If you had the chance at 365 days of happiness, would you take it? A whole year of feeling great?
Well, the truth is, we all have that power. There are ways and means of bringing a bit of joy into your life every single day.
This is something I’ve been working on, and what Jacqueline Pirtle did every day in 2017. Luckily for us, she documented the whole thing. Through her book, we can be involved in her journey and, hopefully, follow her lead.
I’m dipping my toes into the world of book blogging for today’s post to bring you a review of 365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle. Given that I’m on my own mission is to bring happiness into people’s lives, it seems like a natural fit to review this. So, yes, I received this for free, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jacqueline was born in Switzerland, but now lives in America. She has been changing lives since 2006, when she began investing her time in leading workshops and private sessions to encourage others to live their best life.
I knew we were on a similar wavelength when I read she has cats and likes to occasionally indulge in a cupcake from her favourite bakery! Throw in her infectious determination to lead a happy life, and I felt like we were more or less twins. I mean, a woman after my own heart, or what?
I’m going to quickly get some points out of the way before I tell you why I enjoyed it. There is a lot of talk about “energy” in this book. Having not read anything like this before, I found it a little strange at first. This is purely from a personal experience standpoint, but the discussion of energy does make sense in the context of Jacqueline’s background and career.
As well as that, some sentences appear several times. This makes it repetitive. That said, you should read a page every morning – not all in one go. Due to the fact I was intending to review it before Blogmas begins, I read it in chunks which is probably why I picked up on it. The idea is to take some time out of your day to consciously think of good things. It would be less noticeable if it was spaced out in such a way.
Don’t let it put you off! Neither of those things detract too much from the overall feel good factor. The point of this book is to highlight small ways to bring happiness into your life. It completely delivers on that front.
An example of this is above, on one of my favourite pages. Who doesn’t want a reminder that they’re a strong, confident and powerful warrior? I know I definitely need that once in a while, particularly at this time of year. Winter inevitably brings around some blues and I often find myself struggling.
Jacqueline doesn’t just make a statement. She provides useful tips to help you believe those things, and I love that. She recommends visualising doing something which makes you feel strong or actually getting out there and doing it if you are able.
Several pages begin with “imagine” to create an immersive experience. Jacqueline immediately sets the scene – you just need to allow yourself to be in it.
On multiple occasions while reading, I felt empowered and ready to take on anything! I definitely felt like it encouraged me to hone in on good feelings. There was one day when it was particularly rainy and miserable outside. My mood was flat and I didn’t want to do anything. So, I grabbed this, read a few pages and it gave me the little boost I needed.
Each day is a short passage, so it can easily squeeze into a morning routine for a blast of positivity before your day begins.
For me, what shines through in this book is Jacqueline’s genuine desire to make others have a more fulfilled life. While it’s based on her own experiences, and they are referenced along the way, it is very much focused on the reader.
If you need any more proof it’s worth picking up, even Juno couldn’t resist sticking her nose in.