Nudge Your Way to Happiness: The 30 Day Workbook for a Happier You by Jon Cousins (Paperback, 2016)
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- DescriptionJon Cousins learned the hard way that getting help for a mental health problem isn't easy. After failing to get proper support, he ended up using his creativity to devise a unique and invative way of measuring and then improving his mood. Now he's distilled that approach into this highly original 30 day workbook whose approach has been proved in a pilot test. For each of its 30 days you'll be asked to rate your wellbeing with a short test, giving you a score you can plot on a graph at the back of the book. Then, based on your current level of wellbeing, you'll be directed to a 'nudge' - a simple, practical action designed to gently raise your happiness level. Recovery after a period of feeling bad is often a gradual process, so a little and often technique is best. Since you're measuring and recording your progress, you'll learn which of the book's dozens of happiness tips work best, enabling you to use them long after finishing the book. * * * * * * * Cousins was a London advertising executive with a dark secret. Despite outward apparent success he'd spent most of his life battling depression, managing to hide it from most people - sometimes even from himself. His dark days were punctuated with others of great energy and creativity, helpful for someone in his line of work, which was maybe why he always put off getting help. However, as he reached the age of 50 things seemed to get worse, so with the encouragement of two friends he finally arranged for a referral to a psychiatrist, and in December 2006 set off for an appointment he hoped might change his life. It did, but t in the way he'd hoped. After he'd poured out his heart to a woman in a secure psychiatric unit, she closed her tebook and told him he needed to see a psychiatrist. Cousins was confused. He thought he was supposed to be seeing a psychiatrist, so what was this woman's role? Explaining that her job was simply to assess people - in other words to see if they really needed help - she told Cousins that, yes, in her view he did need to see a psychiatrist, and sent him off to wait six weeks for a proper appointment. Six weeks. Leaving the psychiatric unit utterly dejected, Cousins resigned himself to having asked for help but t getting it. Somehow he made it through the next six weeks. The second appointment, with a proper psychiatrist, was better. Suspecting a depressive disorder, she asked Cousins to return - in ather three months - to tell yet ather psychiatrist how he'd been getting on, but gave him way to record his progress. That was when Cousins applied some of the creative skills he had acquired during his advertising career to devise and make a vel card game based on an existing mood test. It gave him daily scores he could record over time, but he also realized it enabled him to experiment with different mood-lifting strategies. If they worked, he'd see the difference in his mood score, so he could keep doing putting them into practice. Nudge Your Way to Happiness also describes Cousins's extraordinary third appointment with ather psychiatrist. It led him to question the help that was available to someone with a mood disorder that was anything less than severe, and ended up with the recognition that the best way to help people recover from low mood is to give them tools they can use to support themselves. Which is why he's devised and written this book. Each day you'll measure and track your wellbeing. Then you'll be directed to one of three customized mood nudges, specifically designed for the way you're feeling. When a seven day prototype of Nudge Your Way to Happiness was trialled, almost two thirds of those using it experienced a clinically significant mood improvement. If this is possible in only seven days, just imagine how much benefit you'll f
- Author BiographyIn some ways Jon Cousins is an unlikely person to have come up with a groundbreaking way to manage low mood and depression, but perhaps in other ways his whole life has prepared him for this mission. Cousins has created an entirely new approach to self-managing a condition that afflicts millions worldwide. He began his career in advertising, starting and running - as its creative director - a successful London agency with big-name clients and a shelf full of awards. Even though the business was thriving, he made a radical career decision to close the agency on his 40th birthday so he could spend a year traveling the world on a global voyage of discovery, then returned to the UK in 1997 to co-found a series of online startups in areas as diverse as kids' education, dating and a TV advertising archive. However, despite outward success and high achievement, Cousins eventually admitted that ever since his twenties (following a year of post-graduate study in California) he'd struggled with debilitating depression. His efforts to manage his condition led him to invent an online tool called Moodscope which, characteristically for someone so driven, became yet another start-up company that was recognized by the British National Health Service, and rated #1 in a public poll run by the U.K. Department of Health. His work and methods have been examined and reviewed by the BBC, The New York Times, The Times of London, and scores of others. Moodscope was announced to the world when Cousins spent an hour performing on a stone column in London's Trafalgar Square as part of the capital's year-long 4th Plinth art project. During his 60 minutes, he invited people to text him their moods, which he wrote, along with their names, on dozens of brightly colored flags displayed around the plinth (there's a YouTube video of this escapade). Cousins was a founder member of the London branch of the Quantified Self movement and has frequently spoken at QS meetings around the world, once about a self-experiment that involved him weighing his shaved whiskers every day for a month. In 2014 the U.S. Government awarded him extraordinary ability status to further his pioneering emotional health work in the United States, so he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he now lives. He spends a lot of his working time at Stanford University.
- Author(s)Jon Cousins
- Date of Publication26/04/2016
- SubjectSelf Improvement: General
- Place of PublicationScotts Valley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine16 mm
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