I received the most charming book!
Karen Salmansohn’s fabulous new journal, Instant Happy Journal, is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. Its subtitle is “365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy.” More than just an empty book with pages to be filled, it’s designed to actually enable its writers to, as the old song goes, “accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”
And how, actually, does Salmansohn do this? She has created a journal with a blank page for each day of the year. But, the pages aren’t completely blank. Instead, each one has what the author calls “happiness prompters.” It’s a wide variety of quotes, lists, thoughts, and information that will cause the user to stop and think, and to purposely call to mind things about each day that are good. Or happy. Or joyful.
In the journal’s foreword, Salmansohn mentions a study done at the University of California. Study participants were divided into three groups, and given three different assignments. The first group was to write once weekly about 5 good things they were thankful for. Members of the second group wrote 5 irritating things that had happened in their days. The third simply wrote down five random things that had occurred.
Overwhelmingly, the first group (the ones who wrote things they were thankful for) noted that they were happier and that they looked forward more to good things in their futures. Perhaps most surprisingly, they experienced more improvement in their health!
I was particularly interested in this book because I can see that it is and will be a very useful tool for me. I’ve always been a pretty positive person. But, difficult struggles in the past few years have really had an affect on my outlook. I would love to be more grateful and more thankful for the blessings I have. What a cool way to record these…at night after the day’s events, or in the morning as I recall the neat things of yesterday. And then, there’s a wonderful record of all those very good things, any time I might need a lift!
Karen Salmansohn’s Instant Happy Journal is beautiful to look at, full of amazing prompts for your writing, and is, I think, something that will enable users to think about GOOD things. It’s a joy!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.