Happy guide- review and book give away

We are lucky enough to have been asked to read Michael Kinnaird’s short e-book and give away a few copies. If you would like to find a bit more happiness and health in your life read on to find out how you could receive a copy of this book!!

6 simple changes for health and happiness.

  1. Eat and drink the right stuff
  2. Be free from drugs
  3. Exercise
  4. Sleep Well
  5. Get organised
  6. Live in the moment

If you’ve read any of our previous blog posts you can imagine the title and subtitles of this book were right up our street! 6 simple changes are apparently all it takes!

I don’t want to give too much away from the book because it explains things a lot better than what I will here. However, there are a few things that I think are important about the book and that I think everyone should know.

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A pill for your ill

The book mentions a great phrase that I think sums up our Western society: A pill for your ill.

We have lived in two very culturally different societies; the UK and Qatar. Despite the numerous differences between the countries, this is something that is identical in each.

It’s very common for “ill” people to rely on the doctors and get a pill to cure this illness. Instead of being proactive about it we are typically reactive to illnesses and medical conditions. Doctors are typically trained to cure illnesses, not prevent them.

A lot of the most common illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart conditions can be prevented and minimised from basic lifestyle choices.

Eat and drink the right stuff & Exercise 

If we can choose better foods to put into our body, it provides us with more energy, which in turn makes us healthier, happier and more successful.

I know that processed food and those chocolate bars are very addictive and are much more tempting than that salad or vegetables. However, if we want better health, more success and to be happier these are daily decisions that will make a big difference. (read the post about eating as much as you want)

Exercise can be annoying and time-consuming. However, a small amount of exercise each day can prevent some horrible conditions and injuries in later life (see this post all about making systems to see an easy way to exercise).


Lower back pain is one of the most common injuries in our society; sitting for large parts of the day plays a major role in this.

Humans natural resting position is a perfect squat (heels on the floor). However, due to the invention of a chair, we rarely do this anymore and certainly wouldn’t pick something up off the floor in the position; we bend over.

If you’ve ever watched a child making sand castles… or ever been to New Dehli and seen how the locals eat their lunch at the side of the road (no joke!) you will know what I mean (watch the TED talk below and skip to around 7 minutes in)

Live in the moment

When we live in the moment we are much happier. If we are living looking at our phones or thinking about something else all the time we never really enjoy anything. It’s great to have a good imagination and have something to look forward to (see the big 5 happiness post).

If we don’t learn to enjoy the “Now” we will never enjoy anything. There is never a past or a future; when you ate that sandwich 10 minutes ago it was the “Now” and when you go on your holiday next week that will be the “Now” (apologies for stealing some Eckhart Tolle words!)

The big secret to health, success and happiness


Everything we do is a habit. We can use our willpower temporarily to do something but everything we do in the day from how we wake up, to how we brush our teeth, to how we walk is a habit. Remember the magic number of days to create a habit is 66 days in a row (see this post for more).



The Happy Guide is an amazing book. It uses Michael Kinnaird’s personal experience and his 13-year struggle to create an eye-opening and easy to follow guide to find more health and happiness in everyone’s life.

We would highly recommend this book and it’s amazing that he is giving away this book for FREE as we do think this could change people’s lives in an amazing way!!

If you’d like to receive a free copy of this e-book then please comment below with your email address and the first few will receive a FREE copy.






We are Sarah and Mike Beatty, an international teaching couple, aged 29, from England. Since mid-2015 we have got married, moved to a new continent, started a business and visited over 10 countries.

So far, on our journey, we have realised the importance of continually being willing to change for the better. This is the reason for our business name “Kaizen”, which is a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement. 

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18 thoughts on “Happy guide- review and book give away

  1. I am very much a fan of not taking a pill for every ill. I agree with you – a lot of illness could be prevented or cured by eating the right foods and exercising. Keep telling people! 🙂

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    1. Just gotta keep doing our bit Laurie!! It’s hard to tell if it’s just because I’m more aware of it and bring it up, but people seem to be more aware of better food choices and the amount of processed food (plus better options in restaurants!!)

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    1. Yeah it’s almost like the doctor feels they need to do something and patients expect to get something every time they visit the doctor.

      It’s a shame there isn’t more talk about lifestyle choices and programs to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle to avoid gobbling a load of pills.

      It’s a great book Mark I’ll make sure it gets forwarded on 👍

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  2. This was great advice. I try to do a lot of these things already, but I can certainly tell when I’m not as happy and energetic as I normally am that something needs to be adjusted.

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  3. Hi both, always interested to read your latest blogs! Loving the 6 changes recommended for a happier life….see you both soon! Aimee & Carl x

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