Happy Every Day: Simple, Effective Ways to Better Days is a new book by Bryan Hutchinson. I’m not a huge fan of ‘how to be happy’ books, with the exception of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness (essential reading for parents).
Many of these types of books re-hash old concepts and get a bit fluffy, with little science, statistics or evidence (yes, I’m a nerd) and no real ‘light bulb moments’.
Nevertheless, I received a free review copy of this book (thanks to Story Cartel) and decided to give it a try, not least of all because there is a foreword by Jeff Goins, who I respect because he’s a great writer and a guy who seems to have integrity and class (follow his blog here, or check out some of his books).
Happy Every Day is well-written and entertaining. If you’ve read other self-help books (particularly those focused on creativity and productivity) you will recognize some old ideas. In the author’s defense there are some universal truths when it comes to being happy, creative and productive, and it’s hard to write a book on this topic without touching on them.
You’ll also probably come across some new ideas, and maybe even a couple of those elusive light bulb moments.
First, the book description:
Happy Every Day
26 simple, realistic and actionable strategies to help you become happier and live with more passion and satisfaction.
It's too easy to give in to the daily grind and become filled with stress and anxiety, and then become creatively blocked, unproductive and unhappy. But when you take a few specifically designed moments each day for yourself you can re-energize your enthusiasm, motivation, and passion.
When you're happy you are naturally more productive and creative.
If you are like most people, then you are conditioned to wait for the next shoe to drop. It's not your fault, and there's no one to blame. It's just the way it is and there's nothing you can do about it. Or is there?
These strategies will help you recognize and transform your thinking into a positive mindset that has you excited to start each day and live your passion to the fullest. Light, easy-to-digest tips will guide you to happiness not just today, but every day, followed up by optional journaling suggestions.
You deserve to be happy.
Here are a few quotes I liked:
This is a variation on the old idea that anyone can be an overnight success after 20 years of hard work. But I like the way the author expresses it. There is always one set moment when we hear about someone amazing and it feels like they came from nowhere. Where they probably came from is years of working hard, putting in their 10,000 hours.
The more we admire, respect or relate to this 'new' person we just heard of, the more we look into their background. It can seem like they've achieved so much, yet we're just starting to hear about them. What that may mean is that they've been toiling away in obscurity for a long time, racking up unrecognized or uncelebrated achievements, working towards this sudden overnight success.
We’ve all had these days. We really need to know that everyone else has too. In one of my very first jobs I warmed to my boss when I heard her say something like “I think I’ve just had one of the worst days of my career - so far.” It made her seem so much less intimidating and encouraged me to take a few risks, and not be too terrified of making a mistake, knowing that we all have days when things just don’t work out. And sometimes they fail to work out on an epic scale.
I hear so much on the web these days about how we should all be making a living doing what we’re passionate about. I’ve heard it said by everyone from the big blogging gurus right down to… Well, me.
It’s great if you can create an income doing something you’re passionate about, but it’s important to remember that you certainly shouldn’t give up on your passions just because they’re doing nothing but make you happy. That’s what passions are for.
Read reviews of Happy Every Day, and grab a sample chapter here.
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