Happiness; in life we all strive to be happy, but for most people this is a hard thing to achieve.
Lana Grace Riva the author of Happier Thinking got in touch with me to see if I would like to read and review her book, I am always happy to review books so I jumped at the chance. Happier Thinking is a short nonfiction book about trying to change your negative thoughts into positive. Lana talks about some of the coping mechanisms that helped her change her way of thinking.
Straight away from the start she states that she is not a professional, but these mechanisms are some of the things that have helped her. Its a very short book as its only just over 50 pages long.
One of the main things I liked about the book, was the conversational tone that the book was written in, the writing came off the page as if she was talking to you. Also as I am someone who suffers from mental health issues and have read some books to help, I loved how this book wasn’t highly scientific, and just got straight to the point.
Each chapter starts as a suggestion to follow, to help turn the negative into a positive, she gives you a scene, and then gives you some ideas on how to change your thought process. As I have been to therapy courses, some of these things I already knew about, but it was interesting to have scenes to help give you some ideas on what to do.
One of the main quotes that stuck out to me was:
“Happier thinking involves opening your awareness up to noticing good things at all times.”
This really stuck with me because people, myself included, tend to just focus on the negative (Waitress the musical feels), and all the good moments in our life will just pass us by if we don’t stop to take notice. The other thing that I took from this book is that you should question your thoughts, you should ask, why am I feeling this?, why do I think this?.
I honestly think that this is an easy read and good if you need to have a new outlook on how to change your thought process. Her writing was easy to understand and she didn’t make the book boring, because we all know that some self help books can just ramble on and be so boring that, it just makes reading them a chore. On Goodreads I gave this 3.75 stars, I am interested to see what else the author will write.
Goodreads link to the book.
If you would like to get a copy here is the link to Amazon.