‘The Joy of Missing Out makes a powerful, compelling and much-needed argument for self-restraint – on pragmatic grounds, moral grounds, psychological grounds and even aesthetic grounds. Be sure to read this book before your next shopping trip, or job change, or relationship change. This is as good a case as I have seen for when and why less can be more.’
Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice and co-author of Practical Wisdom
“An exhilarating broadside against the intense modern pressure to do more, be more, to become happier and more productive, and to ‘find yourself ’. In championing Stoicism over the relentless and exhausting wild-goose chase of self-help, Svend Brinkmann – though he might not like the fact – has written a book that truly helps.”
Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian
"This volume by the Danish psychology professor Svend Brinkmann is designed to liberate us from over-stimulated modern lives through the old fashioned ideas of restraint and moderation."
“This smart little pamphlet is, in a way, a manifesto for personal degrowth, or shrinkage.”Steven Poole, The Guardian
"Compelling"Moya Sarner, The Guardian
The Globe and Mail