Six steps to a happier you
LITERARY INSPIRATION The Opposite Of Loneliness
This posthumous collection of hope-filled stories turned 22 – year-old Yale graduate, Marina Keegan, into the voice of a generation overnight in 2012. Whatever your age, this book will inspire you to fully embrace life. (£8.99, amazon.co.uk)
SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND Wellbeing Festival
A four-day extravaganza at Olympia boasts some of the best teachers and wellness experts in the world. Also, don’t miss out on a visit to the Love Dome, or the chance to immerse yourself in sound meditation. (29 April – 2 May)
HIDDEN GEM Kyoto Garden
Contained within Holland Park, lies this beautiful Japanese waterfall garden. Pay a visit to restore your zen – look out for peacocks and the occasional heron. (Open daily from 7.30am)
IT’S GOOD TO TALK Exploring What Matters course
Championed by The Dalai Lama, this free eight-week course explores what makes for a happy and meaningful life. Plus, each week, you’ll be set an idea to action. (Courses from 12 April nationwide, actionforhappiness.org)
BRIGHT IDEA Rave your way into the day!
Since its 2013 inception, Morning Gloryville has brought sober raving to the world stage. Reclaim your mornings and get yourself down to one of its life-affirming events, where you can dance your heart out to top DJs, enjoy free hugs and experience total euphoria. Everyone’s invited. (Next episode on 16 April in west London, morninggloryville.com)
JUST FOCUS Natural high
Switch your sugary energy drink for a tonic packed with natural caffeine. This pioneering blend comes straight from the kola nut, known to dramatically increase alertness. (£60 for a box of eight bottles, botanic-lab.co.uk)
IT STARTS WITH YOU
BE KIND to YOURSELF
On 18 August 2011, in response to the UK riots and their aftermath, I resolved to be kind to a stranger every day for a year. To my surprise I’m still at it all these years later! In this time, I’ve sang happy birthday over the phone
But by far the hardest lesson I’ve learned has been to be kind to myself. After the first month, weary and footsore, I wrote a list of three things that I knew would
make me happy:
1. Get a massage.
2. Have lunch with my best friend, whom I hardly ever see.
3. Hop on the train to Brighton and spend the day in a café by the sea, reading.
I managed all three in one amazing day, and felt as though I’d been on holiday for a week.
SPREAD THE LOVE
If you’ve spent the rush hour jammed between a randomer’s armpit and the sooty doors of the Tube, write your list, book a day to do it, and be kind to yourself. You deserve it. Afterwards you’ll be ready to be kind to everyone else. bernadetterussell.com @betterussell Tweet your kindness adventures using the hashtag #BeKind