Write Yourself Happy
By Megan C Hayes PhD
Psychologists tell us that writing helps us cope with and recover from depression, anxiety, job loss and even heartbreak. Exciting new research shows that we can flourish further by actively choosing to write about positive emotions. Journalling is a hot trend - for personal expression, creativity, self-actualisation and goal-setting. In Write Yourself Happy, author Megan Hayes shows us how, using positive journalling, we can journal more consciously, writing in a way that engages and promotes our most supportive and life-affirming emotions.This practical workbook demonstrates how to put eight of the most commonly experienced positive emotions - joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, awe and love - to work, helping us not simply to feel better, but to live better.Based on groundbreaking research in positive psychology, and backed up by extensive scientific studies, the book includes practical exercises and case studies to inspire readers to shift their focus, use different words, see the world in a subtly different way - and discover how things go right when we write.Praise for Write Yourself Happy:'The power of positivity comes together with the power of the pen. It is a mighty force for well-being.'Miriam Akhtar MAPPAuthor of Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression and What is Post-traumatic Growth?'Write Yourself Happy is filled with practical, applied and scientifically proven methods - it offers readers a direct path to increase positivity and sustain happiness. It is the perfect resource for optimal wellbeing.'Daniel J Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPPPsychologist and author of Character Strengths Matterwww.dare2behappy.com'This book is ideal for anyone who is looking for a creative and uplifting path to happiness. Megan's encouraging tone and fun exercises not only boost your mood but also help you to forge a stronger connection with yourself. I highly recommend the read - and doing each of the writing exercises in it!'Susanna HalonenThe Happyologist® and author of Screw Finding Your Passionwww.happyologist.co.uk'Forget the pressure to become a perfectionist Photoshop you. Write Yourself Happy is about easing into a reality that already exists and needs nothing more to bloom than pen on paper. Let the scientifically nuanced and reassuring rhythm of your compassionate Sherpa Megan C Hayes steal you away.'Kristen Truempy, MAPPCreator of the Positive Psychology Podcastwww.strengthsphoenix.com 'Megan artfully combines the world of writing with positive psychology producing this guide to 'writing yourself happy'. Written with a delicate balance of scientifically based wellbeing advice alongside an open playfulness that allows the reader to consider and interpret things for themselves. It is thanks to reading this book that my clients, and of course myself, enjoy the many benefits of Positive Journaling.'Samantha SpaffordPsychologist and Director of Positive Mind Workswww.positivemindworks.co.nz
What Would Unicorn Do?
By Sarah Ford
Unicorn took the world by storm with his sweet nature, sunny outlook and positive attitude in the best-selling feel-good book Be a Unicorn. Now he is back with this little book of life lessons. Looking for some guidance on how to live a happy, sparkling life? Or just wondering which path to trot along? Look no further than Unicorn, the best (and probably only) four-legged, one-horned happiness guru. With enlightenment on every page, let Unicorn teach you how to hopscotch over all of life's trials to a place where the grass definitely grows greener.With adorable quirky illustrations and wise, thoughtful and often completely hilarious life advice, this is a little book to keep firmly in your pocket, ready to be consulted whenever life gets a little bit tough.UNICORN WOULD:Wear the jumper that Granny knitted with pride.Sing Pharrell in the shower.Walk in someone else's flip-flops.Try new things... uhm beetroot juice... pink, yummy.Make every day count.UNICORN WOULD NOT EVER (NO THANK YOU MA'AM):Worry about a bit of dust.Eat someone else's chocolate.Blame others - 'my Panda made me do it'.Dwell too much on the past.Take things for granted.
Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland
By Rae Spencer Jones, Rae Spencer Jones, Sarah Cuttle
The close-up photographs allow you to examine each plant in detail - so you will know your English from your Spanish bluebell - and because it is done by colour instead of name, it is much easier to navigate.Full of fascinating information, including where and when you will find the flowers, their characteristics, and anecdotes on their historical background with their medicinal and culinary uses. You don't even need to go out into the field to enjoy these beautiful and sometimes elusive flowers.
Will Travel For Beer
By Stephen Beaumont
From the walkable breweries of Ashville, North Carolina, to the Ølfestival in Copenhagen, Oktoberfest in Brazil to the breweries of Beijing, discover 101 traditional, quirky, absurd, must-visit beer destinations across the globe. Find the world's most romantic pub crawl in Bruges, drink beer in paradise in Latin America or step into Germany via Bangkok, Thailand. Complete with tasting notes, drinking tips and handy address lists, this is the perfect gift for both beer enthusiasts and keen travellers alike.
The Watercolour Ideas Book
By Joanna Goss
Many artists first learn to paint in watercolour. But this flexible, dynamic medium has an immediacy that is perfect for experimentation. Discover textures, applications, techniques, combinations of materials, and new ways of tackling the medium you love. Rub it, dab it, scratch it, scrunch it. Cut it, glue it, sew it and seal it. And above all, learn from what other people do!This little book is full of big ideas from contemporary artists to inspire you to think differently. With a new idea on every spread of the book, you will discover fresh ways of working with watercolour to create work that is original and exciting.
When Harry Met Meghan
By Dan Evans
When Britain's most lovable prince met America's most beautiful legal-drama actress, a fairytale came to life. Re-enact this captivating love story in the comfort of your own home with these handy royal paper dolls.· Say "yes" to the dress as Meghan tries on stylish wedding gowns.· Enjoy a royal Christmas as the couple kick back in an elf suit and a reindeer onesie.· Relive that intimate marriage proposal, accessorised with a Union-Jack apron and a roast chicken.· Join the prince at his imaginary Las Vegas Bachelor Party complete with speedos, cocktails and an inflatable unicorn. · Help America's finest Hollywood export into her incognito anti-paparazzi outfit (hat, sunglasses, handbag as shield).
What Would Keynes Do?
By Tejvan Pettinger
Have you ever wondered what Adam Smith would have to say about you playing the lottery? Or whether Jeremy Bentham could cure your hangover (through economics)? Ever pondered over what Milton Friedman might get you for Christmas?By comparing and contrasting what the greatest economists of all time would have to say about 40 questions from your everyday life, What Would Keynes Do? will help you get to grips with all the important economic theories in an original and thought-provoking way.Includes such puzzling conundrums as:-Should I park in an illegal parking space and risk a fine? -Should I go to University or start working straight away? -Should I leave my children all my wealth after my death or spread it out throughout my life?-Should I ever commit a crime? -If I enjoy drinking beer, how much should I drink? -Is it OK to be selfish? -Should I vote for a political party which promises to raise taxes?
What Would Marx Do?
By Gareth Southwell
Have you ever wondered what Kant might have to say about your addiction to social media? Or whether Plato would be able to help resolve your constant arguments about what to watch on TV? Or if Hobbes would agree to feed your pet hamster while you're away on holiday?When it comes to the really important questions, who better to ask than the greatest political minds in history, with What Would Marx Do? Using 40 everyday questions and problems as springboards for exploring the great political questions of our time, this book will give you a crash course in political philosophy, and an introduction to the theories and ideas of the greatest political philosophers of all time. Includes questions such as:-Should I bother to vote?-Who should look after the baby?-Do you earn enough?-My car has just been stolen! But can I hold the thieves responsible?-Should I watch what I say on Twitter?-Should your children benefit from your success?-Is it wrong to want a bigger house?With quirky illustrations and intriguing and original takes on the biggest (and smallest) everyday questions, What Would Marx Do? is guaranteed to leave you with a better grasp on political philosophy, and able to discuss Marxism, Libertarian Socialism and Populism with ease.
Why Photographers Prefer Cloudy Days
By Haje Jan Kamps
There's no one secret to taking beautiful photos. But good photographers do have a few tricks up theirsleeves... They know that clouds, far from ruining a photo, give a great soft natural light for portraits. They know that unusual angles draw the eye, and that their feet are just as effective as a zoom lens.This book packs 62 of the most important creative ideas into one place. Beautifully presented, easy-to-read and packed with example photos. None of these ideas need an expensive camera, fancy lens or a over-priced flash. The purpose of this book is to help you tell stories with your camera (or phone).Whatever you want to shoot, Why Photographers Prefer Cloudy Days is packed full of ideas to inspire you, and tips that will help you take better, more original photos.
By Danielle Copperman
By Danielle Copperman
There is no set formula to wellbeing. Our individual minds, moods, environments and circumstances all contribute to how we feel. In order to live well, we must take a holistic approach by exploring the connection between the body, mind and soul. When Danielle was struggling with low energy and stress, she began to search for ways in which food, movement and rituals could contribute to her physical and mental health. Well Being is divided into time-specific sections to take you through the day from morning to evening, with each section outlining suggested practices, rituals and recipes for specific feelings, moods and situations. With tips on food and mindful living, Danielle guides you through simple practices, such as breath regulation and yoga flow routines, and offers delicious recipes including Date, Orange, Almond & Honey Bircher; Sweet Potato Gratin and Chocolate Cookie Crunch Bars. There are even recipes for your home, from Palo Santo Atmosphere Spray to natural beauty products like Rose & Cucumber Wake Up Well Toning Mist and Mocha, Almond & Macadamia Body Scrub. This is a comprehensive handbook to guide you through everyday life with a little more serenity.
What They Didn't Teach You in Fashion School
By Jay Calderin
A career guide for fashion designers and professionals, covering everything you need to know about building a successful business after graduating.How do you navigate the confusing and competitive fashion world after the relative comfort of fashion school? How do you learn to adapt to an industry that constantly evolves and throws new challenges your way? And above all, how do you play to your strengths as a designer, and build a successful career in business.What They Didn't Teach You in Fashion School is your survival guide to the fashion industry. Providing expert advice, and lots of inspiration, Jay Calderin shows you how to make a brilliant career in the exhilarating world of fashion.
The Wild Dyer: A guide to natural dyes & the art of patchwork & stitch
By Abigail Booth
`By teaching you the foundations of natural dyeing, and guiding you through the simple stitch techniques, this book will allow you to dip in and out of projects while learning how to forage for and grow your own dye plants.' In The Wild Dyer, Abigail Booth demystifies the `magic' of natural dyeing and shows how to use the results to stunning effect in 15 exquisite patchwork and stitch projects, including a drawstring forager's bag, an apron, samplers, cushions and a reversible patchwork blanket. Focusing on how to grow or gather your own dyeing materials - from onion and avocado skins to chamomile and comfrey, nettles and acorns - as well as scouring, mordanting (using fixative) and setting up a dye vat, Abigail explains how to create effective dyes. And once you have them, how you can produce beautiful, contemporary textiles that can then be used to create projects that build on your skills.
Walking in the Rain
Getting lost and feeling found...'I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.' - John Muir, John of the MountainsWalking is medicine for the mind. It helps us slow down and think things through. It also helps us perk up and generate new ideas. There are few activities as readily available and revitalizing as a brisk walk, or as soothing and stimulating as a long walk. Wonderful things can happen when we set out on two feet.Within these pages, you will find stories from artists, designers, writers, psychologists and speakers who are inspired by the effect of pacing outdoors. You will hear of walks in the city, hikes through woods at dawn and epic adventures involving long journeys on foot. No matter the scale of the tale, the writer offers lessons they learned of a simple, human nature that we can all understand.In each chapter you will discover suggestions and ideas about how to create simple daily habits from the writer's thinking. In a world where so much of the noise around us suggests we are not good enough as we are, and that we must seek to change, these accounts try to do something different. They aim instead to invite a stroll into the complex pathways of the mind to discover the beauty of our own quirky individuality.
Washing up is Good for you
Can washing up really be good for you? Can we discover a moment of insight, a wave of calm, a tickle of delight or a tingle of connection within our simple, readily available, everyday routine? Without needing to alter our entire lifestyle, can we unearth a fresh way in, hidden inside the daily and seemingly mundane? How might we flip our thinking away from resisting and towards maybe even relishing the washing up, the cleaning and the cooking? What might this do for our body, our mind and our relationships?One everyday activity at a time, artists, designers, writers, psychologists and speakers share their stories and experiences of the everyday. You will hear of family bonding over the washing up, wondrous rituals with a cup of tea and the creation of playful households.So, yes, we are suggesting that washing up can be good for you. In fact, even more than good for you! It can be liberating, relaxing, creative and healing. These ideas are deeply embedded in some of the world's most ancient wisdom. Here, we simply explore how this way of thinking can very easily become part of our daily doing.
Wallace & Gromit Querkles
By Thomas Pavitte
Thomas Pavitte's amazing Querkles are an exciting twist on the classic colour-by-number images that we loved as children, and have sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. At first, you see nothing but a baffling tangle of circles, but hidden within each puzzle is an amazing picture, waiting to be revealed!Featuring the beloved characters of Aardman's Wallace & Gromit movies, this book provides hours of creative colouring fun for fans of all ages. Along with several portraits of our cheese-eating inventors you will discover a collection of curious characters from the films including Feathers the Penguin, the moon robot and Shaun the Sheep. Choose your own colour scheme or use the suggested palette for your Querkle, discover what's hidden in each puzzle, and create a striking portrait that you can easily remove and display.
The Way of Whisky
By Dave Broom
Winner of the André Simon John Avery award'This book is incredible' - Alex KratenaAn in-depth, personal journey around Japan's whisky distilleries.Award-winning author and Japanese whisky expert, Dave Broom, tells their story and unveils the philosophy that lies behind this fascinating whisky culture, and how it relates to many Japanese concepts. Dave looks at the history and output of each distillery, considering the elements that make that particular whisky what it is, and including tasting notes. Features on aspects of Japanese life and culture that are crucial to a wider understanding, from the importance of the seasons to the role of craftsmanship, add to the picture. And interwoven throughout the book is the fascinating narrative of the journey across Japan which Dave made with photographer Kohei Take, offering further insight into the country which creates this wonderful drink and making this a must-have edition for any whisky lover, whisky drinker, whisky collector or Japanophile.
The World Atlas of Street Fashion
By Caroline Cox
Discover the inspirational world of global street styles and the fascinating stories behind them, accompanied by hundreds of stunning photographs.Filled with eye-catching images of 100 styles from around the globe, The World Atlas of Street Fashion is a celebration of those who dare to think differently. Written by acclaimed fashion historian Caroline Cox, The World Atlas of Street Fashion celebrates the invention and creativity to be found in fashion all around the globe.From the Chinese skinheads of Beijing to the feminist funkeiras of São Paolo, the raggare of Stockholm to the Junglists of Whistler, this is world street style as you've never seen it before. Organized geographically by continent, this book examines street style in all its international diversity, by tracing the many and varied ways in which it has developed in different regions of the world, from the streets to the catwalk.From the famous to the niche, the rebellious to the downright revolutionary, The World Atlas of Street Fashion offers a ground-breaking portrait of world street style.
What Would Freud Do?
By Sarah Tomley
What Would Freud Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 psychological thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems. Ever wondered what a great therapist like Freud or Jung would have to say about your horrible boss, your phone-checking addiction or an occasional wish to cheat on your partner? Ever wished someone would explain why you sometimes act like an idiot just when you want to look good, or generally keep doing things you don't really want to do?From Erich Fromm on how to find Mr/Mrs Right, to Jaak Panksepp on road rage and Magda Arnold on how to deal with 'banter', these theorists have intriuging suggestions for ways to see and do things differently. Divided into five sections, including 'What am I like?', and 'Why am I acting like this?', other questions include:-'My family's a nightmare -- shall I cut them off?'-'Is my partner lying to me?'-'Why do I keep buying the same brand all the time?'-'How can I stop people unfriending me on social media?'-'Why do I lie when she says "Does my bum look big in this?"'With Sarah Tomley's enlightening commentary throughout, this book provides the answers to the most deep and meaningful (or, indeed, shallow and meaningless) questions that you have ever pondered. A pocket guide to facing the hurdles and obstacles of life, with the advice of all the greatest psychologists at your fingertips.
What Would Nietzsche Do?
By Marcus Weeks
What Would Nietzsche Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 philosophical thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems.Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix your broken heart? How Heraclitus might help you if you lost your phone? Given the chance, would Foucault leave the toilet seat up?With sections on Relationships, Self and Identity, How to Live, Art and Aesthetics, and Politics, there is an answer to each of modern life's questions here. Each section is comprised of a collection of questions, from 'Is Shakespeare better than the Simpsons?' to 'Should I get a takeaway tonight?'; from little niggling questions, to the great mysteries of human existence. With Marcus Weeks's illuminating commentary on each philosopher's answer to the question at hand, you'll be spouting Socrates and discussing Descartes before you know it. A guide to life, of sorts, and also a fantastic introduction to philosophy for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the subject.