Helen Russell "The Atlas of Happiness: the global secrets of how to be happy"
Today I'd like to recommend a lighter and more hopeful book - but equally necessary. I suggest picking it up especially if you feel like you would like to be happy, but your head is empty, your memories are all black, your dreams are shattered, your motivation level is zero and you have no idea where to start. Reading this book may bring you to several outcomes:
- "ooh, I'd like to do that as well"
- "well, someone likes that, fine, I really would not like to do that - but this is what would make me feel better"
- "great, they are happy, but my life is completely different and I cannot apply this at all"
- maybe something else that I cannot think of right now
First two thoughts are helpful, and you might want to try keeping them in mind (or on a note) while reading. If you keep having a thought that is similar to theirs, or any other unhelpful statements - please remind yourself, that the task is to try and imagine yourself doing this; if it does not fit your vision of being happy - then perhaps it will awaken others. It is not a book of solutions and recipes, it is a building material for your thinking process, additional words and visions that should awaken your ow imagination of your own happiness.
It will not be worse if you read it.
My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to discuss more books!
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