Emma O’Connor is an Aussie in Edinburgh, the mother of 2 not so little boys, the wife of a chef and an author by accident. She has recently started Happiness Now, an organisation aimed at supporting other families struggling with anxiety and depression, and has written Everyday Happy as part of her mission. Emma is a budding advocate for children’s mental health, and hopes to do her part in the prevention of childhood anxiety through her ‘everyday happy’ message. In her ‘day job’ Emma teaches swimming to humans of all ages from the very young to the young at heart!
The concept for Everyday Happy came about through Emma’s search to find a way to help her (then) 9 year old son overcome extreme feelings of anxiety. The more she researched, the more apparent it became that helping him focus on the positives to increase his general level of happiness was their answer.
The book represents what Emma felt was missing in her search… A simple, empowering tool for doing… Not just just reading. For All people… For almost any age.
With the ‘anxiety’ books and tools focusing so much on the ‘problems’ and unwanted behaviours, rather than the solution, Emma felt it was hard to see the way forward. They were also very adult focused.
Easy to read, easy to do and with no dates or deadlines, Everyday Happy is designed to be a tool for empowerment. To enable children, teenagers and adults alike to walk their way back to a happier life.
Recently Emma has taken the Everyday Happy concept into children’s group classes Pathways to Happiness, giving them the space and opportunity to learn simple tools for increasing their general happiness.