Do you ever feel that you could be — well — just that little bit happier? Here is a step-by-step, straight-talking guide to creating happiness in your life with some surprisingly easy tips and advice. Whoever you are, whatever you do, and whatever is holding you back, you can do it AND be happy.

It tells the story of Peter Jones, a normal man who was sometimes frustrated, often dissatisfied, but always working hard towards a ‘happily ever after’ he would share with his wife Kate.

But when Kate died just two years after their marriage, he realised his days had been spent working towards a fantasy instead of making every hour count. Alone, at rock bottom, Peter discovered that the secret to happiness is simple: it’s about filling your time with the things that make you happy. If you’ve got a brain in your head, if you can pick up a pen, if you’ve got half an idea about what makes you smile, this book will show you how to do that.

Jones’ ideas are born from hard-won experience. Like Boxing Day. Originally a day Peter and Kate spent together, without plans or restrictions, as an antidote to the chaos of Christmas.

When Kate passed away, Peter continued the tradition by himself, doing whatever came to mind: it turned out to be the most refreshing, relaxing and fulfilling few hours he’d ever had. And its effects could be felt throughout the month.

Practical, amusing and free of mumbo-jumbo, How to Do Everything and be Happy does exactly what it says on the cover.

How to Do Everything and Be Happy; Peter Jones, HarperCollins India, Rs. 250

A wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practice from B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the world’s most respected yoga teachers. Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. His unique teaching style — bringing precision and clarity to the practice — as well as a mindset of ‘yoga for all’ has made yoga a worldwide phenomenon. His seminal book, Light on Yoga, is widely called ‘the Bible of yoga’ and has served as the source for generations of yoga students around the world.

In Core of the Yoga Sutras, he applies this same clarity to the philosophical core of yoga: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 196 aphorisms that form the foundational text of yoga philosophy. Each sutra is short and to the point being only a line or two long. Iyengar has translated each one, providing an insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers, as well as linking the various themes through the sutras to one another.

Each sutra is presented as Sanskrit text, transliteration and English translation, followed by Iyengar’s unique and the authority only he can bring to the work. His insights into the sutras show how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved.

Core of the Yoga Sutras: The Definitive Guide to the Philosophy of Yoga; B.K.S. Iyenger, HarperCollins India; Rs. 499.

Who doesn’t want to be smarter, think faster, have a better memory? Here’s a way to get the maximum out of your brain, no matter what your age or medical condition.

This is a book with inspiring stories and helpful medical information; one that combines inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul stories written just for this book and accessible leading-edge medical information from Harvard Medical School neurologist and instructor Dr. Marie Pasinski.

You can improve your memory, reduce your risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, stay sharp in your senior years, and enhance your mental abilities at any age.

Read how other people just like you have boosted their brain power, improved their memory and cognitive thinking, and have even come back from traumatic brain injuries in these fascinating and revealing personal stories.

Combine these with Dr. Pasinski’s practical tips and clear explanations and boost your brain functioning

Boost your Brain Power; Marie Pasinski, Westland, Rs. 295.