The Happy Hero reveals the secret of enjoying a better life and sets out the principles of how to feel good by doing good. Sounds simple, but where do you start?

Everyday we are bombarded with fear and negativity from the media and have been trained out of happiness by these stories. There is a simple solution; stop worrying about the future and start making it better. Whether it's donating blood, only eating meat at the weekend, buying vintage/pre-loved clothes or picking up litter in your street.

Luckily, many of the changes we need to make to build a better world, we want to do anyway and optimism is the only mindset that can change our world for the better. New research shows that trying to make a difference, even in the smallest ways, can extend your life, improve your relationships and even help you recover from a cold...because, it turns out, saving the world is good for you.

So Superheroes, what are you waiting for... ?


About the Author

Solitaire has been trying to make the world a better place for nearly 30 years. As co-founder of the change agency Futerra, she advises governments, charities and big brands on ways to solve social and environmental problems.

With Futerra offices now in London, Stockholm, New York, San Francisco and Mexico City she admits that making the world a better place was a good business plan. You can watch her TEDx talks online and read her in the Guardian, Huffington Post and more often on twitter. She was once even profiled in Harper’s Bazaar; but they didn’t let her keep the clothes. Her post-graduate degrees in both Shakespeare and Sustainability are put to good use in her books. As is her love of Star Trek.

Solitaire would like you to know that yes, she thinks it’s a pretty name too. And no, she wasn’t named after the Bond girl

The Happy Hero book by Solitaire Townsend

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