After suffering from a deep depression, journalist Rachel Kelly wrote a diary of her year filled with strategies that helped her stay relaxed and happy. Throughout the seasons, Rachel noted the things that brought her inner peace, such as poetry and spending time with her children, and the things that didn't, like saying 'yes' to all invitations and drinking alcohol.
"You cannot simply become happy, like flicking a switch in your head. Rather happiness is often an indirect consequence of the way we think and our actions," she writes. You won't go from grumpy to grinning automatically, but by incorporating some of these easy techniques into your day, you'll soon notice a difference in your outlook.
It's easy to take things for granted, to live on autopilot and to let your happiness fall by the wayside. Luckily, Walking On Sunshine isn't another weighty self-help book to clog up your shelves. It's short, sweet and totally doable. And while her tips are unique to her life, the philosophy behind them can be applied in anybody's daily life.
So it's no wonder that this little wonder is already on its sixth reprint and is tipped to be a Christmas bestseller. Can't wait for your copy? Read through some of Rachel's easiest tips here on woman&home...
Walking On Sunshine: 52 Small Steps To Happiness is out now (Short Books, £9.99).
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