Below are a list of books that I have found inspiring


a celebration of simple pleasures. Living the danish way.

By Charlotte Abrahams

A book about Danish culture. And how they believe it's 'Hygge' that attributes to their happiness. Hygge is about cherishing yourself, about making time to enjoy everyday pleasures. It prioritises experiences over things. A nice inspiring read which gives great ideas on living a more content life. 


the little book of hygge:
The danish way to live well

By Mike Wiking

Another great read about the concept of 'Hygge' and living well. Written by Meik Wiking who is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen it gives great insight into the way the Danish live. And ideas on how we can bring a little Hygge into our own lives. 


first, we make the beast beautiful:
A new story about anxiety

By Sarah Wilson

Written by author and entrepreneur Sarah Wilson, it's her personal experience of living a life with anxiety. And how she has accepted it and re-framed anxiety as a spiritual quest - hence the name - First, we make the beast beautiful. It's ironic that I felt anxious reading this. But it gave me a greater sense of acceptance for the mental illness and encouraged me to question life and its true meaning. Really thought provoking and inspiring. 


The Blue Zones:
Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

By Dan Buettner

Written by longevity expert Dan Buettner it talks of the research conducted of the long-lived communities around the globe. Their lifestyle, diet, outlook and stress-coping practices are all discussed. It's an interesting read to understand how other cultures live and discover what has attributed to living such long lives. 


The Danish Way of Parenting:
What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids

By Jessica Joelle Alexander

Parenting secrets of the happiest people in the world. This book encapsulates how Danish parents raise their children. So they grow up to be happy, confident, successful and resilient kids. It was a really insightful read and really made me question the way we do things here in Australia. And how I can help support my own children in their journey into adulthood. 


Living at the Peak of Your Abilities

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

An audiobook by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who is a renowned scientist who has devoted his life work to studying what makes people truly happy, satisfied and fulfilled. He believes that being in a state of 'flow' is when we feel our happiest. This book resonates with me as I feel flow is what we should strive for in our lives, and being in a state of flow is when we feel most productive and alive. 


the optimistic child

By Martin Seligman

A proven program to safeguard children against depression and build lifelong resilience. The program is based on a thirty-year study that Seligman and his colleagues conducted to discover a link between pessimism and depression. It has some really great tools on how to encourage a more optimistic view of life in your children and help them to become more resilient to life's challenges. 


beyond happiness:
How to find lasting meaning and joy in all that you have

By Anthony Seldon

Written by British headmaster, Sir Anthony Seldon, Beyond Happiness distinguishes between pleasure, happiness and joy. He believes we need to reach beyond happiness to access the deepest levels of human experience open to us, and find our unique path in life. Quite a spiritual read with many religious references, but really thought provoking and encourages you to look at life on a much deeper level. 


The village effect:
How face-to-face contact can make us healthier,
happier, and smarter

By Susan Pinker

Psychologist Susan Pinker explores the impact of face-to-face contact from cradle to grave. Many of us have left the literal village behind and rely on technology for interaction with others. But Pinker writes that we need close social bonds with our friends and families in order to thrive - or even to survive. I believe strongly in this myself and see things like social media impacting our society in a negative way. A good read as a bit of a wake-up-call to prioritise face-to-face interaction.