As a seasoned author, Andy is going to extraordinary lengths to avoid ‘Deja Moo’ – the feeling that you’ve heard all this bull-shit before. He describes the new book thus: ‘I’m a big Led Zep fan but I don’t want their entire back catalogue because some of the early stuff makes my ears bleed. Ditto ‘positive psychology’. There’s an awful lot of content out there so this is my Greatest Hits CD. The very best bits from the fields of wellbeing and happiness, with no filler.’
The book will contain the very latest from the science of positive psychology, including insights from his own research, plus an array of material begged, borrowed and ‘rehashed’ from academia and self-help. Andy’s specialisms of attitudinal choice, emotional contagion, resilience, goal-setting and strengths will shine through, as will his stories, energy and humour. The book is designed to provoke thought as well as action. As such, there will be activities to complete and ‘homework’ that challenges readers to embed new ways of thinking. Most of all, the reader can expect quirkiness and fun. The content will include some or all of:
1. Why happiness is the biggest mis-selling scandal of all time
2. Why most people are a million miles away from feeling as great as they could
3. Happiness lessons from around the world
4. The absolute truth about money and happiness
5. Small changes that will super-charge your career
6. Why zebras don’t get ulcers
7. Why you should stick up for Mondays
8. How to create a 25th hour
9. How to cure road rage (and all other types of rage)
10. Top tips so you can feel amazing, often against the odds
11. The cheat’s guide to positive parenting
12. How to win the lottery guaranteed)
Table of Contents:
Part 1: Welcome to the Pleasure Dome
In which we poke fun at the ‘human race’ and modernity, what with its busyness, infomania and musterbation.
Part 2: The Human Operating System
Tinkering under the bonnet of the human being we find out how the science of positive psychology can super-charge our lives.
Part 3: The 3Rs (Relationships, relationships & relationships)
Some solutions, happiness hacks and easy wins to improve your work and home life.
Part 4: What Next for Homo Sapiens?
Mind blowing stuff about consciousness and the nature of thought. Part 4 seeks to cement the learning from parts 1-3 and embed new thinking until it’s grooved in.
Part 5: Yogi, BooBoo and the Homos
Stretching the trilogy to a fifth part. Really? The missing link.
About the Author:
Andy Cope describes himself as an author, happiness expert, qualified teacher and learning junkie. He has spent 10 years researching 'positive psychology' culminating in a 'PhD in Happiness' from Loughborough University. He has developed a series of keynotes and courses centring on themes of happiness and flourishing, which he delivers in business and schools across the world.
Andy has written several best-selling personal development books, including 'The Art of Being Brilliant', and is also a best-selling children's author. His 'Spy Dog' series has enjoyed huge global success.