The Happiness Passport

A world tour of joyful living in 50 words

The Happiness Passport
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Format: Hardback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781781318027
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"In Hayes’ book, The Happiness Passport, she joins the dots between these differing beliefs to help us cultivate a richer shared vocabulary of happiness, and unravels the global interpretations of living well and contentedly." - Psychologies magazine

The Happiness Passport takes the reader on a journey around the world seeking out the secrets of wellbeing from cultures far and wide. 
 
There are wonderfully evocative words in this collection that resonate with universal emotions: the ability of the natural world to deeply move us as captured by the Japanese word yugen, or the overwhelming urge to cuddle an adorable pet described by the Philippine Tagalog gigil. Each concept is deeply ingrained in its place of origin: long, dark Danish days encourage the warmth and cosiness of hygge, while the satisfied chatter after a sun-soaked meal - sombremesa - resonates uniquely with Spanish hospitality. 
 
Let the Happiness Passport be your guide, examining the cultural context of each expression and the lessons that we can apply in our own lives to achieve greater contentment. A must-read for all those seeking a more balanced life, this beautiful guide features original illustrations that evoke each elusive expression.

The author

Megan Hayes is a researcher, writer, and pioneer of the Positive Journal® approach to personal writing. She is an expert in positive psychology, always seeking new techniques to help people flourish and find happiness. 

Regularly presenting her research at conferences across the globe, Megan is passionate about helping others find the tools they need to improve their wellbeing. She also has a personal interest in mental health issues, having grown up with a mother and sister who both experienced bi-polar episodes.

Megan is the author of Write Yourself Happy, The Happiness Passport and The Serenity Passport.

Megan Hayes is a researcher, writer, and pioneer of the Positive Journal® approach to personal writing. As an academic in the field of positive psychology, as well as a creative writing graduate, she has spent the last decade studying writing, the psychology of happiness, and researching ways that writing makes us happier. She has a passion for all things related to wellbeing and a personal interest in mental health issues, having grown up with a mother and sister who both experienced bi-polar episodes.

Megan has presented her research at conferences in the UK, United States and Europe, including the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and the European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP). Her first book, Write Yourself Happy, will be published in 2018.  

Yelena Bryksenkova was born in St Petersburg, Russia, grew up in Cleveland, and studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. Now living in Los Angeles, Yelena works as a freelance illustrator and fine artist for clients such as Anthropologie, Apartment Therapy, Chronicle Books, Flow Magazine, The New York Times, and Urban Outfitters. Her small pen and acryla gouache paintings are inspired by her love of home and the comfort of everyday objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes.
 
Yelena has 49k followers on Instagram, and her Etsy shop has received 21,767 favourites. 
 

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Specs

Format: Hardback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781781318027
Illustrations: 50 illustrations
Size: 6.299 in x 8.268 in / 160 mm x 210 mm
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