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: 1. Giving – doing things for others 2. Relating – connecting with people 3. Exercising – taking care of your body 4. Awareness – living life mindfully 5. Trying out – keep learning new things 6. Direction – have goals to look forward to 7. Resilience – find ways to bounce back 8. Emotions – look for what’s good 9. Acceptance – be comfortable with who you are 10. Meaning – be part of something bigger
Vanessa King is a board member at Action for Happiness, expert on positive psychology and author of Ten Keys to Happier Living (Headline, 2016). She speaks internationally and translates the latest psychological research into practical action to help individuals, organisations and communities enhance their wellbeing and resilience.
Celeste Aires was born in San Juan, Argentina, a town by the Andeans. She grew up in a house with a big garden, two dogs and a little sister. She always loved drawing, painting, sculpting, writing and she always had a big imagination. In 2011, she moved to Buenos Aires to study Animation Direction and became a professional illustrator. She loves mid-century modern styles, geometrical shapes, adventure tales, chocolate, mountains, being outdoors, animals and plants. She also loves learning new things, so she’s always doing workshops and courses, such as silkscreen, letterpress, poster design, character design, among others.
Val Payne is an education consultant and teacher. She has enjoyed many years of experience working with children of all ages. Val has also co-developed a primary school programme based on the 10 Keys to Happier Living which has increased the wellbeing of students, and teachers say it has helped them feel happier too!
Peter Harper is a consultant clinical psychologist. He has enjoyed many years of experience working with children of all ages. Peter has also co-developed a primary school programme based on the 10 Keys to Happier Living which has increased the wellbeing of students, and teachers say it has helped them feel happier too!
Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier world. The movement's Patron is the Dalai Lama and its members take action in their personal lives, homes, workplaces and communities, all based on the latest scientific evidence about what really matters. Action for Happiness has over 100,000 members and an online community of over 1 million people across 170 countries. You can find out about Action for Happiness resources, courses, events and more at www.actionforhappiness.org.