Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Book Review: "Instant Happy Journal" (Karen Salmansohn)

Weird is the new awesome.

Re-frame: make a mistake into an opportunity.

When everyone else is a jerk, stay courteous. Let the other person be a jerk.

If any of those lines resonates with you, or inspires you to creativity or list-making or poeming or writing or anything else, then I urge you to pick up a copy of the Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy, by Karen Salmansohn.

Maybe you won't walk away from an encounter with the book "instantly happy," but I certainly put it down feeling a lot better about myself on more than one occasion. There's something about writing, long-hand, that makes you verbose, even positively poetic, as you plumb the depths of your unconscious and subconscious minds and get something down on paper.

And the prompts, which include quotes, words of the day, questions, and uplifting lines of encouragement and support, really lend themselves to applying a few minutes of your time to their suggestions.

After all, who couldn't stand to take five or ten minutes to list three things you like about yourself? (Have you really considered it?)

Or to write a letter to an ex who left you especially hurt? (What have you always wanted to say?)

Writing is therapeutic and enlightening. It can be artistic, imaginative, purposeful, exploratory, or inventive.

And if the reward is to get some of the clutter out of your head and onto a blank page where it can't stifle you any longer, so much the better.

Journaling, too, is becoming a bigger and bigger phenomenon, right up the same line as adult coloring books. It's an outlet that doesn't so much force you to think as it does invite you to exist, and to make a note of your existence, on whatever plane you prefer.

I, for one, have decided to buy spiral-bound notebooks in which to answer the daily writing prompts in the Instant Happy Journal so I can continue to use and reuse the book for years to come.

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Author: Karen Salmansohn
Title: Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-1-60774-824-3
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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