*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author and Kelsey Butts of Book Publicity Services. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Do you have fun with your own life?
How often do you really pay attention and choose things to improve your day?
In 365 Days of Happiness, author, energy healer, and mindfulness teacher Jacqueline Pirtle has created daily inspirations that help you mindfully work towards living a more vivid experience of daily happiness. Showing that you can put in work to change your life while having fun, the practices are full of whimsy and delight.
Jacqueline decided to spend every day of 2017 devoted to her own happiness. She wrote every single day about the things she does to honor her joy, and used these writings to create this 365 day step-by-step guide, so she could teach you how to shift to BE and live in a “high for life” frequency of happiness too—no matter where you are at in your life right now. She started writing these for herself, but has a little sneaky intent to touch your heart every day and initiate new learning, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom for you to get closer to your true, authentic happy self.
Through light, bubbly, cheerful passages, each day teaches you to find happiness, use those sour lemons, and shift yourself into a “high for life” frequency where you can reach happiness anywhere at any time.
As the title states, this book is overflowing with happiness and positivity. If we lived in a cartoon, sunbeams and sparkles would pour over you every time you opened the pages!
Each section is a different affirmation or visualisation for the day, covering one for every day of a year. Some days you are asked to imagine scenarios such as washing your hair, or looking at a movie script, and others you are asked to invoke your senses to be mindful of the minute you are living in. Sometimes you are asked to repeat positive mantras to yourself, and other times you are asked to speak them aloud to animals, strangers or inanimate objects (I would recommend a modicum of caution here as this got me some funny looks when I tried it out on the bus!).
Every single section is about finding happiness. Finding happiness in yourself and in everything around you. Hence each section ends with the same words: ‘That IS happiness!’. Those familiar with self-help techniques such as mindfulness meditation and self-hypnosis will be familiar with the concept and methodology here, but for beginners this is a straightforward layperson’s way of accessing the same results.
I would definitely NOT recommend sitting down and reading this book all in one go (as I did for this review) as some of the sentiments and phrasings are inevitably repetitious – there is a limit to the number of words you can use to express joy and happiness and there are 365 entries here! However, read one-a-day over the course of a year as the author intends, it is clear that the entries build and layer, so that by day 365 you cannot help being a happier and more positive person than you were on day 1.
If you are looking for short, easy to follow, daily mind exercises to promote positive mental attitude and a healthier way of approaching life, then this book is just what you need!
Stop and look no further!
Magic is always right here: available and ready. You just have to say “YES” to it and live it. You have to be open to see, hear, taste, smell, think, and feel it in everything and everyone.
– Jacqueline Pirtle, 365 Days of Happiness
Find more from Jacqueline Pirtle at her website here, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Goodreads.
365 Days of Happiness is available on Amazon right now!