Win a copy of You Can Be Happy

You Can Be Happy

You Can Be Happy

When Mums on the Blog editor Emily asked who wanted to review ‘You Can Be Happy’ by Professor Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman, I was immediately interested – but also sceptical. Despite suffering from periods of depression (including antenatal and postnatal depression), I have always given the self-help section in the book shop a wide berth. I actually find memoir-style books about depression far more useful, motivational and comforting, such as the fantastic ‘Sunbathing in the Rain’ by Gwyneth Lewis.

So the book plopped through my letterbox and I unwrapped the paper to reveal a Mr Happy yellow cover, emblazoned with the words ‘You Can Be Happy’ beaming up at me. Can I, Professor Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman? Can I really? Is it that simple?

I should add at this point that I do consider myself to be a happy person. My family, friends and work keep me happy (and sane). I know, however, that my depression is still there. I’m pretty good at keeping the black dog at bay, but its still bares its teeth to snarl at me now and again. So I’m curious to see if this book helps me rethink my approach to happiness in general and provides me with useful ways of managing it in the long term.

‘You Can Be Happy’ is based on the psychological research and clinical practices of its authors, but it has none of the psychobabble that too often fills the pages of these self-help books. It’s an easy – and, I must admit, enjoyable – read.

If you’re interested in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness or positive psychology (all highly significant in modern psychological practice), this is the book for you. Despite my initial scepticism, having worked through some of the exercises in this book I think there is a lot to be said for mindfulness and positive psychology.

You Can Be Happy has lots of practical tips for feeling more positive, and manages to convey these without preaching. You can dip in and out of the book, doing the exercises you feel will help the most, and go back and read any chapters that you found particularly helpful whenever you like without having to reread the entire book. The index at the back of the book lists the activities within each chapter, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. While many self-help books can appear daunting, this is a really user friendly one.

I wouldn’t say that this book will change your life, but it is a good introduction to CBT and I imagine it would give you a boost if you are feeling low or feel as if you need to move up a couple of notches on the happiness scale.

Win a copy of You Can Be Happy

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Disclosure: the book was given without charge to Mums on the Blog for the purpose of this review. Another is being provided for the purpose of the giveaway. No other payment was received. MOTB bloggers write with honesty and integrity at all times.

Claire Jeffreys

Claire Jeffreys

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