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 Þetta 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 smultronställe, or 'wild strawberry patch', your perfect escape from the rest of the world.