New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, andThe Boston Globe, and she has appeared onTodayand 20/20. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California.

Carrie Hope Fletcher

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, author, vlogger and, thanks to her popular YouTube channel, 'honorary big sister' to over a million young people around the world. Carrie's first book, All I Know Now, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and her debut novel, On the Other Side, also went straight to number one in its first week on sale. Carrie's second and third novels, All That She Can See and When The Curtain Falls were both Top Five Sunday Times bestsellers.Carrie played the role of Eponine in Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre in London's West End for almost three years and received the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover in a Role. She has since played Beth in The War of the Worlds, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (for which she received the 2018 WhatsonStage award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Brenda Payne in Tom Fletcher's The Christmasaurus. She is currently playing Veronica in Heathers: The Musical at The Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End. Carrie's debut album, also called When the Curtain Falls, was released in 2018.Carrie lives just outside of London with numerous fictional friends that she keeps on bookshelves, just in case.

Cathy Creswell

CATHY CRESWELL is a professor of developmental clinical psychology based in the school of psychology and clinical language sciences at the University of Reading and an honorary consultant clinical psychologist and joint director of the University of Reading Anxiety and Depression in Young People (AnDY) clinical research unit.

Derrick Silove

Professor Silove is the author of Overcoming Panic and the Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia Self-help Course, along with Vijaya Manicavasagar. He is a clinical psychiatrist and Director of the Centre for Population Mental Health Research and the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit at the School of Psychiatry, the University of New South Wales. He has worked for many years in the area of anxiety and traumatic stress, his main area of clinical work, research, service development and teaching.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.

Lauren Handel Zander

Lauren Handel Zander is a life coach, university lecturer, and public speaker. As Co-Founder and Chairman of Handel Group, an international corporate consulting and private coaching company, she has coached countless private clients: professors, politicians, award-winning artists, and Fortune 500 CEOs. The Handel Method has been taught at MIT, Stanford University, NYU, and in the New York City Public School System. Lauren has also led seminars and conferences all over the world and has contributed to The New York Times, Forbes, Self, Women's Health, Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, and The Huffington Post.

Louise Mortimer

LOUISE MORTIMER was educated at Yateley Hall, Daneshill and Tudor Hall. She has had a mixed career history: PR to an antiques' dealer, sales assistant, professional cook, kindergarten teacher at Garden House School, volunteer teacher for various charities in India and Mauritius. She has two children, Rebecca and Benjamin, and is currently semi-retired and living peacefully with slightly overweight border terrier, Marley Mortimer, in London.

Lucy Willetts

LUCY WILLETTS is a clinical psychologist and accredited CBT therapist. She is also a visiting fellow at the University of Reading. She has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and young people and has published a number of research papers and several books.

Mary Burgess

Dr Burgess, author of Overcoming Chronic Fatigue, has worked as a therapist in the area of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) for more than ten years. She is both a clinician and a researcher, at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine in London. Much of her research has been into ways of bringing treatment to CFS patients who, because of their illness, have difficulty attending her clinics. She is currently working as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist at the School's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research and Treatment Unit.

P.Z. Reizin

P.Z. Reizin worked as a journalist and producer in newspapers, radio and television before turning to writing. He has been involved in several Internet startup ventures, none of which went on to trouble Google, Twitter or Facebook. He is married with a daughter and lives in London.

Pamela Myles

Pamela Myles is director of training at the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment, University of Reading. Pam's research predominantly focuses on CBT training and supervision. she is the recipient of the University of Reading Teaching and Learning Team Award. Pam also sits on the Scientific Committee for the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

Patrick Holford

Patrick Holford is founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London. He is also director of the Food for the Brain Foundation and an honorary fellow of the British Association of Nutritional Therapy. He is one of Britain's top nutrition experts and is the author of over 25 health books.

Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper is Professor of Psychology at the University of Reading. He is also a practising clinical psychologist and Series Editor of the 'Overcoming' series. Peter Cooper is Professor of Psychopathology at the Winnicott Research Unit at the University of Reading. Recognised as one of the world's experts in the treatment of bulimia he has more recently focused on the treatment of postpartum depression.

Priscilla Almada

Priscilla Almada, PhD, is a research scientist. Over the last decade, she has been committed to exploring the science, art, and practice of cultivating prosocial and sustainable communities. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

Rachel Hiller

RACHEL HILLER is a clinical psychologist and researcher in developmental psychopathology at the University of Bath, UK. She worked for a number of years at the Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic in South Australia, where she specialised in CBT treatments for childhood sleep disorders. Her clinical and research work in the UK continues to focus on helping families of children with sleep and anxiety disorders.