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Finding Happiness In The Dark


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I would recommend this book to anyone, as I’m sure most people could benefit from it.

It was clear from the beginning that Kenneth Liddane knows what he is talking about. This book is written from his personal and professional experience, and it shows. The personal anecdotes, combined with his professional knowledge and research, are what makes this book stand out to me.


Not Like Many Other Self-Help Books

There are a lot of self-help books out there, and many of these claim to help the reader find something. A lot are overly preachy and seem to bring God into the equation, which isn’t great if you’re not a believer. This does neither of those things. Think of it more as an interesting book, which you might pick up some helpful information from.


An Exploration of What Happiness Is

I really enjoyed reading the exploration of what happiness is, and its complexity. It usually relies on so many things. The ideas presented made sense; like the act of telling yourself you’re not happy, if you’re pursuing things you think will make you happy. I had never thought of it that way. This got me interested in exploring happiness on a deeper level, and unintentionally reminded me how much happier and mentally stronger I was when I was running, whatever else was happening in my life.


You Get Out What You Put In

As With most things, you will get out of this book whatever you put into it. So, if you read it and walk away thinking ‘that’s a nice book’ but don’t do anything or try to change your mindset, then nothing will change. Reading the book is the easy part. Making the changes will be the real challenge.


The Support Section

I found the support section particularly useful. I’ve attempted mindfulness, meditation, and living a healthy lifestyle before, but it was a useful reminder that I need to keep at it. All of the suggestions are doable to some greater or lesser extent. Not everyone will have time to do them all, but they’re all relatively small changes or actions to incorporate into your daily life.



The book is well written and edited. The author has poured his knowledge into the pages in a non-judgmental way. His advice is easy to understand, and while it may take time to change your mindset, there are helpful steps to take.


I would recommend this book to anyone, as I’m sure most people could benefit from it. 

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Amanda Steel is a multi-genre author who has just completed her Creative Writing MA. She regularly performs her work at open mic nights around Manchester (UK). Some of her current projects include a book review podcast and a literary magazine.

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About the author

Hi, I am a practicing Counsellor & Psychotherapist with an interest in helping people make sense of their own minds, to assist in their personal development and mental health. My goal is to shine a light on individuals potential so they are better able to face whatever challenges come their way. view profile

Published on September 01, 2021

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Genre: Self-Help & Self-Improvement

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