I’m not hugely fond of self help books, but absolutely loved Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Perhaps I like it because it’s not really a self help book, but more a memoir of the author’s test driving of assorted wisdom about happiness. It’s totally non preachy, and I like the way she added more and more ideas to her armoury over the course of the year.

There’s also a website which has lots and lots of useful content on it. One post which really resonated was this one about finding a comfort food for the mind. I’m in a stressful place at the moment and find that watching an hour of really good TV is really helping. Well, helping-ish. The box set of The Wire is getting a hammering, and although it’s taking my mind off the cause of the stress, I do find myself at the end of each episode wanting to jump off the sofa, shout a load of expletives and ideally shoot someone. Best swap to Pride and Prejudice then.


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