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A wonderful set of ideas and techniques that can help reduce depression and build happiness. They're simple, engaging, practical and - most importantly- they're all based on evidence from the latest positive psychology research, so we know they really work" --Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness
"My advice is to give this book a go. If I was going to buy one book on positive psychology to treat depression, I'd choose an author who'd been properly trained as a positive psychologist, who knows how to write in an engaging and accessible way, and who understands, first-hand, the challenges of depression. In short, I'd choose Miriam." --Dr Phil Hammond, GP & Comedian
"The first to apply positive psychology solutions to depression,Miriam's book is clear, engaging and enlightening. In fact it is so good that despite all my existing knowledge, I borrowed a few tips for myself! I love the summary tables and the first-aid kits - they really bring positive psychology to life." --Dr Ilona Boniwell, Programme Leader for the first MSc in Applied Positive Psychology in Europe, UEL.
"This book is a joy. Miriam Akhtar clearly demonstrates that positive psychology is both practical and effective. The book will be a vital tool in our work supporting people in recovering their wellbeing." --Amanda Williamson. Founder and Director of Phew (Devon) - Promoting Health and Emotional Wellbeing
About the Author
Miriam Akhtar, MAPP, is one of the first qualified positive psychologists in practice in the UK and a former winner of the Medical Journalists Association Gold Award. Miriam's professional interest in positive psychology began in the mid-nineties when she made a programme on the science of happiness for BBC Radio 4. She works now as a positive psychology coach, trainer and lecturer developing the next generation of positive psychologists.
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I urge everyone to read it, not just people who have been or are depressed. As Miriam explains, the Positive Psychology aspect of this book isn't just about getting out of depression, its about moving into a positive emotional state - happiness!
There are lots of simple and practical suggestions and exercises to do and Miriam shares her own personal experience and journey from a downward spiral of depression to an upward spiral of positivity.
I read this book in 2 days because I couldn't put it down! Although there is lots of research evidence to support Miriam's suggestions, this does not read like a dreary textbook and each concept is explained in simple and easily understood terms.
Reading this book will cheer and encourage you, whether you have depression or not! :-)
What a brilliant read! I wish I had read this book years ago. It is so personal and practical it makes for an easy and engaging read and doesn't overwhelm the reader.
I particularly like the chapter on Learned Optimism but unlike the previous reviewer I found Martin Seligman's book far less accessible .
A well written and engaging read I actually came away with the skills to practice strategies that have changed my life for the better!
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