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About Helen Russell
Formerly the editor of MarieClaire.co.uk, Helen has worked as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian, as well as writing a longstanding column for the Telegraph. She now lives in Denmark and writes for titles including The Observer, Stylist, Metro, Grazia and The Independent.
Praise for The Year of Living Danishly:
'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land' The Guardian
'Russell is possessed of a razor-sharp wit and a winning self-deprecation' The Independent
'The Book that 1) I didn't put down 2) confirmed that life didn't need to be so hectic 3) I recommended to all the busy people in my life' Huffington Post USA
'In best-selling travel book The Year Of Living Danishly, Londoner Helen Russell reveals what happened when she swapped the capital for a new life in rural Jutland. It's A Year in Provence for the modern age' Mail on Sunday
'Learn how to live simply and with joy in Denmark' Forbes magazine, Top Travel Book
Praise for Leap Year:
'It's brilliant stuff' BBC Radio 2
'A wonderful and humorous book. I can't remember when I last read a book which made me smile or laugh so often. Highly recommended if you're considering leaping into something new or making a change' Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge
'Makes some pretty big promises - but with practical life lessons, witty first-hand experiences and no-BS advice, it really does what it says on the tin' Stella, The Sunday Telegraph
'Written in Russell's signature style that fuses honesty with wit, Leap Year is both a heart-warming tale and a useful guide with hints and tips on how to better deal with change ... Leap Year is a charming book that will resonate with readers the world over' The Literary Edit
Praise for Gone Viking:
'Laugh out loud funny with a good dollop of insight - I loved it!' Katie Fforde
'Funny and moving' Good Housekeeping
'She brought us Hygge, and now Helen Russell's Gone Viking. I laughed out loud as wits-end dentist Alice is put through her norse paces. It's time we all went a little Viking' Grazia
'Laugh-out-loud comedy with surprising depth at its heart' S Magazine
Praise for The Atlas of Happiness:
'It's a delight, as well as being a gorgeous-looking book. You'll buy it as a gift only to find yourself using it as a crutch to get to spring' Grazia
'This beautifully illustrated book takes us on a journey around the world to discover how to be happy' Psychologies
'In this beautifully illustrated and fascinating guide, she explores the unique methods that countries adopt in order to find inner peace' Emerald Street
'This original and informative guide to global happiness provides plenty of inspiration. The perfect read to help you refocus your life and refresh your perspective' Woman
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'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land.'- Guardian
Given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: Denmark, land of
long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries, was the happiest place on earth.
Keen to know their secrets, Helen gave herself a year to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.
From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD and taxes, The Year of Living Danishly records a funny,
poignant journey, showing us what the Danes get right, what they get wrong, and how we might all live a little more Danishly
In this new edition, six years on Helen reveals how her life and family have changed, and explores how Denmark, too – or
her understanding of it – has shifted. It’s a messy and flawed place, she concludes – but can still be a model for a better
way of living.
"In any human life there are going to be periods of unhappiness. That is part of the human experience. Learning how to be sad is a natural first step in how to be happier."—Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute
An expert on the pursuit of happiness combines her powerful personal story with surprising research and expert advice to reveal the secret of finding joy: allowing sadness to enrich your life and relationships.
Helen Russell has researched sadness from the inside out for her entire life. Her earliest memory is of the day her sister died. Her parents divorced soon after, and her mother didn’t receive the help she needed to grieve. Coping with her own emotional turmoil—including struggles with body image and infertility—she’s endured professional and personal setbacks as well as relationships that have imploded in truly spectacular ways. Even the things that brought her the greatest joy—like eventually becoming a parent—are fraught with challenges.
While devoting a career to writing books on happiness, Helen discovered just how many people are terrified of sadness. But the key to happiness is unhappiness—by allowing ourselves to experience pain, we learn to truly appreciate and embrace joy. How to Be Sad is a memoir about living with sadness, as well as an upbeat manifesto for change that encourages us to accept and express our emotions, both good and bad. Interweaving Helen’s personal testimony with the latest research on sadness—from psychologists, geneticists, neuroscientists and historians—as well as the experiences of writers, comics, athletes and change-makers from around the world, this vital and inspiring guide explores why we get sad, what makes us feel this way, and how it can be a force for good.
Timely and essential, How to Be Sad is about how we can better look after ourselves and each other, simply by getting smarter about sadness.