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50 Ways to Feel Happy

Written by Vanessa King, Val Payne & Peter Harper

Illustrated by Celeste Aires

Key Stage 2 Fascinating Facts Handicrafts

LoveReading View on 50 Ways to Feel Happy

We all want our children to be happy and resilient, but may not realise that they can be taught skills to make them happier people. Written by a psychologist with the charity Action for Happiness, this book explains ten keys to happier living and sets out practical, fun activities for children to do that will make a real and lasting difference to their lives. The text is friendly and reassuring, broken down into easily accessible paragraphs or charts while bright graphics with animated characters make it attractive to look at too. Each of the ten chapters has tips for children to use in their everyday lives, including a section on developing mindfulness.  Happiness really matters, and the more children and adults who read this book, the better.  ~ Andrea Reece


50 Ways to Feel Happy Synopsis

What can you do to help yourself (and others) feel happier? This book is packed full of activities and ideas to try with family, friends and on your own. So, whether you feel happy right now and want to stay that way or you need some ideas to help you feel happier, this book is for you. It's a cheerful, fun, inspiring, and varied collection of projects for creative, happy and thinking individuals, containing a mixture of step-by-step projects and shorter activity ideas that encompass happiness-inspiring crafts, mindfulness, relaxation, and positivity techniques, and fun ways to get active and boost happiness outdoors.

Read through the book from start to finish or dip in and out as the mood you. What's more, these activities are great to repeat time and again as a child builds their happiness skills and incorporates techniques into their daily life. For younger children, parents and carers may wish to work through the book with them, offering guidance and support, whereas more confident readers, 'tweens', and young teens will be able to enjoy engaging with the book independently.

Each of the 50 activities relates to one of Action for Happiness's 10 key evidence-based ways to increase happiness and wellbeing:

1. Giving - doing things for others 2. Relating - connecting with people 3. Exercising - taking care of your body 4. Awareness - living life mindfully 5. Trying out - keep learning new things 6. Direction - have goals to look forward to 7. Resilience - find ways to bounce back 8. Emotions - look for what's good 9. Acceptance - be comfortable with who you are 10. Meaning - be part of something bigger

Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier world. The movement's Patron is the Dalai Lama and its members take action in their personal lives, homes, workplaces and communities, all based on the latest scientific evidence about what really matters. Action for Happiness has over 100,000 members and an online community of over 1 million people across 170 countries. You can find out about Action for Happiness resources, courses, events and more at

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784930851
Publication date: 15th March 2018
Author: Vanessa King, Val Payne & Peter Harper
Illustrator: Celeste Aires
Publisher: QED Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Body / Health, Fascinating Facts, Handicrafts, Self-Awareness / Self-Esteem

About Vanessa King, Val Payne & Peter Harper

Vanessa King is a board member at Action for Happiness, expert on positive psychology and author of Ten Keys to Happier Living (Headline, 2016). She speaks internationally and translates the latest psychological research into practical action to help individuals, organisations and communities enhance their wellbeing and resilience. Val Payne is an education consultant and teacher. She has enjoyed many years of experience working with children of all ages. Val has also co-developed a primary school programme based on the 10 Keys to Happier Living which has increased the wellbeing of students, and teachers say it has helped them feel happier too! Peter ...

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