DIY Happiness Library

A selection of books to help you along the road to happiness.  Available from Hounslow Libraries.
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The How of Happiness: A practical guide to getting the life you want by Sonja LyubomirskyThe How of Happiness: A practical guide to getting the life you want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

A really practical ‘how-to’ guide to happiness with advice about how to tailor it to your own personality, needs and goals. From the scientist who’s done much of the research into ‘what really works’.

Flourish: A new understanding of happiness and well-being and how to achieve them by Martin E. P. SeligmanFlourish: A new understanding of happiness and well-being and how to achieve them by Martin E. P. Seligman

Ten years on from ‘Authentic Happiness’, Seligman’s new work is both a great source of knowledge about the latest in positive psychology – and an inspiring read.

Happier: Can you learn to be happy? by Tal Ben-ShaharHappier: Can you learn to be happy? by Tal Ben-Shahar

Highly readable, very personal and seriously practical guide by the teacher of Harvard University’s most popular course. Takes self-help to new heights.

Happiness: The thinking person's guide by Richard O’ConnorHappiness: The thinking person's guide by Richard O’Connor

Written by a psychotherapist with a personal experience of depression – a programme for restructuring your life and rewiring your brain. No quick fixes here but it covers all the territory – with lots of practical advice.

Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-DienerHappiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener

The world’s leading expert on happiness and his son, the ‘Indiana Jones’ of positive psychology, team up in a practical, science-based guide that covers health, work, relationships, money – and much more.

Happiness: Lessons from a new science by Richard LayardHappiness: Lessons from a new science by Richard Layard

Eminent British economist and founder of ‘Action for Happiness’ looks at the philosophy, economics, psychology and big questions about happiness – and gives us his views.

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance and personal renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony SchwartzThe Power of Full Engagement: Managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance and personal renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

A really practical approach to managing your energy from four perspectives: physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually – both at work and at home.

Va Va Voom De-stress by Jenny SutcliffeVa Va Voom De-stress by Jenny Sutcliffe

A fantastic little book full of 100 clever and simple ideas about how to de-stress at home, at work, and in life.

Va Va Voom Purify by Elizabeth WilsonVa Va Voom Purify by Elizabeth Wilson

The sister book to VaVaVoom De-stress, this one is full of 100 clever and simple ideas about how to recharge, rejuvenate, restore and rescue.

The Natural Way to Beat Depression: The groundbreaking discovery of EPA to successfully conquer depression by Hilary Boyd and Basant PuriThe Natural Way to Beat Depression: The groundbreaking discovery of EPA to successfully conquer depression by Hilary Boyd and Basant Puri

A good explanation of what depression is, why it occurs and what you can do about it – by researchers exploring the effects of Essential Fatty Acids (EPAs).

Finding Flow: The psychology of engagement with everyday life by Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiFinding Flow: The psychology of engagement with everyday life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

An exploration of the art and science behind one of the key ingredients to happiness – and how you can design your life to use your time more positively.

Positivity: Discover the groundbreaking science to release your inner optimist and thrive by Barbara FredricksonPositivity: Discover the groundbreaking science to release your inner optimist and thrive by Barbara Fredrickson

The most influential positive psychologist in the world explains her research into emotions, why we all should practice more ‘positivity’ – and how to do it.

Thanks! How the new science of gratitude can make you happier by Robert EmmonsThanks! How the new science of gratitude can make you happier by Robert Emmons

By the world’s leading expert on gratitude, a clear and practical book full of wisdom and inspiration about how to make the world a better place!

The Blue Zones: lessons for living longer from the people who've lived the longest by Dan BuettnerThe Blue Zones: lessons for living longer from the people who've lived the longest by Dan Buettner

Interesting and informative accounts about where in the world people live the longest, happiest lives…and why.

No waste like home: the plan that will change your world by Penney PoyzerNo waste like home: the plan that will change your world by Penney Poyzer

A colourful, money-saving, health-improving, planet-protecting guide to saving the world – starting with your own home.

Change the World for a Fiver: we are what we do by AnonChange the World for a Fiver: We Are What We Do by Anon

Clever, colourful, environmentally-perfect and created by London’s own ‘wearewhatwedo’ …full of inspiring and innovative ideas to prompt us all to think globally, act locally and live happier lives.

Teach your granny to text and other ways to change the world by We Are What We Do Community Interest CompanyTeach your granny to text and other ways to change the world by We Are What We Do Community Interest Company

Thirty small things, designed by children, to help change the world…by the same gang who brought us the inspired and inspiring ‘Change the world for a fiver’.

Vinegar: 1001 practical household uses by L&K Designs (Author)Vinegar: 1001 practical household uses by L & K Designs

A clean, ‘green’ and cheap alternative to household cleaners – with hundreds of other practical uses. Full of very practical tips, recipes and general info.

 

Compiled by Sherry Clark, Well London DIY Happiness Project Co-ordinator, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Sherry.clark@slam.nhs.uk

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