Title: The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World
Author: Alli Worthington
Genre: Nonfiction – Self-help, Devotional
Number of Pages: 230
(From the Back Cover) Overcome the common misconception that happiness and holiness can’t coexist. With wisdom and encouragement, this guide offers both practical and insightful ways to make your life happier day by day. Don’t miss out on the grand and beautiful adventure God already has waiting for you. Let this be The Year of Living Happy!
I appreciated the author’s bright and chipper tone in this book. The words are light and encouraging. This book is basically a devotional, even though it’s categorized as self-help. Each devotion includes a prompt for journaling or reflection.
In the introductory note, the author says that the book offers advice from modern research and this made me think it would include a good amount of brain science. While it does include some, scientific research was actually a very small part of the book. Outside sources are cited only 18 times, and the book doesn’t go into too much detail about each one.
There were a few devotions that I really enjoyed. I liked the one about assuming the best of others. The author talks about how, in the early years of her marriage, she would assume that when her husband didn’t see that she needed help around the house, it meant he didn’t love her. She reminds readers that just because someone doesn’t do something that seems glaringly obvious to us, it doesn’t mean they don’t love us.
Another entry talked about how short our memories are when it comes to remembering good things in our lives. And another devotion reminded me that the best way to overcome negative experiences is to keep filling ourselves with good experiences to help wash out the bad.
Overall, the book was mildly helpful to me. I think anyone who loves to read devotionals will enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.