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What People Are Saying:

'A book imbued with huge amounts of wisdom and personal honesty? It's such a rare find, and for me made The Impossible Question of Living Well a richly worthwhile reading experience. I learned much from Helen Street's words.'

John Marsden, international best-selling author of the Tomorrow series and Ellie chronicles. Internationally acclaimed educator.

In life, everything changes. In this engaging book, Dr. Helen Street offers gems of wisdom on living with impermanence in all its forms: growth, change, loss, recovery, and growth again. Derived from her personal experiences, her Buddhist practice, and her scholarly work, these chapters go straight from the author’s heart to the reader’s, with gifts that are many and deep.

Professor Richard Ryan, Co-Founder of Self-Determination Theory. Professor - Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, Sydney

If you are a human, this book is for you. The Impossible Question of Living Well challenges us to consider how the difficult times in our lives, despite their discomfort, are an essential part of living a whole life. Helen’s candour and wisdom guides us on how we can learn to live with more ease, more acceptance, and greater connection. Intertwining wellbeing science with eastern philosophy, Helen’s new book is one I will return to over and over again for its relevance to my personal and professional life. Thank you, Helen, for writing this book, for your honest stories of your life, for describing the lessons you’ve learnt along the way, and for sharing why both the highs and the lows in life are synonymous with the human experience.

Janis Coffey MAICD, Board Chair - Montessori Schools & Centres Australia (MSCA). Principal, North-Eastern Montessori School, Victoria, Australia

"Helen has captured many of the elements of how to live a good life. Consider her your incredibly knowledgeable guide into using scientific insights to improve your own life."

Professor Todd B. Kashdan, author of ‘The Upside of Your Dark Side’ and ‘The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively’

In this timely and thought-provoking book, Helen Street provides a personal and philosophical reflection on the pursuit of a balanced and meaningful life, acknowledging the inevitability of both positive and negative experiences. She emphasizes the importance of embracing the full spectrum of emotions and the transient nature of life. She delves into the challenges of navigating change, the power of negative emotions, and the concept of impermanence. She beautifully shares her own journey into Zen Buddhism and the integration of eastern philosophy with western social psychology to develop a synergic view of wellbeing. With her trademark sensitivity and compassion, Helen asks her readers to move away from the pursuit of a perpetually happy life and instead urges them to focus on deeply connecting to all aspects of life while accepting the constant nature of change. I loved it.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, child and adolescent psychologist, ‘successful author, speaker, broadcaster and mental health advocate

This important and educative book presents a personal journey through numerous relational contexts where every changing and challenging life moment has been recognised, mined and acknowledged in a pivotal relational context with self, others and place. Helen has honestly portrayed her journey as a female, a partner, a mother, a social scientist and a teacher to lead others to a reality so crucial for wellbeing and for establishing meaning in life. We grow resilient relationally through better comprehending and appreciating life’s contexts encountered. I find this book to be up with the best.

John Hendry OAM, educator and wellbeing advocate, acclaimed internationally for supporting relational approaches to wellbeing