An accessible and clear-eyed handbook that offers fundamental tips, tools, and sanity-saving ideas to guide you through the seasons and help you better manage the mood-altering pressures of everyday life—“Try it. I took my blood pressure before and after. It dropped” (The New York Times).
In the form of weekly journal entries over the course of a year, bestselling author, 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.
Walking on Sunshine requires no complicated program or an overhaul of your current way of life. These are 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 book, you’ll find breathing techniques, poetry, prayer, philosophical nuggets, and meditations, all of them gentle suggestions designed to bring more ease and equanimity into your daily life.
Written in the candid, conversational style of a good friend and accompanied by delightful cartoon illustrations, Walking on Sunshine is a constant, supportive companion that will see you through your ups and downs.
Rachel Kelly is the bestselling author of The Happiness Diet, Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness, and Black Rainbow. She began her career as a journalist in London at The Times. She is now an official Ambassador for SANE and Vice President for the charity United Response. Rachel lives in West London.
"Hard to argue with a woman who proposes poetry as a means toward calm, and therefore happiness. She quotes Yeats’s 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree': “And live alone in the bee-loud glade. . . .” Try it. I took my blood pressure before and after. It dropped."
– The New York Times
"Beautifully and truthfully written."
– Daily Telegraph
"Small, simple steps to a happier life."
– Daily Mail
"Kelly writes with charm and kindness about overcoming depression."
– Evening Standard
"I absolutely LOVE this book. It's so gracefully accomplished and full of hope and practicality. Stretches out a hand to the lonely, the lost and the exhausted. It's a great gift of hard-won wisdom."
– The Guardian
"The new Chicken Soup for the Soul."
– BBC Radio Leeds
"With philosophical gems, comforting poetry and breathing techniques, this inspirational read will bring brightness to the darkest of days."