Book Review: Walking on Sunshine by Rachel Kelly

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Written as weekly journal entries over the course of the year, the author shares what has worked for her. Fifty-two do-able tips and ideas categorized by season, on how to be thankful.

Walking on Sunshine

The author talks about gratitude as a way of life. And how making the effort can actually change your entire life, and the lives of those around you. This is a look into what works for the author, to get through the everyday ups and downs that life throws at you.

I enjoyed the intimate look into her diary and saw similarities between the both of us. The author has been through depression and recovered from it, as I have. We both believe in making the effort to live happy in spite of it. I’ve learned through the years, that the little things makes the biggest difference. This book illustrates this philosophy so beautifully.

If you struggle with mental health issues, I recommend this book. It will help lift your mind from the negative things and help you to see the positive that is going on as well.

If you are struggling and need help, please, please reach out to your healthcare provider for help. There is great strength in knowing your limits and reaching out. If you don’t know where to turn for help, at the very least, contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255. They will be able to guide you to the resources available in your area.

I received this book free from the publisher to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Book:

A compact, accessible, life-changing book, internationally bestselling Walking on Sunshine offers fifty-two tips and tools (one for each week of the year) to increase your happiness year-round and help you manage the mood-altering pressures of everyday life.

In the form of weekly journal entries over the course of a year, journalist and mental health activist Rachel Kelly shares the fifty-two strategies that have helped her cope with depression and anxiety and maintain a calm, happy lifestyle. There’s no complicated program involved, no overhaul of your current way of life: just simple shortcuts to lighter, more conscious living—tangible rituals you can use to care for your body and mind. In the pages of this engaging, user-friendly book, you’ll find breathing techniques, poetry, prayer, philosophical nuggets, and meditations, all of them lovely, gentle suggestions designed to bring more ease and equanimity into your daily life.

Whether you’re going through a particularly emotional time or you’re just trying to figure out how to achieve balance and moderate your reactions to conflict, there’s something for everyone in this encouraging, comforting book. Written in the candid, conversational style of a good friend and accompanied by delightful cartoon illustrations, Walking on Sunshine is a portable, supportive companion that will see you through your ups and downs.

About the Author:

Rachel KellyRachel Kelly is the bestselling author of Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness and Black Rainbow. She began her career as a journalist on The Times. She is now an official Ambassador for SANE and Vice President for the charity United Response. Rachel lives in West London.

Connect with the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter

How do you cope with the unhappiness that life throws your way? Share your coping strategies in the comments so we can all benefit from your ideas.

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