I have always been a big fan of Fearne Cotton and when last year I heard she had written a book ‘Happy’ I was keen to read it and popped it on my reading list. So at the beginning of this month, I decided to purchase the audiobook because I knew I was travelling quite a bit and I love Fearne’s energy when she talk’s and wanted to hear this come through.
So this month’s #SelfHelpBookReview I am reviewing ‘Happy’ by Fearne Cotton which details Fearnes own journey to happiness and adds practical tips on how to achieve happiness yourself.
"This book is a way to release what's going on inside your head and to keep heading towards the good stuff. The simple stuff. The stuff that's going to really hit up that happiness on a deep and nourishing level. Whether you dip into these pages every now and then when you feel you need it, or use it daily as a positive exercise, I hope it brings you much relief, joy and calm. Amen to the pen." - Fearne Cotton
For many of us, life can feel like it's moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides - whether that's from school or work, family or social media. As a result, we find ourselves frazzled, lost and - too often - feeling blue. It's a subject close to Fearne's heart. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, HAPPY offers practical ways of finding joy each and every day. Happiness isn't a mountain to climb, it's just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you'll find little steps that will help make the differences that count.
I have to say I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook! I found Fearne’s honesty and openness infectious and kept me wanting more. Sometimes we can put celebrities on a pedestal but they go through similar ups and downs we do but with the added pressure of being in the limelight.
There are 12 chapters for example; ‘Happy now’, ‘Happy mind’ and ‘happy families’ etc. In each chapter Fearne shares personal stories after struggling with depression herself and offers advice and tips to deal with the negative behaviours and emotions. She also mentions a few celebrities and how they have helped inspire her which is a nice touch. She mentioned an inspiring lady called Kristin Hallenga founder of CoppafFeel who I had never heard of before but now thanks to Fearne I am keen to follow the charity more.
Fearne also talks about the simple things – enjoying your breakfast, being in the moment, cooking and yoga. She emphasises the importance of the people in your life and the love they give you. Her philosophy of happiness is finding it in a balanced and calm life instead of a very exciting/hectic life.
This book is very much centred in mindfulness for which I am a big fan! Even though I probably already have an understanding of the majority of advice and tips Fearne suggested but still, the book gave a different perspective and made me realise I need to practice this more as my life is getting busier again.
The only negative side of listening to the audiobook is that all the exercises and interactive side of the book gets missed out. However, Fearne suggests to turn to the accompanying pdf but I found I couldn’t find it on audiobook which was slightly frustrating. I am thinking about purchasing the book to take part in the activities and see all the cool little drawings. I found that was the only downside to listening to the audiobook.
Would I recommend this book? Simple answer…definitely! If you are new to mindfulness it would be a great introduction but if you already practice mindfulness then this book can still be useful. I found it was beautifully uplifting blending personal experience and practical support. I cannot wait to now buy the sequel to this called ‘Calm’ which I will be reviewing for the month of October!