21 January 2019
My thanks to the publishers and also to Alison Menzies PR for my copy of this book
Live Happy: 100 Simple Ways to Fill Your Life with Joy
Scientifically rigorous, practical & accessible. Part self-help book, part psychology primer and written by leading experts, it contains the latest thinking on positive psychology.
100 neat pieces of advice from practical steps to more aspirational long-term goals:
· Say hi to the neighbours
· Have a regular bedtime
· Dance more
· Improve your luck
· Embrace Ageing
Written by Experts - the authors are great communicators, and experts in the field of Positive Psychology. They back each tip up with scientific research.
My thoughts about it..
Monday 21st January is 'Blue Monday' is described as the saddest day of the year however, with this little book, which is filled with happiness, all depressing thoughts are instantly chased away.
The content of Live Happy is as sunny as its perfectly designed cover, I mean, who could fail to be unhappy when looking at the tranquil blue dragonfly background and the sunshine yellow dandelion clock which just screams of lazy days of sunshine.
It's all too easy to become worried and anxious about events which are beyond our control and so Live Happy is about finding good in all the positives, encouraging us to banish negativity and to embrace everything about what's happy about our lives right now this minute. And there's lots of really interesting snippets of positivity to be found amongst the 100 simple ways to enjoy your life, all of which are backed up by proper scientific research and sound common sense
Here are a few of my favourite things:
Number 21 - Realise Your potential is about breaking down goals into manageable steps and in doing so build confidence..
Number 23 - Boost Your Vitality stresses the importance of a balanced diet, regular exercise and a good night's sleep..
Number 65 - Small Acts of Kindness, doing good deeds, however small, helps us to feel more positive about ourselves and other people..
And my absolute favourite is Number 71 - Take Care of an Animal - those who are pet owners will already know the joyous benefits to be had from living with and caring for our furry companions.
I've really enjoyed reading through this beautifully presented little book, there's so much to enjoy and also so much to learn, and whilst it will certainly boost your mood on Blue Monday it will also encourage a real sense of purpose for every day of the year, when, if you look hard enough, there is always something to feel happy about 😊
About the Authors
Bridget Grenville-Cleave is an Charter Member of the International Positive Psychology Association and holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology. She is also a qualified life coach and NLP ( neuro -linguistic programming) practitioner.
Dr Ilona Boniwell is an academic psychologist and practitioner, specialising in Positive Psychology and well-being. She founded the European Network of Positive Psychology and acted as the main consultant for the BBC series The Happiness Formula and is the author of Positive Psychology in a Nutshell.
Twitter @modernbook #LiveHappy