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review 2017-09-18 19:37
Book review - Choosing Happier: How to be happy despite your circumstances, history or genes by Jem Friar
Choosing Happier: How to be happy despite your circumstances, history or genes (The Practical Happiness Series) (Volume 1) - Jem Friar
Our book review - Choosing Happier: How to be happy despite your circumstances, history or genes by Jem Friar
 
"A first class read and full of little hints and tips that can make a difference to the way you think and act but also demonstrates how if you change your outlook the affect it has on the people you share your life with.
 
The easy to understand sections have exercises and notes at the end of each chapter to reiterate what has been described and to take into your personnel life to make you HAPPIER.
 
The author uses case scenarios to demonstrate the point he is trying to get across and to question what is really important to make you happy, is it money, being surrounded by love or something else? Excellent references to further studies and self help references on the global network add to the teachings.
 
I have already adopted some of the techniques in the book for example when I wake up I make a short list of what I have to be grateful for and before I go to bed I make a list of my achievements for that day and it has improved my sleep and people have noticed I am more upbeat than normal. Just 2 little changes that have made a big impact.
 
If you want to be happier you need to read this book as there is a chapter on all the influences that can help you achieve that goal by adopting simple techniques."
 
Find out more on the #book and author here...
 
Book Description
Choosing Happier is a book about our potential for living a much happier life when we learn and practice some very simple but powerful habits and ways of looking at the world.
 
This book busts the modern happiness myths that assert that we can find lasting happiness through having more money, buying more things, or being famous, successful or powerful. Instead, it provides science-backed, actionable, effective, and simple practices that can make being happier a whole lot easier whoever and wherever you presently are. It turns out that our ability to be happy is not dependent on our circumstances – our degree of happiness is an inside job and something that we can influence and choose!
 
In its essence, this is a book of joy, for it combines ancient wisdom and modern positive psychology, valuable insights into why we have got lost in pursuing happiness but not finding it, powerful but simple practices that make it easy to turn this situation around, and all interwoven with inspiring and humorous quotes about happiness and life. Rather than this book just being an interesting read, it has been written in a way that encourages and enables the reader to actually increase their levels of authentic happiness. The author has even provided tools, MP3 meditations and an online community forum to support readers to make that shift into greater positivity with ease.
 
Being happier is not the only end goal of this book. It has been shown that happier people are more creative, successful, productive, healthy, resilient and they have better relationships too – what’s not to like about these additional outcomes? In the bigger picture, happier people are more content, kind and generous. The more authentically happy people there are around the planet, the better off we all are.
 
If you read this book and do the exercises regularly you will develop empowering “happy habits” that will naturally increase your contentedness and joy, while reducing the time that you spend stuck in negative emotions. Don’t put learning these skills and habits off and remain in unnecessary unhappiness when you could become one of those people who seem to be able to cruise through life’s challenges with a smile on their face.
 
 
Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/book-review-choosing-happier-how-to-be.html
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review 2017-05-11 23:51
Review: Dark Asylum by E. S. Thomson
Dark Asylum (Jem Flockhart) - E. S. Thomson


I would like to thank Little Brown Books and Constable for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book.

 

For a good few years I have avoided historical fiction, it's a genre that I used to read a lot of but found myself losing interest in. There was plenty of it out there but I just wasn't feeling it - they were all starting to run into each other, none stood out and I felt that they all read much the same. That is, until I came across E.S. Thomson's debut novel Beloved Poison and was blown away by how fantastic the book was. So fantastic, in fact, that it was my top read of 2016 and I have been recommending it to everyone ever since.

 

I was like a child on Christmas morning when Dark Asylum landed on my doorstep, but I have to admit I was a little apprehensive at first because I was scared it wouldn't live up to the first book. I needn't have worried, I loved it every bit as much as Beloved Poison.

 

It was such a joy to be with Jem and Will again and to be back on the streets of Victorian London. The sights, the sounds, the streets, the smells, the mood, the atmosphere, all so vivid that I was transported easily to another time and place. Like with Beloved Poison, the world around me ceased to exist while this book was in my hands.

 

The author's knowledge of medicine and of the time period is clear to see in the historical detail within the story. It's also clear that she enjoys what she does and has put a lot of love and dedication into the book.

 

And can I just point out that cover! This is one of the rare occasions where you can safely judge a book by its gorgeous cover and know that the story inside is every bit as amazing.

 

E.S. Thomson has made me fall in love with historical fiction all over again.

 

Highly recommended. One of my favourite reads of 2017 so far!

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-04-25 04:14
100% done with Dark Asylum by E. S. Thomson
Dark Asylum (Jem Flockhart) - E. S. Thomson

 

I started reading this last weekend after being so excited to get started, but unfortunately my mother-n-law lost the last wee bit of mobility she had on the day I started it and as her primary carer I had to abandon all chance of reading anything until I could get her sorted into a new routine and adapt to the extra care she now needs.

 

I finally got to pick it up again this afternoon and flew through it in one sitting. I was a bit apprehensive because I loved the first book in the series, but I'm glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was every bit as good as the first.

 

Review to come.

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text 2017-04-15 21:04
I'm reading Dark Asylum by E. S. Thomson
Dark Asylum (Jem Flockhart) - E. S. Thomson

 

 

 

I've been looking forwards to sitting down with this book all day.

 

The family have been warned not to interrupt me if they value their lives as I won't be held responsible for my actions if they intrude on my reading time.

 

 

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review 2017-02-15 21:24
Jem: Lessons in Living
Jem: Lessons in Living - John Donald Middleton

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