Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstands by Tamara LevittHappiness Doesn't Come from Headstands by Tamara Levitt

Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstands

byTamara Levitt

Paper over Board | April 4, 2017

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Trying—and failing—can be a path to happiness too. 

Leela loves to do yoga. She could do all sorts of poses, but there was one pose she couldn’t do. Every time Leela tried to do a headstand…KERPLUNK!

This book explores the themes of acceptance, resilience, and self-compassion and offers the message that just because we may experience a failure does not mean that we are a failure. Written as a counterpoint to the message of The Little Engine that Could, Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands is a story about a girl who tries her best, but still falls down. Through the process she learns that happiness is not determined by external achievement. Through accepting our limitations and celebrating our efforts, even in the face of failure, peace can be found.
Tamara Levitt is an author, producer, speaker, and mindfulness educator. She works as head of content at Calm, the mindfulness meditation app. She leads the creative strategy for Calm's content library and oversees production of the company's original content offering. Tamara writes, produces, and narrates Calm's mindfulness meditation...
Title:Happiness Doesn't Come from HeadstandsFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:38 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.4 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Wisdom PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1614294054

ISBN - 13:9781614294054

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Believing in Yourself! Leela loves yoga and is good at sports but cannot master a handstand. When Lyle reminds her of all the fun she has throughout the year she realizes what makes her happy. Filled with cute drawings, this encouraging book for readers’ ages four to eight is about accepting failure, counting on friends and enjoying life.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes you can! Being positive brings well-being to you. "Leela loved to do yoga." Thus starts the charming tale of a little girl's passion for something she dearly loves to do. She practices with her best friend Lyle and both have perfected many fancy poses such as downward dog, the tree pose, and the cat pose ... but when it comes to one particular pose Leela is a complete failure. She is unable to do a headstand. No matter how much she practices or how hard she tries she fails. She always goes... KERPLUNK!!!!!! She becomes obsessed with trying to master it and her daily mantra is "I CAN'T DO IT!' Others around her seem to grasp and succeed how to but sadly Leela just cannot. Loyal Lyle tries to help his friend and reminds her of all the things that she excels at such as: ice skating, singing beautifully and drawing perfect stars in the sand. Sadly when Leela gets home and is alone in her bed all she can focus on are the things she can't do such as: rollerskate, skydive, her headstands and bake a cake. Oh my, Leela feels like a complete failure and is extremely unhappy with herself. She thinks that if only she can perform that perfect headstand she will finally reach nirvana. Leela decides she can't wait for headstand happiness so what do you think she engages in to lift her spirits and begin smiling and enjoying life once again? She decides to throw herself into life which frees her mind to focus on positive and fun things around her. Can she do it? Is she able to overcome all that negative thinking inside her mind and heart? Can happiness be hers once again, headstands or no headstands? This inspiring book will give you hope and encourage you to dwell on all the wonderful gifts and talents that you do have and not obsess with those you wish you had or can't obtain... yet!
Date published: 2016-11-25

Editorial Reviews

“An artfully crafted and inspiring tale. I wish this charming book had been around when I was younger. Simply told and illustrated with inspired whimsy, the story has ring of truth to it that will appeal to readers young and old. I look forward to Leela’s next journey…”