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The Atlas of Happiness: the global secrets of how to be happy

Helen Russell

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Self-help & personal development

From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly, an illustrated, full-colour round-the-world discovery of the global secrets of happiness.

From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly, an entertaining, reassuring and useful trip around the world, discovering the secrets of happiness from 30 countries.

From IKIGAI and forest bathing in Japan, to HYGGE, LAGOM, and FIKA in Scandinavia, to the 'Gross National Happiness' of Bhutan, Chinese New Year cleaning, and the South African concept of 'UBUNTU'- and many more in between - Helen Russell uncovers the global secrets of happiness, and how they can change our lives.

Whoever you are and wherever you're from, there's much to be learned from Helen Russell's round-the-world happiness trip.

Dreading that upcoming interview? Take inspiration from the Icelanders and get some etta reddast, the unwavering belief that everything will work out in the end.

Or perhaps you've lost your way in life: make like the Chinese and find your xing fu, or the thing that gives you real purpose.

Too much on your plate? The Italians can help you learn the fine art of dolce far niente, aka the sweetness of doing nothing at all.

And if you feel overwhelmed by busyness and disconnected from nature, the Swedish have a solution - just find your smultronstalle, or 'wild strawberry patch', your perfect escape from the rest of the world.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, THE ATLAS OF HAPPINESS will be the perfect cheering Christmas gift of 2018.

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Praise for The Atlas of Happiness: the global secrets of how to be happy

  • From drinking on the sofa in your pants to celebrating imperfections, happiness expert Helen Russell reveals how people across the world put a smile on their faces - The Sun

  • Give yourself a happiness boost with these well-being secrets from around the globe - Daily Express

  • It's a delight, as well as being a gorgeous-looking book. You'll buy it as a gift only to find yourself using it as a crutch to get to spring. - Grazia

  • beautifully illustrated and fascinating - Emerald Street

  • Her book on Denmark's talent for joy sparked a worldwide hygge craze. Now Helen Russell has gone further afield seeking different cultural approaches to contentment - The Herald

  • In this beautifully illustrated compendium of fascinating, inspirational and sometimes unexpected concepts from 33 countries, positivity jumps out of every page as we are transported around the world to consider different approaches to happiness - from hygge to gezelligheid. - The Lady

  • thoroughly enjoyable, vibrant and charming - Always Trust in Books

  • Helen Russell explores the global secrets to contentment that can change our lives - Good Housekeeping

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Helen Russell

Helen Russell is a journalist and the bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly.

Formerly editor of, she now lives in Denmark and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian, as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Telegraph and features for The Times, The Observer, Grazia, The Wall Street Journal and the Independent.

She is married with one son and a very scruffy dog.

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