HAPPY: Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect
3rd January 2017
This book is a way to release what's going on inside your head and to keep heading towards the good stuff. The simple stuff. The stuff that's going to really hit up that happiness on a deep and nourishing level. Whether you dip into these pages every now and then when you feel you need it, or use it daily as a positive exercise, I hope it brings you much relief, joy and calm. Amen to the pen.
For many of us, life can feel like it's moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides - whether that's from school or work, family or social media. As a result, we find ourselves frazzled, lost and - too often - feeling blue. It's a subject close to Fearne's heart. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, HAPPY offers practical ways of finding joy each and every day.
Happiness isn't a mountain to climb, it's just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you'll find little steps that will help make the differences that count. With workbook elements to help you start and end the day well; get in touch with your creative side; and find peace through written exercises, simple practical ideas and visualisations, these are daily tricks and reminders to help you unlock that inner happiness.
The book Happy was born from a huge personal shift in perspective and pivotal point in my life. I used to believe that life worked in a certain way and that particular moments should be reached or achieved, and along with that would come happiness.
The uncertainty of life though, of course, throws this way of thinking vastly off course and forces you to look at it all from a different angle.
After a particularly tough patch I was diagnosed with depression. Although excruciating, this explosive yet short period of my life lead me to soul search in new ways I hadn't before.
There might be assumptions made that if you are on TV or have experienced a certain journey in life then you should be immune to depression or sorrow. Having come from a lovely working class background to stumbling into the industry I work in, now I know how little these associations have a bearing on your inner happiness.
I learned to embrace what I was going through, hold on for dear life and to find another way. To me the only things that make a true impact on my own happiness are who I'm surrounded by, how much I let seemingly stressful events affect me and how I spend my time. Simple pleasures like being with my family, getting out in the fresh air, eating healthy food and music are all small things that impact my happiness daily. For me it's all about those small steps in the right direction rather than huge leaps where there are no guarantees.
These days I know what works for me, I'm calmer and indeed happier on a daily basis. This book covers the many ways we can look at that aspect of our lives and how we can access that inner good stuff. It's an honest book which I hope brings solace to others knowing they're not alone and also includes practical exercises to help tap up that happiness daily.