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Happiness – one tiny word that means big things for so many people. It seems wherever we look, people are obsessed with the pursuit of happiness – finding it, keeping it, helping it grow – but just where are we supposed to begin? And when it comes to happiness, what’s more important – a happy mind or a happy body? To help you define it for yourself, we’ve found six books to completely reshape your mindset when it comes to healthy and happy living.

1. The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu 

If there’s such a thing as an authority on happiness, it’s got to be one of these two men. The iconic spiritualists met up in 2015 to chat about life, faith, tragedy and to answer one of life’s most difficult questions – how do we find happiness in a world that seems to be so full of suffering? The Book of Joy is the result of the duo’s week together in India, swapping stories, philosophies and inspiration.

2. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking 

You may have read our article a few months ago introducing the Danish concept of “hygge”, and the idea is quickly catching on around the world. Pronounced “hooga”, hygge has no English equivalent – it essentially means “to have a cosy time together” and is all about finding comfort among your loved ones. The Little Book of Hygge will convince you that the Danish way of living is something we should all embrace.

3. 4 Ingredients: Fast, Fresh & Healthy by Kim McCosker, Rachael Bermingham and Deepak Chopra 

The Aussie ladies behind the wildly popular 4 Ingredients series are back with yet another book of quick and easy recipes, this time with the help of holistic health guru Deepak Chopra. Packed with more than 400 delicious, healthy and inexpensive salads, pastas, desserts and more, these food ideas will nourish you from the inside out.

4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 

From the mind behind the famous KonMari Method of organisation, cleaning consultant Marie Kondo’s best-selling guide to the Japanese art of decluttering will change the way you look at your space forever. While it mightn’t sound like a page-turner, more than three million people around the world are singing the praises of Kondo’s revolutionary organisational system.

5. How Not to Die by Dr Michael Greger with Gene Stone 

Health and medicine have come a long way in the past few centuries, but it seems we’re always hearing about diseases and superbugs threatening our health – and our sanity. But what if you could prevent it all? Physician and nutrition expert Dr Michael Greger has put together this complete guide to making the right food choices to stave off some of the biggest killers – heart disease and cancer to name just two.

6. Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe 

If you think you have healthy eating for the inside down pat, it’s time to start working on the outside. In Eat Beautiful, beauty expert Wendy Rowe shares her tried-and-tested recipes designed to make the skin smoother, clearer and more radiant than ever all year ‘round. No matter your skin’s “problem area”, Rowe has the solution (and DIY homemade skin care products) for every issue.

Are there any happy, healthy books that have changed your life? Share them with us in the comments below!

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