“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us but what we do.” Jane Austen

In case you would like to find out more about some of the organisations and projects we talk about here at Staircase 9 17, we’ve added some resources below.


Donate and support

Action for Happiness

Book Aid

British Heart Foundation Furniture Shops

Cancer Research UK

Chawton House Library



Habitat for Humanity: ReStore 

International Day of Happiness

Oxfam America

Oxfam UK Online Bookshop

The National Trust

Salvation Army USA


Charity Miles

The Good Gym

Give while you search or play



Free Rice

Learn and be inspired



How to Raise Happy Kids

So You Want to Start a Lemonade Stand!

TED Talks

Zero Waste Week


Alzheimer’s Society

The Big Butterfly Count UK

Buffalo String Works

Dementia Friends UK

Dementia Friends USA

Helpful Peeps


The Silver Line


A Room with a View, by E. M. Forster

Asterix the Gladiator, by Goscinny and Uderzo

Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope

Black Sheep, by Georgette Heyer

The Christmas Chronicles, by Nigel Slater

The Cicero Trilogy, by Robert Harris

Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons

The Compleet Molesworth, by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle

The Doctor’s Kitchen, by Dr Rupy Aujla

The Duke’s Children, by Anthony Trollope

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R Tolkien

The Patience of the Spider, by Andrea Camilleri

Selected Poems, by Dylan Thomas

Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne


Bring me sunshine, by Morecombe and Wise

Happy, by Pharell Williams

I wish I knew how it would feel to be free, by Nina Simone

Blogs we like

Gretchen Rubin


Miranda’s Notebook

Positive News

Old Salt Farm