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It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…

How can you feel more connected, alive and excited by life? Wake up and read on, writes Suzy Bashford

Chris Baréz-Brown, the author of Wake Up!, has been writing a column for Psychologies for the last year, setting us weekly wake-up experiments, inspired by the people that he’s met over the years who have had the greatest energy and zest for life.

‘The experiments uncover the mystery of why some people have a twinkle in their eye, a smile on their face and a sense that anything is possible,’ he says. ‘It drags us out of autopilot, where we’re estimated to spend about 80 per cent of our lives, and helps us feel more connected, creative, happy and engaged.’

We invited a handful of our readers to work with Chris and blog for a year, with astonishing results: 96 per cent of them felt happier doing something differently in as little as 10 minutes a day. Here, they give us their most life-changing experiments – to inspire you to create your own.

Chris’s book, ‘Wake Up!’, is available from 1 December (Penguin Life, £9.99; Kindle, £6.49). The wake-up app is available via the AppleStore and Google Play. He’s also running wake-up workshops. For more information, see

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