Even before the pandemic brought on a crushing wave of stress, anxiety, isolation, life change, and financial struggle, there was already a growing mental health crisis. Due to a culture that encourages perfection, hustle, and fictional life/work balance, many are burning out. Behind her Instagram-projected image of “happy wellness founder,” Poppy Jamie was also struggling mightily with perfectionism and life purpose.
She began working with mental health experts and researchers to find practical tools to overcome her inner critic and rewire her mind. She discovered that it is possible to create new neural pathways in your brain to break patterns of avoidance, challenge fears of not being good enough, and turn failure around by stretching the mind with new, healthier thought habits. The old wiring (and habits) that you’ve been stuck with can be written-over. You can actually upgrade your headspace to make curiosity, vulnerability, compassion, and emotional flexibility your default settings.
In the emphatic and trusted voice of Bridget Jones meets neuroscience, Poppy shares her Flexy Thoughts approach for changing how you react to emotional triggers and think of yourself while improving your mental and physical health, relationships, and vision of the future.
Our emotional resilience may continue to be tested, but the new perspectives and strategies in Happy Not Perfect will help us bring confidence, adaptability, and acceptance to whatever comes next.
Poppy Jamie is an entrepreneur, influencer, and rising star in the mental health and mindfulness space. She launched the Not Perfect podcast and the Happy Not Perfect app after four years of aggregating behavioral studies and developing the app with neuroscientists, researchers, and her neurotherapist mom. She has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, Refinery29, Forbes, Vogue, Bustle, Cosmo, E!, NBC News, and MTV.
“[Jamie’s] solid, commonsense advice makes this a worthy read.” – Booklist
“Readers looking for simple practices to foster healthier thinking should take a look.” – Publishers Weekly
“Poppy’s powerful approach will help you take control of your thoughts so they don’t control you.”— Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
“Jamie] details her work with mental health experts and researchers to uncover effective brain-rewiring strategies. Through her experience, you’ll glean advice on how to be more adaptable and accepting of our very uncertain world.”— mindbodygreen
“Poppy is one of my favorite voices in the world, always in pursuit of understanding, information, and empathy.”— Jameela Jamil
“A must-read if perfectionism, comparing yourself to others, and thinking you’re inadequate is taking you down. The strategies here are well thought out, practical, easy to implement, effective, and life-changing.”— Joan Rosenberg, PhD, author of 90 Seconds to a Life You Love
“[Poppy] is inspirational and makes complex problems easy to understand…She’s on speed dial when I need some words of wisdom mid-crisis!”— Suki Waterhouse
“Offers innumerable examples and practical techniques that gives us the tools necessary to be the architects of our own happiness and recognize that to be happy, one doesn’t have to be perfect.”— James R. Doty, MD, bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop
“The work that Poppy has done to normalize and celebrate the conversation around mental health has been beyond generous.”— Julianne Hough