One thing which every person on the planet desires is to live a fulfilled and happy life. So why does happiness seem to elude so many of us? Are you fed up with thinking ‘I’ll be happy when…’ but who knows when that will be? Are you done with continually changing your circumstances believing this will lead to a happy life, only to find that you don’t feel any different? How can we simply ‘get happy’ when the pressures of jobs, mortgages and relationships are upon us all?
Enter Matt Pepper, who has spent twenty years researching, learning and practising the tools and techniques he has discovered which have enabled him to help his clients live a happy and fulfilled life. In Happiness: The Inside Job, he has collected all of this knowledge together into one place with each and every chapter filled with insights, case studies and quirky illustrations, which will give a new understanding of how to enjoy life. Matt’s concepts are so simple to grasp and apply, you’ll wonder how you never thought of them yourself! So the question is, are you ready to be happy?
Putting the power back into our own hands and equipped with his Happiness Barometer, Matt shows how you can find your inner happiness and keep hold of it —no matter what is going on in your life. Divided into seven sections, Matt firstly introduces the tools to ‘Fire up your own happiness,’ where we are invited to explore different life scenarios and our reactions to them depending on where we are on The Happiness Barometer. Matt also reveals how we can expose our Ta-Daa, becoming the person we know we can be, by getting rid of any alter egos we may be holding on to —whether it’s at work or in social situations — before moving on to share tips on how to tend to our Emotional Garden in order to create an abundance of positive feelings.
Then, after we’ve weeded out our negative emotions it’s all aboard the Groovy Train of Thought, where we’re taught how to fill our mind with positive and happy thoughts and listen to our gut instinct —because it’s what’s inside that counts. Matt then explores how we can ‘Turn our muck to luck” showing that by changing our mindsets, we can learn how to bounce back from tough times and jump over life’s hurdles instead of getting bogged down in the darkness. Finally he looks at how we can ‘Pimp up our purpose,’ and by following what feels right we can point ourselves in the right direction. By providing tools and tips to gain perspective on whatever life can throw at us, we will find out that true happiness really is an inside job.
A light-hearted and accessible approach to self-development, Happiness: The Inside Job is the perfect read for those of us looking to find their inner happiness and keep hold of it, no matter what is happening in our lives and transform into ‘A Happiness Generating Machine.’
Today I am hosting an extract from this inspiring book.
Make feeling good
Feeling good should be the most important aspect of our lives. In fact what I realised is that feeling good should be the cornerstone of our lives because it influences everything that we are and do.
Feeling good improves our ability to deal with stress, our levels of health, our mind-set and our ability to see things more clearly, which in turn shapes our future, enabling us to go for what we want in life. It is fair to say that all aspects of our lives are improved when we are feeling good… it is the best place to be.
Here are some of the benefits of feeling good:
Life runs smoother
… We have more energy
… Things don’t get to us as much
… Life’s niggles just bounce off us
… We don’t concern ourselves with what is not important
… We let others get on with their lives … We feel more carefree and more able to have fun
We get inspired
… Our mindsets are clearer
… We have more clarity with better ideas and actions
… We see the best in ourselves and others
Our family lives are better
… Our relationships are easier and more fun
… Our relationships with our partners, siblings, and children are more loving
… We are more engaged and happier with family life
We are happier at work
… Work ideas and creativity flow more freely and are more enjoyable
… We are more engaged with others
… We are more productive
… We are less stressed and more resilient
… We can listen more easily
… We get in our “zone”
Our health improves
… Our sense of wellbeing is improved
… Our stress levels reduce dramatically
… Health problems decrease
… We are more connected to our friends, family and society in general.
All about Matt
Matt Pepper has been working within the health and personal development industry for over twenty-years with clients ranging from artists and film directors, to chief executives and their workforce, civil servants and students. A passionate speaker, Matt also lectures on happiness and wellbeing for medical teams including those at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He loves giving his ‘PeppTalks’ where he shares the essence of this book, motivating groups and organisations from all walks of life. Based between Oxford and London, he lives with his wife Tash, their three children and two cats.
Where to find Matt