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Children's Book: 50 Ways to Feel Happy

Fun activities & ideas to build your happiness skills

50 Ways to Feel Happy is an action-packed, illustrated book which helps children build happiness skills and develop helpful habits for their daily lives.

* 50 great activities and projects to do at home and in schools
* Promotes well-being, self-confidence, resilience and emotional stability
* Based on the Ten Keys to Happier Living and adapted for 7-11 year olds
* Free sample downloads available (see below)

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"Beautifully illustrated book simply bursting with practical and fun activities for children to try. Parents will love engaging with the ideas too!" ~ Sir Anthony Seldon

Aimed at 7-11 year olds (Key Stage 2), this unique book helps children explore what happiness really means and learn habits that science shows makes a difference.

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It's packed full of feel-good ideas to try with family, friends and on your own, with each activity relating to one of the Ten Keys to Happier Living. Whether the reader feels happy right now and wants to stay that way, or wants practical ideas to feel happier, this book is for them.

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"Research demonstrates that a child's social and emotional wellbeing is predictive of a range of positive life outcomes. Yet childhood mental ill-health is rising and occurring earlier. The good news is that children can learn habits and concepts that build resilience and boost feeling happy. This book helps children explore those ideas and build their skills in lots of fun and creative ways"
~ Vanessa King

Free Downloads

We have some fantastic 1-page downloads for five of our favourite actions from the book which we're making freely available for everyone to use and share:

  1. Start Your Day The Mindful Way
  2. Give Compliment Cards
  3. Interview A Friend
  4. Ways To Be Resilient
  5. Happy Sleep Habits

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"Happiness really is a skill children can learn that will last for life…and who doesn't want their children to be happy? Based on 10 Keys to Happier Living, 50 Ways to Feel Happy is beautifully illustrated book aimed at 7-11 year olds simply bursting with practical and fun activities for children to try. Parents will love engaging with the ideas too!" ~ Sir Anthony Seldon

About The Book

Vanessa King is an expert in positive psychology, a board member at Action for Happiness and author of 10 Keys to Happier Living (Headline, 2016). She speaks internationally and translates the latest psychological research into practical action to help individuals, organisations and communities enhance their wellbeing and resilience.

Val Payne is a teacher and education consultant and Peter Harper is a consultant clinical psychologist. Both have enjoyed many years of experience working with children of all ages. They have developed a successful Keys to Happier Living Toolkit for primary schools.

Action for Happiness is a global social movement promoting proactive action to build psychological wellbeing, resilience and a kinder, more caring society. It is secular and has over 1 million followers on social media and more than 100,000 signed-up members www.actionforhappiness.org

Celeste Aires is an Argentinian-born illustrator who studied Animation Direction in Buenos Aires with a mid-century modern style that features geometric shapes and bright blocks of colour www.celesteaires.com

50 Ways to Feel Happy by Vanessa King, Val Payne and Peter Harper
Fun activities and ideas to build your happiness skills
Illustrated by: Celeste Aires

ISBN: 9781784930851

Publisher: QED Publishing


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