happiness

 

“It has been said that if you do something for 21 days, without fail, it will become a habit, a ritual in your life. Most people spend time trying to change or break habits. You may not have spent time practising obtaining a habit, but the habit of happiness is one that is worth practising.”
Dr Robert M Sherfield

 

This is an interesting thought isn’t it? We can all relate to the preoccupations involved in changing or breaking negative habits, but it’s such a wonderful and uplifting turnaround to decide instead to adopt a new habit; it sounds a lot easier for a start.

 

10 Ways to Catch the Happiness Habit

Happiness, like anxiety, is contagious.

1. Do something fun and frivolous – you are guaranteed to capture some carefree childlike energy.

2. Slow down and ‘smell the roses’. Try this when you next find yourself rushing madly from pillar to post and recognize how it feels to stop and take a breather – you deserve it.

3. Stay in the moment. Try this now by bringing all your attention to this very instant. We burden ourselves with anxieties about the future and regrets and recriminations about the past – let them go and step into the NOW now!

4. Appreciate, appreciate and then appreciate some more. A self-explanatory top tip, begin this immediately.

5. Sing in the shower and start the day with a wonderful lifting of the spirits.

6. Perform an act of kindness, and you will definitely catch some happy vibes.

7. Be glad for this day. You are a unique and incredible human being, make the most of your opportunities.

8. Smile, smile, smile. The physical act of smiling triggers a rise of endorphins (otherwise known as happiness hormones).

9. Be wholehearted about whatever you do. If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly. My dad was always saying this to me when I was a child and now I know how right this is. Give yourself to life and life will love you back.

10. Celebrate your successes. How often we rush on to the next thing, moving the goalposts as we go. When you can stop and recognize your achievements you nourish your feelings of self-respect and happiness.

 

From the bestselling author of 60 Ways to Feel Amazing and Weekend Life Coach, here’s a fresh new take on how to increase your confidence in every area of your life –The Self-Esteem Coach is the complete DIY feel-good guide for the 21st century. Follow Lynda on her inspiring website lyndafield.com.

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“10 days to a confident new you”

The Self-Esteem Coach by Lynda Field

256 pages • Paperback • £8.99

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shopping

 

Try these 4 steps and you will be amazed at how easily you can memorize 10 items on your shopping list. You don’t have to stop there – you can easily adapt the technique to remember almost anything.

 

  1. Visualize the inside of your home. Imagine walking around its rooms from its main entrance to the kitchen, the lounge, the dining room, and so on, finishing in your bedroom.
  2. Establish 10 stages around the house at which you could place items that you wish to remember: the mirror in the entrance hall, the sink in the kitchen, the bedside table, and so on. Visualize the stages in the order in which you come across them.
  3. Mentally walk around your home, placing each of the following items in the correct order: cheese, milk, oranges, ice cream, cereal, bananas, bread, broccoli, fish, tomatoes. Be imaginative – the cheese is draped like a coat over the hall chair, the milk is running out of the taps in the kitchen sink, a tomato forms the base of your bedside lamp.
  4. Wait for an hour or so, and then imagine retracing your steps. As you come to each stage, the item that you placed there should come to mind. When you go to the supermarket, recall the mental journey around your house and you won’t forget a single item!

 

Our brains are more likely to remain alert throughout our lives if we keep them healthy. Just as we take exercise to keep our bodies physically fit, and watch our diet to avoid illness, so we need to take care of our brain. Memory training provides an excellent mental workout, and if we make memory exercises part of our daily lives, and continue to expect our memory to serve us well, it is more likely to remain up to the task.

 

In How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week by Dominic O’Brien – eight-times winner of the World Memory Championship – offers us tried and tested strategies and tips that will expand your mental capacities at a realistic but impressive rate to make your memory bigger, better and sharper, week by week.

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“A practical year-long programme to bring the benefits of a better memory to one and all.” 

How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week by Dominic O’Brien

176 pages • Paperback • £7.99

US$9.95 AUS $14.99 NZ $17.99

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5 reasons why the fasting diet could change your life

Amanda Hamilton’s The Eat, Fast, Slim Diet is the life-changing fasting diet that everyone’s talking about.

 

Amanda Hamilton, author of The Eat, Fast, Slim Diet  – the original life-changing fasting diet for amazing weight-loss and optimum health – explains the benefits of fasting diets and how they work.

“Traditional diet lore dictates that we shouldn’t skip meals. But amazing new findings show that short bursts of fasting, created by lengthening the gaps between eating, can lead to the ultimate fat-burning state – this is intermittent fasting (IF)”, says Amanda Hamilton. “It’s a truth that body-builders and top athletes have known for years but scientists are now confirming that fasting accelerates fat loss and shifts weight from stubborn areas too. What’s more, you’ll find that you sleep better, have more energy, slow down your ageing and even improve your long-standing health problems through fine-tuning your body’s repair mechanisms”, says Amanda. “I’ve been working with fasting for more than a decade. It gets great results, safely”.

 

5 reasons why learning to fast was life-changing for me and why I think you should give it a go:

1. Fasting shifted my last annoying 4.5kg (10lb) in weight, without me having to obsess about counting calories or following ridiculous “fad diets”.

2. Fasting is good for me on the inside and makes me look better on the outside. When something makes you feel this good, it is easy to stick with it.

3. Fasting makes me feel emotionally in control (and a little virtuous).

4. Fasting gets my hunger under control.

5. Ever since I discovered the fasting diet, according to the most accurate test available my biological age has remained a full decade younger than what it says on my passport, and this is in spite of having given birth to two children. I’m not showing off – it just works!

 

“Fasting makes things really simple. It is scientifically proven to slow ageing and boost health and is something that every human being does instinctively, only most of us have forgotten how. Another “plus” is that fasting won’t cost you anything – it’s time rather than money that’s needed. The techniques that inspired modern day fasting might well date back millennia but fasting has never been more needed than right here, right now”.

 

“When you first get into fasting, it can be hard to figure out which technique will suit you best so I’ll help you to navigate your way through the fasting world”, says Amanda. “Broadly speaking, there are the intermittent fasts (what I call lifestyle fasts) and juice fasts although, increasingly, fasts are becoming known according to their duration in hours or days – 16/8, 5/2, alternate day and so on. Most are do-able even for someone with only a faint whiff of interest in healthy living, but some require caution. I only feature the techniques that make the grade in terms of scientifically referenced benefits and practical application”.

 

“When I learned to fast, and how to harness the power of fasting, it challenged everything I’d ever read about how to eat, how to preserve health and how to stay in shape”, enthuses Amanda.

 

Amanda Hamilton has helped thousands of people lose weight and gain body confidence. Try Amanda’s healthy plans with more than 100 nutritious recipes. Choose a plan to suit your lifestyle and maximize the benefits of fasting – lose weight, slow down ageing and boost your health. Follow Amanda on her inspiring website amandahamilton.co.uk

 

A fasting diet plan from Amanda Hamilton

“Amanda is always an inspiration as she combines true professionalism with enthusiasm, intelligence and knowledge.”
Ian Marber, Nutritionist and Author

The Eat, Fast, Slim Diet by Amanda Hamilton
304 pages • Paperback • £6.99
AUS $14.99 NZ $17.99

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confidence

 

Are you in need of a self-confidence boost? Leading life coach and self-esteem expert Lynda Field has written The Self-Esteem Coach with you in mind. Read her 4 essential tips for a confident new you.

“I wish I’d known from the beginning that I was born a strong woman. What a difference it would have made! I wish I’d known that I was born a courageous woman; I’ve spent so much of my life cowering. How many conversations would I not only have started but finished if I had known I possessed a warrior’s heart? I wish I’d known that I’d been born to take on the world; I wouldn’t have run from it for so long, but to it with open arms.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach (author)

 

“A ‘strong woman’; what do you see when you read that? And ‘cowering’; yes you’ll know what that sort of behaviour looks and feels like; we’ve all played the victim at one time or another” says life coach Lynda Field. “When we can open our arms to the world, we can believe in ourselves, feel confident and act assertively. Being assertive doesn’t come naturally to many of us; but it’s a skill that we can all develop.”

 

4 essential tips for a confident new you

 

  1. List your past achievements and go back as far as you like: learning to ride a bike, passing an exam, getting a job, your first love affair …. Write these things down on a big sheet of paper and keep adding to the list. You’ve had so many successes.
  2. Remember that big challenge that you overcame, how did you cope? What inner resources do you fall back on? Name these and know that you have these qualities in abundance.
  3. Think back to a time when you were afraid to do something but did it anyway. Each time we leave our comfort zone we refresh and invigorate our energy. You know how to take a chance and you can do this again.
  4. You have all it takes to do what you want to do in this life; all you have to do is take that very first step. Take it today!

From the bestselling author of 60 Ways to Feel Amazing and Weekend Life Coach, here’s a fresh new take on how to increase your confidence in every area of your life –The Self-Esteem Coach is the complete DIY feel-good guide for the 21st century. Follow Jo on her inspiring website lyndafield.com.

SelfEsteemCoachCover150x150px

 

“10 days to a confident new you”

The Self-Esteem Coach by Lynda Field

256 pages • Paperback • £8.99

AUS $17.99 NZ $23.00

 

£8.99 l Buy the book now!

 

 

 

We are excited to see that our new March titles are now in the warehouse and they look inspiring!

We have Kathryn McCusker‘s fantastic debut book Kundalini Meditation, a wonderful, fully-illustrated guide to unleashing your kundalini energy, the paperback release of the very popular Self-Sufficiency Bible from well regarded smallholder Simon Dawson, and an in depth look at Rosslyn Chapel from Alan Butler and John Ritchie revealing all it’s secrets and history.

If you want more information about our latest releases take a look at our books section.