#1 Send a friend one of your favourite books.

Confession: I’m a self-professed “self-help” book addict. 

After a particular gnarly breakup two years ago, I began my relentless pursuit of researching everything I could on happiness. What is happiness? How do I hang onto it? How do I make more of it? Why am I so goddamn heartbroken over this asshole?

Decked out in dark sunglasses and a hat, I would prowl the Indigo aisles, hoping nobody would notice me as I nervously perused the “Chicken Soup” section of the store.

But then, as I poured over mountains of books, blogs and research, I realized that the study of happiness actually had a legitimate name: positive psychology. And there were really smart people devoting their lives to this branch of psychology – backed up by real studies! Real data!

I now wave my self-help book flag loud and proud; no longer hiding my small army of feel-good titles behind more impressive ones in my bookcase. These books have had a profound impact on my life in so many ways. There is nothing embarrassing about reading about others’ experiences of self growth.

Every time I’m reading a new gem, I’m immediately thinking about which one of my friends would benefit from it. One of my all-time favourites (if not ultimate fav) is Neil Pasricha’s “The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything.” Hands down one of the best written and entertaining reads on happiness out there.

One of my friends, Mr. P, has been going through a particularly rough time as of late. He’s been trying to figure out what to do his life, whilst juggling insane family pressure and trying to navigate the perils of modern dating (#tinderhell).

There are times I’m not sure how to help him – not able to find the words to let him know that shit’s going to be okay. I feel helpless when he was always able to so effortlessly make me feel safe during my worst days.

Maybe this book will provide some guidance like it did for me; or maybe he’ll hide it in his bookshelf. Who knows?

Either way, here it goes. My official launch to my 365 Days of Kindness Project.

Total Cost: $21
(Easiest $20 I’ve ever spent.)

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11 Comments

  1. This is a great idea for a project and I can’t wait to read it each day! Maybe this can help inspire others to be more kind. I just recently finished “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh and he briefly goes into positive psychology. If you are into the self-help type of books, I would recommend “Living Forward” by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. It’s a great book about helping set your priorities. I’ve had “The Happiness Equation” on my Audible wish list and am looking forward to listening to that.

    • Thanks, Geoffrey!

      I am definitely into those types of books – I’ve scribbled down those titles and will download onto my kindle. I have a hard time setting priorities; so many competing ones in this tangled brain of mine.

      I really think you will enjoy “The Happiness Equation” he has such a refreshing writing style and breaks it up into really short paragraphs.

      Let me know what you think when you have a chance to read it! 🙂

      • I’m listening to “Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit” right now, but “The Happiness Equation” will be up next. I’ll definitely let you know what I think 🙂

  2. What a wonderful project! I wish you luck with all of it. I think you’ve got a great handle on things and I really hope you find what you need to most. I certainly agree that there is nothing embarrassing about reading others’ experiences of self-growth. What is life worth if we don’t connect with others? I will be following your adventures most keenly!

    • Thanks, Tania! I’m glad you like the idea.

      It’s nice to hear someone say it seems like I have a handle on things – haha. Very refreshing.

  3. I liked your line that asked why you are so heartbroken over an asshole! It grabbed my attention and made me smile with its honesty.

    • Thank you, Aaron. I don’t plan on it. Just getting started!

  4. I love your blog name! 🙂 Great post!
    I read somewhere that over the last decade, there’s been an upward trend on searching for a life of happiness but the more important goal is to “Live a meaningful Life”.

    Looking forward to your future blog posts.
    Just gave you a “follow”. Please feel free to check out my blog.

    Carpe diem!
    Live ❤ Laugh … Belle Papillon

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