Reading: The Book That Changed Your Life

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We all have one. we can all think of the book that changed your life. I discovered mine last year and I would love to tell you all about it. It changed my life, maybe it could change yours?

This time last year my exams were over and summer was just around the corner. The effects of lockdown still lingered and I found myself with lots of free time on my hands. I tied completing Netflix, but my brain started to melt. Instead I’ve rediscovered the simple joy of reading. 

A chance discovery changed my life

At the start of that year, I was scrolling aimlessly through Instagram and discovered a TEDtalk. And it was causing quite a stir (watch it below). In the video, Johann Hari discusses some radical approaches to depression and anxiety. Something in what he was saying really clicked with me. All I could think was… this makes total sense. I researched Hari and ordered his book Lost Connections and you should too!

Johann Hari’s book, Lost Connections, quite simply changed my life. I became hooked after reading the first couple of pages. The book comes highly recommended by the likes of Russell Brand, Elton John, Hilary Clinton and Davina McCall to name just a few. It is a book, like no other. And it looks into what would be considered by many people as ‘alternative’ causes of depression and anxiety. In doing so it makes us question whether these approaches and ideas are really alternative at all. 

It just made sense

Hari, supported by a wealth of evidence from various doctors and experts in the industry, encourages us to think outside the box. He looks at the bigger picture and in turn approaches the topics of depression and anxiety into things that we can all relate to.

In one section of the book, Hari writes how ‘your pain makes sense’. And after reading it, to me, it really did. the book is literally packed with so many other light-bulb moments. Reading it totally changed the way I think about my own depression. 

Without giving too much away I really do stand by the fact that this book changed my life indeed my path in dealing with my mental health issues. This book helped me rediscover things I had lost as a result of my illness, including reading, dancing, writing and performing music. And what is more, it provided a greater understanding of why I felt as I did. In addition to providing practical steps to take to improve my mental health. 

I can recomend it enough

I recommended this book to everyone I know. So much so in fact, I actually bought about 10 copies and sent them across the country to my best friends!). Likewise I am so passionate about it I would recomend it to be considered essential reading for all, not just those suffering from depression and anxiety. So watch the Tedtalk, grab a copy of Lost Connections and spread the word.

May it could be the book that changed your life too?

This could be why you’re depressed or anxious by Johann Hari

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