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Seizure the Day

  • Publication Date: January 1, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781988298412 / 1988298415
  • 320 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Everyone can live a happier life, especially those with chronic illnesses. Brian Orend’s smart and accessible guide for people with illness, injury, or other challenges provides both a satisfying look into happiness as well as practical steps for living a measurably happier life.

When Brian Orend began having debilitating seizures that his doctors couldn’t explain, he began a quest to learn how he could be happier, even despite his challenging circumstances. He dove into the research about happiness, only to realize that much of the advice about happiness was aimed at “everyone” – failing to take into consideration the significant obstacles and circumstances faced by those with chronic conditions.

Orend realized that the advice required for augmenting happiness needs to be tailored for those experiencing ongoing health challenges. And so he wrote Seizure the Day – a smart, accessible guide, grounded in the latest scientific research, that tackles not only the background of happiness, but also provides concrete how-to advice for living a happier life.

As Seizure the Day demonstrates, people confronting challenging circumstances can make themselves measurably and sustainably happier. A better life, for each of us, awaits.

“This is a beautiful book about struggle and overcoming, told with insight, wisdom, and good cheer. At once smart and funny, it will, quite literally, put a smile on your face.” DARRIN M. McMAHON author of Happiness: A History

“Psychologists dominate the huge literature on happiness, which philosophy professor Brian Orend brilliantly elucidates and embellishes with Aristotle’s insights on happiness. From a context of personal struggles with chronic illness, he expounds on how to find pleasure in a world of hurt. But you don’t have to be hurting to benefit from his contribution to the rapidly growing literature on happiness, pleasure and meaning.” RONALD ANDERSON author of Alleviating World Suffering

“A professor takes on what will make us happy… both with a chronic medical condition and without one. Dr. Orend turns to the ancient Greeks and contemporary positive psychology. A particularly heartfelt case example involves the author himself.” Dr. MICHAEL B. FRISCH author of Quality of Life Therapy

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Seizure the Day on All Lit Up for Epilepsy Awareness Month
An interview with Brian Orend, author of Seizure the Day, and Aging Horizons Bulletin
Seizure the Day reviewed in the University of Waterloo's Imprint

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