Book Review: The Happiness Revolution by Dr Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee

I’m excited to share a different type of book for me The Happiness Revolution by Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee, a non-fiction guide to living your best life. The last eighteen months have been difficult for all, but the last few months have been for me the hardest with everyone jumping back into real life. I’ve found myself in a rut, so when the invite for this book popped into my email I jumped at the chance to read it despite it not being my usual read. Scroll down to see if this book does what it says on the cover.

Book Review: The Happiness Revolution by Dr Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee

Happy Revolution by Dr Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee

Title: The Happiness Revolution: A Manifesto for Living your Best Life

Author: Dr Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee

Publisher: Capstone

Genre: self-help, no-fiction

Release Date: 10th June 2021


The book for our times! As we emerge from lockdown and re-evaluate our lives before and during the pandemic, we now have a unique opportunity for change and a more positive future.

 A guide for everyone who feels that they are just muddling along. While we cannot be happy all of the time, we can learn how to live a less stressed and happier life.

 Two of the best-selling experts in the field of positive psychology brought together for the first time and available for
interview: Dr Andy Cope (The Art of Being Brilliant) and Prof Paul McGee (S.U.M.O.).

 Grounded in science and tested in life, The Happiness Revolution compiles all that we know about the science of happiness and presents it in a cheerful, often hilarious, and practical way – so that you can upgrade your wellbeing.

Happiness. We chase it, we crave it… it’s so in demand… yet so scarce.

But here’s the good news. In The Happiness Revolution: A Manifesto For Living Your Best Life, bestselling authors Dr Andy Cope and Professor Paul McGee deliver a page-turning self-help book of the times, for the times. As the world wakes up to a new kind of normal, The Happiness Revolution challenges readers to sign up to an uprising of wellbeing and to making the most of the privilege of being on this planet.

The book outlines a 10-point Happiness Manifesto. Grounded in the science of human flourishing and the reality of life, the principles are simple, do-able and above all make a difference not only to yourself but to others too. Let the fight back to mental wealth start right here. Welcome to global domination of the happiness kind!

 How to regain your sanity, clarity, and wellbeing, even when your smartphone, kids, spouse,
job, and possessions seem to be conspiring to keep you from doing just that.

 Why it can be so hard to maintain a happy outlook when the outside world has never been
so fast, complex, and unpredictable.

 How to be at your best in a world that is doing its worst.

Happiness is the #1 thing you want for yourself and your family. The Happiness Revolution is an indispensable guide for everyone trying to live their best life and to spread some happiness whilst doing so.

Rise up and be happy! Vive la revolution!

My Thoughts

When lockdown happened, everyone became recluses and, as a spoonie, my world opened with many online opportunities popping up to keep everyone entertained and less lonely – catch ups with friends, courses in everything you could dream of, accessible conferences and events were all happening on zoom. My diary hadn’t looked so full since I became ill. As a shielder, when freedom day arrived and real life began again, my social calendar shrank again and my mood plummeted. I had high hopes this book would give me a lift, and it did. It really did, despite life throwing more curveballs at me while reading it; the authors’ words offered me respite from my troubles and helped me remain calm and concentrate on what I could control and the positive, however small.

Split into easy-to-read sections and sprinkled with humour, I zipped through the book over a few days. The ideas and tips are accessible, and though backed by science, they are presented in a way that meant I wasn’t bogged down by jargon. They felt I could slot them into my life without feeling overwhelmed and giving up within a day. Usually, I’m a glass half person, so maybe that helped with my enjoyment as their words made sense, gave me a kick in the right direction and focus on the things I can control rather than not. This book does require an open mind and the desire to give it ago because batting away negativity is never easy, especially when the brain is programmed to focus on it.

Would I recommend?

Yes. It’s highly accessible, full of humour and manageable tips to get you out of a rut and begin to treat yourself like your own best friend so you can discover the elusive sense of happiness.

Author Biography

Dr Andy Cope

DR ANDY COPE is the UK’s first ever Dr of Happiness. He has a passion for motivation and positive psychology and
strives to influence people to think differently. He founded Art of Brilliance in 2004 to blaze a new trail – one that was
non-academic, totally rooted in the real world and that would make a massive and immediate impact on
individuals and organisations. Andy is a sought-after keynote speaker, bestselling author, and authority on happiness, motivation, and human flourishing.

Prof Paul McGee

PROF PAUL MCGEE is a visiting professor at the University of Chester and is one of Europe’s leading speakers on the subject of change, resilience, wellbeing, and communication. His book SUMO became a Sunday Times best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith’s business chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. His books have sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio. He has had the privilege of working with one of the world’s top management gurus the late Dr Stephen Covey and his work has been endorsed by Sir Clive Woodward. Chris Evans described Paul’s book ‘How Not to Worry’ as “a gift to the world.” His clients include prominent blue chip organisations, public sector bodies and a leading Premier League football club.
He combines his love of comedy and football by supporting Wigan Athletic and Bradford City

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Thank you Random Thing Tours for inviting me to this tour and providing an advanced copy for me to review and give my honest and unbiased opinion.


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