5 books on the theme of wellbeing

PUBLISHED: 00:00 25 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:12 27 March 2020

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The current climate means that all of us may be looking for a whole new perspective on life.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Matt Haig became one of the most acclaimed authors of 2015 after releasing his hit book Reasons to Stay Alive, which detailed his personal struggles with depression and anxiety. In a short time the book gained vast recognition and was even proclaimed to have saved lives. Now continuing his mission to open up the dialogue surrounding mental health and wellbeing, Matt releases another personal novel titled Notes on a Nervous Planet. Here he offers readers even more important insight into mental wellbeing and some added guidance on how to feel happy amongst the madness of the 21st century.

Notes on a Nervous Planet has a calming and simplistic style that makes it easy to consume and yet still deeply thought–provoking and engaging. Above all else, it is Matt’s honesty and strength to tackle hard topics face on that makes his work such a profound, and engrossing, read.


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This feel-good book of wisdom found itself as the #1 New York Times Bestseller for more than two years, which speaks volumes. Author Gretchen Rubin decided to track her year-long mission to try and discover what creates true happiness in our lives. Her encounters with science, philosophy and real-world examples leads her to deliver some truly captivating and relatable content that will uplift your spirit.

From the simple things we can do everyday to add a little extra joy, to the bigger questions about what a happy life really means, the happiness project covers it 
all and more.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Successful blogger Mark Manson asks you to bin all the cliché self-help advice you’ve heard over the years and trade it in for some brutal – but helpful – honesty instead. His counterintuitive approach to happiness involves caring less about things that don’t deserve your energy. Mark not so subtly argues that we should stop trying to grasp onto this perception of constant positivity and happiness, and instead focus on learning how to better handle the adversity of daily life.

At its very core the book is about realising what is most valuable to you and letting go of everything else – and really who among us couldn’t do with this wake up call?


The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Would you believe me if I told you that Shonda Rhimes, Hollywood legend and creator of shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, used to consider herself an introvert? Well that’s exactly how Shonda felt before embarking on her year-long journey to throw herself out of her comfort zone by utilising one simple word – yes.

Shonda’s poignant storytelling offers great light relief amongst her tales of crucial life lessons, which she gained once she decided to stop making excuses, and started saying yes to the things that scare her. The book encourages everyone to take a leap out of their comfort zones, whenever they get the chance, 
no matter how big or small the step is. Afterwards you may be left with a whole new outlook 
on the world.


10% Happier by Dan Harris

The full title of this book is the snappy 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story. The novel is another #1 New York Times Bestseller and the winner of Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir.

Dan came to embark on this self-help journey after having a panic attack on national TV whilst doing his job as a news anchor. Before that day Dan would declare himself a sceptic of meditation and other self-help means, but ultimately he knew he had to at least give it a shot. His mission led him to find ways to harness his personal experience and turn it into something powerful for himself and others to learn from.

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