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Cracking the Happiness Code by Dr Pamela Stoodley

There has always been a proliferation of books that promise all kinds of things when it comes to our dispositions around happiness. And now, managing to take all these technical aspects and psychological inquiry to the masses, Dr Pamela Stoodley explores the fundamentals of the processes involved in self regulation and self appreciation through her new book Cracking The Happiness Code, using straightforward and effective language.

From her years as a New Zealand trained doctor, a neuropsychologist and counsellor, Stoodley uses anecdotal stories, examples, theory, and research to explain the ins and outs within the realm of our minds and explains them simply and with practical exercises and concepts.

It is the practicalities of the book that really set it apart from the myriad of other options. Yes, of course, there is a solid foundation of research and theory and medical ‘stuff’ that adds to the weightiness of the whole concept of anything to do with our brains and the functions within. But the skill of Stoodley is that practical knowledge, and the How to shift the needle in reflecting on our own practice, and our own wellbeing and happiness.

The short chapter style of the writing is superb, making for easy and digestible reading that makes the whole idea less daunting. Certainly some of the titles of the chapters did bring a cold sweat appear with names like ‘Extrasensory Perception’ and ‘Curvation’, but as aforementioned, it is so succinctly and clearly explained that one needn’t worry about the jargon side of things (thank goodness).

There is so much to take and apply to everyday life from this book - even the quotes have found their way into everyday language!

Overall so much to experience through this book Cracking the Happiness Code. If it is a riddle, then Stoodley has certainly found the answer. A highly recommended read in this modern environment when trying to find your happy place is getting that little bit harder year by year.

Reviewer: Chris Reed

Jane Publishing


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