What can you do to help yourself (and others) feel happier? This book is packed full of activities and ideas to try with family, friends and on your own. So, whether you feel happy right now and want to stay that way or you need some ideas to help you feel happier, this book is for you. It’s a cheerful, fun, inspiring, and varied collection of projects for creative, happy and thinking individuals, containing a mixture of step-by-step projects and shorter activity ideas that encompass happiness-inspiring crafts, mindfulness, relaxation, and positivity techniques, and fun ways to get active and boost happiness outdoors.
Read through the book from start to finish or dip in and out as the mood you. What’s more, these activities are great to repeat time and again as a child builds their happiness skills and incorporates techniques into their daily life. For younger children, parents and carers may wish to work through the book with them, offering guidance and support, whereas more confident readers, ‘tweens’, and young teens will be able to enjoy engaging with the book independently.
Each of the 50 activities relates to one of Action for Happiness’s 10 key evidence-based ways to increase happiness and wellbeing:
- Giving – doing things for others
- Relating – connecting with people
- Exercising – taking care of your body
- Awareness – living life mindfully
- Trying out – keep learning new things
- Direction – have goals to look forward to
- Resilience – find ways to bounce back
- Emotions – look for what’s good
- Acceptance – be comfortable with who you are
- Meaning – be part of something bigger
Paperback: 64 pages
Dimensions: 24.5 x 1.4 x 19.2 cm
Written by: Vanessa King
Illustrated by: Celeste Aires
About the Author:
Vanessa is a Board member of Action for Happiness (AfH), the leading UK-based not-for-profit that focuses on proactively building skills for psychological wellbeing and resilience. She leads the translation of psychological research into practical action for individuals, organisations and communities as well as Action for Happiness’ consulting work with organisations.
She is the architect of the 10 Keys for Happier Living, which have engaged and inspired people around the world to take action for themselves and others and have been used in a wide variety of ways, including in school curricula, design schools, communities and workplaces.
She is one of a small group people globally to have completed a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, studying under Martin Seligman and with many of the other leaders in this field.
Professionally Vanessa is an experienced leadership, talent and organisational development consultant, facilitator and has worked with a wide range of organisations around the world. She has led the design and implementation of a wide range of workshops and programmes focused on building wellbeing, resilience and innovation skills and developing talent. These include: The 10 Keys for Happier Living course for individuals in community, public health and education settings; the ‘Doing Well from the Inside Out’ programme for managers, leaders and teams in workplaces; the Mindful Leadership programme for executive teams and leaders; and most recently piloting a Happier Living movement at a leading technology company, as well as many bespoke programmes for leadership and talent development.
She has been featured or quoted in the Sunday Telegraph, FT, Sunday Express, Guardian Online, Huffington Post, amongst other publications and has a column in Psychologies magazine. She regularly speaks nationally and internationally and has given two TEDx talks and a Guardian Masterclass.
Prior to consulting Vanessa qualified as a chartered accountant, working at Arthur Andersen and PWC where she became a business analyst, which fuelled her interest in the potential of people and organisations and led her to move into HR with two global banks, Morgan Stanley and Bankers Trust and then to global consultancy Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). In addition to her Masters and ACA, she has a BSc (Joint Hons) in Psychology and Zoology.