Four expert-approved ways to pay less tax
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This Monkstown home is a serene dream, yet still perfectly suited to the demands of family life
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IMAGE staff pick their top skincare products from French beauty brands
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Six mood-boosting books that will make you think differently

Six mood-boosting books that will make you think differently


by Jennifer McShane
30th Dec 2023

Six mood-boosting books designed to leave you energised and thinking differently.

Dolly Alderton is at her best when penning life advice via her agony aunt column in The Sunday Times Style Magazine. Now her columns, which she has been writing since 2020, are all together in one place in Dear Dolly… (Fig Tree, approx €15.99) and her soothing words on love, loss and everything in between will make you think you’re simply chatting to a best friend. A must-have book companion.

If we’re looking to truly be revitalised, this means really feeling alive: energised, invigorated, enthusiastic and optimistic each day. But how do we get there? In The Vitality Mark (Gill Books, approx €16.99),author and lifestyle-medicine practitioner Dr Mark Rowe explains how to make this journey easier with his brilliantly practical five-point plan for a happier, healthier life in a post-Covid world.

Menopause is a natural phase of life, but is one full of stereotypes and misconceptions. Ireland’s first “menopause coach”, wellness writer and speaker Catherine O’Keeffe dismantles all this in her excellent All You Need to Know About Menopause (O’Brien Press, approx €19.99). Drawing on the latest research, she details everything from symptoms to HRT, supplements and nutrition, and above all, assures you that you’re not alone as you try to manage the menopause in the way that is right for you.

When it comes to trying to get through life’s ups and downs,Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? (Penguin, approx €14.99) is a collection of highly digestible coping tips from famed clinical psychologist Dr Julie Smith that will furnish you with a sense of resilience and control – perfect for when it comes to optimising your mental health.

It was 2018 when journalist Hannah Jane Parkinson started writing a column for The Guardian on small things that gave her joy. This became her open-hearted, bite-size read The Joy of Small Things (Guardian Faber, approx €9.99),a collection of short and snappy things that can add some sparkle to our day-to-day, from fluffy dressing gowns to favourite fonts, solo cinema trips and more.

To manifest is the act of bringing a tangible desire or goal into reality by putting intentional energy into bringing these goals to life. In Manifest: Dive Deeper (Penguin Michael Joseph, approx €14.99), author Roxie Nafousi expands on her bestselling 2021 book with this sequel. Filled with simple and inspiring exercises to further inspire self-awareness, it’s as readable as the first tome.

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