4 out of 4 stars
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Happiness Now! A Guided Journey by Sonia Weyers is a self-help book of around 250 pages. The author's aim is to help you to find the motivation and activities to improve your life and, thus, be happier. There are three parts to the book, each with interactive elements to personalize the given principles.
In part one, Ms. Weyers helps the reader to figure out why they want to change. In the second part, the author helps us to find what we might want to change, exploring potential focus points. For the last part, we are given specific tools to "try on." It is then that we will be able to determine what is most successful for us.
The author covers all aspects of our well-being including physical, emotional, and spiritual. I especially enjoyed the tips on organic produce, as the author lets us know which fruits and vegetables we should spend the extra money on to buy organic. In the spiritual realm, Ms. Weyers explores concepts that can be adapted even for someone who is devoutly religious. Similarly, the book is apolitical, even when the author mentions Trump. This broadens her readership to include the majority of readers.
What I most appreciated about this journey is that the author doesn't simply provide tips or tricks for the reader. Rather, she walks us through how to use them with guided exercises. In fact, there is an activity booklet available for download which can be used to journal throughout the process. Too many self-help books provide only stories of change, reasons to change, or how to change without actually enabling the reader in their personal lives; this book is different.
Furthermore, Ms. Weyers offers resources to continue the process of happier, healthier living. From a Facebook group to books to read to websites to visit, there's something for everyone.
As far as drawbacks, there were not many. Those that are against all self-help books probably wouldn't appreciate it, even if it's atypical. Since Ms. Weyers does discuss spiritual health, if you are a staunch atheist, those sections could easily be passed on without sacrificing reading the entire book.
All in all, this is a worthwhile read; it's one that should be considered carefully and read slowly in order to grasp the concepts presented and incorporate them into daily routines. I give Happiness Now! A Guided Journey 4 out of 4 stars as I also believe it was professionally edited. I recommend it to anyone looking to improve their life, but if you are opposed to non-fiction self-help books, this wouldn't be enjoyable.
Happiness Now! A Guided Journey
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