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The Joy of Writing Things Down: The Everyday Zen of Putting Pen to Paper

Megan Hayes

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From writing a shopping list to drafting a work email - discover the transformative self-care potential hidden in everyday activities.

Whether it's a speedy note-to-self, a simple shopping list or a carefully penned thank-you note, putting words on paper is a daily habit - and can also bring us great joy and calm.

In this book you'll discover practical ways to turn the ordinary ritual of jotting things down into a remarkable source of peace, focus and confidence. Learn to take pleasure in your correspondence, find fresh delight in your diary writing and put renewed heart in your humble to-do list.

Dr Megan C Hayes has spent her academic career exploring the links between writing, identity and happiness - and she is on a mission to encourage us all to pick up a pen and reap the wellbeing benefits in writing.

'A treasure trove of uplifting and accessible practices, to organise your mind and give shape to your day.' Suzy Reading, author of The Little Book of Self-Care

'Easy to read, deeply inspiring and oh so wise, it was the perfect antidote to my in-box overwhelm.' Susannah Conway, author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart

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Praise for The Joy of Writing Things Down: The Everyday Zen of Putting Pen to Paper

  • Whether you are an expert list maker, letter writer or journaler, or totally new to writing things down, this book will inspire you. It is a treasure trove of uplifting and accessible practices, to organise your mind and give shape to your day. I love it!

  • 'I devoured Megan's marvellous new offering in an afternoon. Easy to read, deeply inspiring and oh so wise, it was the perfect antidote to my in-box overwhelm. Make sure you've got a notebook beside you when you read this -- you will want to take notes!' - Susannah Conway, author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart

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