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Article  •  16 March 2022

 

Five books to celebrate International Day of Happiness

Embrace your happiness with a list of books that will give you hope in a world facing unprecedented challenges.

International Day of Happiness on March 20 is all about taking care of our wellbeing in a world facing unprecedented challenges. 

Our actions matter, and it is up to all of us to spread positive messages to help build a more compassionate and empathetic world. 

To celebrate, we are sharing five books that promote positive messages and can help boost your mood if you are struggling. 

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse 

This very special book by Charlie Mackesy has captured the heart of millions of readers all over the world. It is a reminder of what truly matters, as told through the adventures of four beloved friends. It is a book of hope for uncertain times and takes you on a journey with Charlie and his four unlikely friends as they discover their story and their most important life lessons. 

Ikigai

This book by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles is the Japanese secret to a long and happy life from the world's longest living people. Ikigai is the Japanese word for 'a reason to live' or 'a reason to jump out of bed in the morning'. Finding your ikigai is easier than you might think, and this book will help you work out what your own ikigai really is, and equip you to change your life. You have a purpose in this world: your skills, your interests, your desires and your history have made you the perfect candidate for something. All you have to do is find it. 

Happy (and other ridiculous aspirations)

From Aussie inspiration Turia Pitt, Happy explores how everything from money to our relationships have an impact on how happy we can be. With her characteristic humour and gutsy intelligence, Turia goes on a quest to answer the question, is it possible to be happier? and unpacks practising gratitude, working on kindness, self-love, strengthening your relationships and accepting the hard times and bad days. 

Big Panda and Tiny Dragon

This book is a beautifully illustrated Sunday Times bestseller about friendship and hope. Big Panda and Tiny Dragon follows two friends who travel through the seasons, sharing the lessons they learn on their way. It is the perfect gift to uplift and inspire your loved ones. Author James Norbury was inspired by Buddhist philosophy and spirituality and shares the ideas that have helped him through the most difficult times, in the hope they can help others too.  

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Clinical psychologist and TikTok star Dr Julie Smith brings us a simple, positive, practical toolkit for better mental health. Drawing on her years of experience as a clinical psychologist, her first book is a must-have handbook for instantly better mental health. It offers simple advice, effective strategies and powerful coping techniques to help readers stay positive and resilient no matter what life throws their way. 


The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse Charlie Mackesy

A reminder of what truly matters, as told through the adventures of four beloved friends. Based on Charlie's daily Instagram. For fans of Winnie-the-pooh's Little Book of Wisdom.

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Ikigai Héctor García, Francesc Miralles

2014 offered The life-changing magic of tidying 2016 surrounded us with hygge In 2017, we'll discover our ikigai. Ikigai - the Japanese secret to a long and happy life from the world's longest living people.

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Happy (and other ridiculous aspirations) Turia Pitt

Happiness. Everyone wants more of it. But can you actually get happier? Inspirational Australian Turia Pitt dives into this idea, interviewing high-profile athletes, comedians, scientists and world experts to explore how everything from money to our relationships has an impact on how happy we can be.

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Big Panda and Tiny Dragon James Norbury

The charming, illustrated story of two friends, who travel through the seasons sharing the lessons they learn on their way; the perfect gift to uplift and inspire your loved ones

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Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? Dr Julie Smith

A simple, positive, practical toolkit for better mental health, from clinical psychologist and TikTok star Dr Julie Smith

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