“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.” – Fearne Cotton
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.
When I think of Fearne Cotton, I always remember her as the loud and confident presenter of morning tv. I remember meeting her many years ago at a show filming in London and thinking wow that woman is so full of confidence I wish I could more like that!
So, I was interested to read her book Happy and see if she could shed some light on happiness and confidence. Yet, what I found in between the pages of this book surprised and delighted me in equal measure. Fearne writes with honesty about her past and her troubles with the darkness of self doubt and depression. The times when she was trying to be liked by everyone and ended up as someone she really didn’t feel was herself and I thought wow that super confident woman I remember wanting to be like was really just like me!
I found Fearne’s approach really enlightening, she is down to earth and it’s a little like listening to a friend. I enjoyed learning not only about her past, and how she has dealt with that. But also found joy in seeing her outlook on life now. How much happiness she takes in the simple things, like being with her family or cooking a meal for a friend. It was the beauty in the simple things that made me see her in a completely different but fantastic light.
I like the fact that as well as learning about her own story through this book, Fearne also opens up space in the book to friends and family who share some of their experiences and advice on learning to live happier. Whether that’s a yoga expert giving us a few tips on how to take space for ourselves each day, her mum talking about her personal struggles with depression, or celebrity friends like Tom Fletcher talking about his own battles with mental health. I felt reading some of the open and honest real life stories made me feel a little less alone in my personal battles with the dark side of my mental health.
Scattered throughout this book were exercises to go alongside each chapter such as what does balance look like to you, a bedtime diary, and a place where you can list those songs that never fail to make you smile or want to dance. I found these were an interesting addition to the book, as it really made you think about what you had just read and deal with some of the issues in the chapters in a practical way.
Thank you Fearne and friends for showing all of us that have struggled with mental health, whether that be one small moment of anxiety, or a lifetime of dark days that we are not alone and that there is light in the darkness.
I am now working my way through the journal that was published alongside the Happy book, and as it’s a year long journal you will have to wait until the end of the year for my review but so far I am loving some of the ideas and I can definitely see it making a difference in the way I am seeing situations. Maybe I will do a sneaky half year check in 🙂