Just a quick booksnap, a pretty easy one this week; Bill Bailey’s new book Bill Bailey’s Remarkable guide to happiness. A serious examination of what makes us happy and not surprisingly Bill identifies many things I think most of are already aware, like the importance of nature in our sense of wellbeing and happiness. Bill is well known for his love of nature and wildlife, a keen birder like fellow comedian Bill Oddie, he has previously written books on bird watching and a few years back he made a wonderful documentary about the remarkable Victorian naturalist Alfred Wallace. The natural world and music are clearly two things dear to Bill Bailey’s heart and that is reflected in his meditation on happiness and what makes us happy. They are not the only things he recommends of course, a round of crazy golf rates high on his list of happiness pursuits, or wild swimming another one I can relate too. The book is beautifully illustrated with Bill’s own drawings and illustrations by Joe Magee.

Sometimes all you need for happiness and contentment are simple things, like sitting quietly in the park with a good book, a dog and a decent cup of coffee.

This book might make a nice Christmas gift for someone, especially if that someone needs to learn how to chill out and enjoy simple things in life. There are a few laughs to be had from the text but it is not a deliberately comic book. An enjoyable read with good ideas.

#BookSnapSunday is a weekly bookish Instagram meme hosted here at Gum trees and Galaxies.com, if you would like to join in please feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments below. All you have to do is post an image of a book. Happy reading!

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