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Growing Up Happy

Alexia Barrable, Jenny Barnett
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Alexia Barrable, Jenny Barnett

In Growing Up Happyneuroscientist Dr Jenny Barnett, and teacher and mum Alexia Barrable describe scientifically-proven methods by which children's happiness can be boosted in just a few minutes each day.With easy-to-use activities for toddlers through to teenagers, this book steers the reader through simple and practical ways, grounded in scientific research, to enhance children's - and adults' - day-to-day happiness. It includes? How practising mindfulness is possible even for your toddler? Why time outdoors helps your mental state, whatever the weather? How singing, smiling and stroking a cat all activate your 'bonding chemistry' ? Why fostering gratitude will make your teenager happierThis book will not tell you how to be a flawless parent, or how to raise perfect children, but it will give you proven and successful ways in which to make the days you spend with your kids more enjoyable, meaningful, and ultimately happier.

Abby Norman

Abby Norman is a science writer and editor. Her work has been featured in The Rumpus, The Independent, Paste Magazine, Medium, Atlas Obscura, Seventeen, Quartz, Cosmopolitan, and Lady Science/The New Inquiry. As a patient advocate and speaker, she has been on conference faculty at The Endometriosis Foundation of America, Stanford University's Medicine X conference, and received health literacy training through The Dartmouth Institute. She is currently an associate science editor at Futurism and the host of Let Me Google That on Anchor.fm. She lives on the coast of Maine with her dog, Whimsy.

Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman - who worked for many years as a theoretical physicist - is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller Einstein's Dreams, as well as The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of a memoir, three collections of essays, and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. He has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.

Charles Stross

Charles Stross is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of seven Hugo-nominated novels and winner of three Hugo awards for best novella, two of which are part of the Laundry Files series, Stross's works have been translated into over twelve languages. As the owner of degrees in pharmacy and computer science, he graduated as the world's only academically qualified cyberpunk writer just as cyberpunk died. Today he describes his job as telling lies for money and tormenting his imaginary friends. Follow his blog at http://www.accelerando.org/ and his Twitter feed at @cstross.

David Veale

David is the author of Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Manage Your Mood, along with Rob Willson. He is a consultant psychiatrist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Priory Hospital, North London. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is an accredited cognitive behaviour therapist and President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 2006-8. He has about 50 publications to his name, accessible through his website www.veale.co.uk. He has been helping people with depression and anxiety disorders for more than 15 years.

Donna Eden

Donna Eden has been teaching people to understand the body as an energy system for two decades. She speaks to capacity crowds and runs workshops all over the world. She is married to psychologist David Feinstein.

Emma K. O'Donoghue

Emma K. O'Donoghue, DClinPsy, is a senior clinical psychologist working in community psychosis settings in South London. She has a longstanding interest in using ACT approaches for people experiencing first episode and established psychosis and those with bipolar affective disorder. She coordinated a recent randomized controlled trial of ACT workshops for service users and caregivers in community psychosis settings and is involved in working with service users to facilitate ACT interventions. O'Donoghue regularly trains psychologists in ACT for psychosis interventions and teaches on London psychology masters and doctoral courses in ACT approaches.

Eric M.J. Morris

Eric M. J. Morris, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the La Trobe University Psychology Clinic, Melbourne, Australia. Morris previously worked as the psychology lead for early intervention for psychosis at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He has twenty years' experience treating people with psychosis, and their families, using psychological therapies. Morris completed a PhD at King's College London, researching acceptance and commitment therapy as an individual- and group-based intervention for people recovering from psychosis, and as workplace resilience training for mental health workers. Morris is a coeditor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis and coauthor of the self-help guide, ACTivate Your Life: Using Acceptance and Mindfulness to Build a Life That Is Rich, Fulfilling and Fun.

Graham Easton

Dr Graham Easton is a practising GP, Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at Imperial College Medical School where he trains medical students and junior doctors in general practice. He has twenty years' experience as a successful communicator of medical ideas to the non-medical public. He was senior producer and presenter in the BBC Science Unit, launching and presenting Radio 4's Case Notes and a range of other programmes. He is a regular guest and occasional presenter on Health Check. He was an editor at the British Medical Journal for four years and is on the editorial boards of the British Journal of General Practice and Education for Primary Care. He has had his own regular columns on the BBC Health website and for Eve Magazine and has published articles in the Radio Times, Tesco Healthy Living and Empire magazine. He is co-author of How to Pass the CSA Exam and General Practice at a Glance (first prize winner in the Primary Care category at the BMA Book Awards 2013).

James Kingsland

JAMES KINGSLAND is a science and medical journalist with twenty-five years' experience working for publications including New Scientist, Nature and most recently the Guardian, where he was a commissioning editor and contributor for its Notes & Theories blog. On his own blog, Plastic Brain, he writes about neuroscience and Buddhist psychology.

Jan Van Niekerk

Jan Van Niekerk, PhD, is a registered clinical psychologist practicing in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He is an associate at the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre in affective disorders and author of Coping with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

John Bradshaw

John Bradshaw has combined his exceptional skills in the role of counsellor, author, management consultant, theologian, philosopher and public speaker, becoming one of the leading figures in the field of addiction recovery, family systems, relationships, spiritual and emotional growth and management training. His dynamic therapies are practised all over the world. A much sought-out speaker, Bradshaw has truly touched and transformed the lives of millions.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria.He is the author of numerous bestselling books about mindfulness and meditation. Overall, his books have been translated into over 30 languages.

Joseph E. Oliver

Joseph E. Oliver, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has been working within the UK National Health Service for the past ten years, specializing in the treatment of psychosis. He runs a private ACT-based consultancy in London, UK, that offers training, supervision and psychological therapy. He is also chair of the national BABCP ACT committee, which promotes and develops ACT within the UK. Oliver is coeditor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis and coauthor of the self-help guide, ACTivate Your Life: Using Acceptance and Mindfulness to Build a Life That Is Rich, Fulfilling and Fun.

Justin J. Lehmiller

Dr. Justin J. Lehmiller is a social psychologist and one of America's leading experts on human sexuality. He is currently the Director of the Social Psychology Program at Ball State University and a Faculty Affiliate of The Kinsey Institute. Formerly, he served on the faculty at Harvard University. In addition to being an award-winning educator, Dr. Lehmiller is a prolific scholar who conducts research on sexual fantasy, casual sex, secret relationships, and safer-sex practices. He has authored dozens of scientific publications and is the author of the sexuality textbook The Psychology of Human Sexuality. Dr. Lehmiller is on the editorial boards of several prominent academic journals in the fields of relationships and sexuality, including the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and he is an elected full member of the International Academy of Sex Research.Dr. Lehmiller holds advanced degrees in psychology, including a Master of Science from Villanova University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Kaja Nordengen

Kaja Nordengen is a physician specialising in neurology at Akershus University Hospital. She also teaches at University of Oslo. Norengen has always been fascinated by the brain and completed her PhD in 2014.

Katy Sobey

Katy Sobey BiographyKaty is from Bristol and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.Theatre includes: Orpheus & Eurydice (Insane Root, Suspension Bridge Vaults), Rocky: A HorrorShow (The Wardrobe Theatre), The Woodlanders (Hammerpuzzle/Cheltenham Everyman), Othello(Stafford Gatehouse), Here Be Monsters (UK Tour), Hot Air (Tobacco Factory Theatre/MyrtleTheatre Co.), King John (Hammerpuzzle/The Egg), A Midsummer Night's Dream (UK Tour), Flood(Bike Shed Theatre), Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin (Little Wolf/Loughborough Town Hall), EarlyDoors (Edinburgh Festival) and The Taming of the Shrew (Sam Wanamaker Festival, The Globe).Katy has appeared in several radio plays for BBC Radio 4, including Tess In Winter, The All-Clear,The Shining Heart and Writing the Century: The Dock. She has also featured in multiple episodesof Poetry Please with Roger McGough.On television, Katy has appeared on BBC 1's daytime drama, The Indian Doctor.Katy has recorded numerous audiobooks and is a featured artist on Audible UK's Narrator'sGreatest Hits. She is the voice of the popular young adult series, Geek Girl.

Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi was born in Poland and grew up in France and Canada. A novelist and writer, she is visiting professor of Literature and the Medical Humanities at King's College London. She was chair of the Freud Museum from 2008-2014 and is a former president of English PEN. She was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in 2013. Her published work includes Mad, Bad and Sad, All About Love and Losing the Dead. @LisaAppignanesi

Louise C. Johns

Louise C. Johns, DPhil, is a consultant clinical psychologist and BABCP accredited cognitive behavioral therapist. She works in the Oxford Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, overseeing the delivery and evaluation of psychological interventions for clients and their caregivers, including the training and supervision of staff. She is also an honorary senior research fellow in the department of psychiatry, University of Oxford, and an associate member of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. She is coeditor of the book, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis.

Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full-time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.