Natalie Fee is the embodiment of glee. Few have her grasp of what it is to be happy. I strongly suggest you read this and learn her unique way for yourself — Barefoot Doctor, author of The Man Who Drove with His Eyes Closed: The Making of a Barefoot Doctor and Handbook for the Urban Warrior
Practical and wise, Natalie Fee takes her readers to the heart of what is good and useful for personal and spiritual development — William Bloom, author of The Endorphin Effect and Three Golden Keys
A concise, inspiring and practical introduction to this important subject. Had me taking notes — Isabel Losada, author of The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment and For Tibet, With Love; A Beginner’s Guide to Changing the World
The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook shows you how to you release the power of happiness in you so as to illuminate the world we live in, one bright heart at a time — Robert Holden, author of Be Happy and Happiness NOW!
A personal, thought-provoking read, full of insight and energy. Essential reading for anyone who’s yet to master the art of happiness! — Mark Boyle, author of The Moneyless Man and founder of Freeconomy
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At first glance, The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook is an unassuming little book. However I’m soon to discover that this gem packs a mighty punch.
I am pretty sceptical at first – how can reading a book make me happier? I have natural cynicism towards books that claim to ‘change your life’ and it is in this spirit, I have to admit, in which I begin to read. However within a few pages, I’m keen to read more and, very soon, Natalie’s simple yet powerful techniques have me sitting up until the early hours to finish the entire book.
In Part One, Natalie introduces us to awareness: the ability to see things as they really are, and shares methods of increasing our awareness, which I find immediately effective and illuminating. Natalie has a way of explaining that makes it easy to follow her suggestions and instantly perceive the change in the polarity of your own emotions. She also explains the importance of balancing awareness with intent in order to make beneficial changes. This rings very true for me. I recall the times I have been aware that I need to make changes to my diet and exercise levels, yet the power of my intent has not been sufficient to change anything at all. Just becoming aware of this, I feel empowered to focus more on my intent to change.
The chapter on acceptance also gives me a personal insight and I have to admit that I have been guilty of the ‘It’s not fair’ attitude at many times throughout my life, as well as frequent bouts of self-importance. Natalie’s straightforward techniques of recognising and dealing with these debilitating ways of thinking are easy and liberating. I laugh reading about Sara and her stresses over her new partner’s perpetual lateness. I can really relate to this as people who are repeatedly late have always been a real trigger issue for me. I now have new ways of dealing with this – thank you Natalie! Natalie’s style creates the impression that she is telling you about her work as you share a coffee in a brightly lit street café. Her sparkling narrative and insights enabled me to feel like I was getting to know her too, as well as learning more about myself.
Natalie’s descriptions of her own personal challenges with happiness are candid and encouraging. We learn that she has suffered times of personal crisis and emotional turmoil in her life. What really shines through is that Natalie has personally used the techniques in this book and is passionate about their effectiveness and also about sharing them with us. Her candid revelations make her state of happiness seem achievable for even the most troubled souls amongst us. I have used Natalie’s GPS method – geography, position, spirit – every day and the changes have been immediate and dramatic. The methods in The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook are simple enough to remember without the need for constant referral to the text, yet I feel that this book will live next to my bed for some time as I enjoy parts of it again.
This book is a treasure trove of methods to transform your way of looking at your own circumstances, enabling you to turn the lead of your life into the gold which you seek.
—Naomi Walker, Feel Good magazine
If you prefer to listen instead of read, or would like simply like to catch a fun radio interview in which I talk about all things happy and alchemical, then do have a listen to either this one, in which I had a great time being interviewed on My Spirit Radio by the wonderful Robin Robinson, or maybe this one, from the Vivacity show on a local Bristol radio station, BCFM with Shivani Fox.