365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle

★★★★★  We could all use more reminders that life is meant to be enjoyed, right? In her daily devotional entitled ‘365 Days of Happiness,’ Jacqueline Pirtle shows readers how they can take just a few moments out of their routine to completely change their perspective. Happiness is fleeting, acknowledges Pirtle, which means we need to constantly refocus ourselves and make sure that we are making room for positive energy and experiences while getting rid of the negative. She highlights one task each day that will help people to better channel happiness, ranging from visualization exercises, to list-making, to simply practicing gratitude for the good things we have in life.

Pirtle’s joy for life is clearly evident here, and it makes readers want to follow her advice. If the author has such a healthy outlook, then doesn’t it mean that we should take a literal page out of her book and try it for ourselves? The thing about self-help texts like this one is that much of the material they contain is all advice we’ve heard before—but for one reason or another, we have chosen to ignore it. Pirtle sifts through the practical and the impractical to gather together only the most manageable techniques for channeling happiness. Her advice also seems tailor-made to encourage readers to slow down and appreciate the small beautiful moments that occur around us every day. Nothing pure or perfect can stay with us forever, but that makes the art of seeking positivity all the more important.

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