Books for Happiness

  • This book list has been compiled to help GP’s offer alternative strategies to patients struggling with depression.  Reading over and above everything else has been shown to reduce stress levels significantly.  A list created in order to help patients to help themselves think themselves and feel themselves better.  Of course you don’t have to feel depressed to benefit from a great read, a book  that lifts your spirits and gives you a temporary escape from the pace of modern life.

While I am on the subject of books I would just like to add my personal opinion on Kindles.  I don’t like them one bit.  I don’t like the lack of physically turning a page.  I don’t like the fact that it is just one more thing to ‘plug in’ to.   Given a great opportunity to relax and curl up with a good book, why would you then choose to surround yourself with a magnetic field (again?), denying your physical body the chance to unwind and de-stress too.  I see a similar example in runners, who plug in to their music to run.  Now don’t get me wrong, I do not run so I cannot begin to judge, but I  spoke to the wife of a man who is running at the moment and who has chosen not to plug in.  The freedom that it gives his mind, to unravel and unwind as he runs, to sort, re-work, re-live the moments and troubles of the day is invaluable.  Lost to those who move only to the pace of their downloaded track.

It will run alongside the ‘Books on Prescription’ scheme, which allows GP’s to ‘prescribe’ self-help books stocked at local libraries.

Almost every library in the country has agreed to stock the approved list of self-help books and mood-boosting books.

  • A Winter Book: Selected Stories by Tove Jansson – Jansson, Tove
    That Awkward Age – McGough, Roger
  • The Beach Cafe – Diamond, Lucy
  • Tackling Life (Quick Reads 2011) – Oatway, Charlie
  • A Little History of the World – Gombrich, Ernst
  • Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey Through Britain – Roger Deakin
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Simonson, Helen
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Puffin Books) – Salman, Rushdie
  • A Spot of Bother Mark Haddon
  • The Big Stone Gap Trilogy: “Big Cherry Holler”, “Big Stone Gap”, “Milk Glass Moon”: Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler, Milk Glass Moon – Trigiani, Adriana
  • Notes From A Small Island – Bryson, Bill
  • The Big over Easy – Fforde, Jasper
  • Tales Of The City – Maupin, Armistead
  • Trouble on the Heath (Quick Reads) – Terry Jones
  • The Pursuit of Love – Mitford, Nancy
    To the Moon and Back: How far would you go for Love? – Mansell, Jill
  • The Secret Garden  – Kate Maberly


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