From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly and Leap Year, a round-the-world trip discovering the global secrets of happiness

The global secrets on how to be happy

Atlas of Happiness

‘From drinking on the sofa in your pants to celebrating imperfections, happiness expert Helen Russell reveals how people across the world put a smile on their faces.’
The Sun

‘Give yourself a happiness boost with these well-being secrets from around the globe.’
The Daily Express

‘It’s a delight, as well as being a gorgeous-looking book.’

Beautifully illustrated and fascinating’
Emerald Street

Feeling terrified of that upcoming job interview? Take inspiration from the Icelanders and get some Þetta reddast – the unwavering belief that everything will work out in the end.

Lost your way in life? Make like the Chinese and find your xing fu, or the thing that gives you real purpose.

Too much on your plate? The Italians can help you learn the fine art of dolce far niente, aka the sweetness of doing nothing at all.

Overwhelmed by busyness and disconnected from nature? The Swedish have a solution – just find your smultronställe, or ‘wild strawberry patch’, your perfect escape from the rest of the world.


From Australia to Wales, via Bhutan, Ireland, Finland, Turkey, Syria, Japan and many more besides, The Atlas of Happiness uncovers the global secrets to happiness, and how they can change our lives.



Helen Russell Two Roads Books

Helen Russell is a journalist and the bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly and Leap Year. Formerly editor of MarieClaire.co.uk, she now lives in Denmark and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian, as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Telegraph and features for The TimesThe ObserverGraziaThe Wall Street Journal and the Independent.


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