Happiness tips from Eva Woods, author of How to Be Happy and The Lives We Touch
- Get moving. If I’m in a bad mood, it’s almost always because I’ve been stuck at my desk for hours or not left the house all day. I love swimming, dancing, a walk round the block, or even some yoga.
2. Visit a nice café. There’s something so cosy about a warm, coffee-scented café with good cake. I often go there to work, if I need to get out of the house.
3. Cook or bake something. I find this a good activity when I need to think things over – it keeps my hands active and requires just enough focus that I can still daydream about my work. Plus you’ll have something tasty and nutritious to eat!
4. Go to the cinema. Like everyone, I find it hard to put my phone down these days while watching TV. At the cinema I have to totally immerse myself in the film, and of course I have to get pick and mix as well.
5. Tidy up. I find it really hard to relax and be happy if the house is a mess or the laundry or dishes aren’t done. Tidying up a messy cupboard or sorting your wardrobe is very therapeutic – there’s a reason Marie Kondo is so popular!
6. Take a class. I love evening classes, as they give me a real sense of achievement while broadening my horizons and introducing me to new people. I’ve made some lifelong friends this way!
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The smallest things can make the biggest difference.
Annie has been sad for so long that she's forgotten how to be any other way. Until she meets Polly.
Polly is everything that Annie is not. She's colourful, joyful, happy. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it's that your time is too short to waste a single day.
Polly has one hundred days to help Annie find happiness. Annie's convinced it's impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey, Annie begins to realise that maybe, just maybe, there's still colour to be found in the world.
But then it becomes clear that Polly's about to need her new friend more than ever...and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.
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In our lives we'll meet something like eighty thousand people. Most of them just in passing, sitting beside them on a bus, buying a latte from them, overtaking them too fast on the motorway. Others will become friends, lovers, family. Some will stay in our lives forever, and some will be swept away by the flow of life. But we touch all of these people in some way, tiny or huge, making more of a difference that any of us can imagine.
Rosie is in a coma, unable to reach out to the world or communicate. She only has one chance to make it back to consciousness - but she's slipping deeper and deeper into a maze of memories and it's going to be hard to find her way out.
Daisy, Rosie's sister, is devastated by the accident. She's always been the good, dependable girl to Rosie's free spirit - but some of Rosie's attitude seems to be creeping into Daisy's dull existence. Can Daisy find the courage to be herself?
It only takes one tiny step to change a life forever...