Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Instant HAPPY Journal

Instant Happy Journal by Karen Salmansohn
I haven't always been a glass-half-full type of person. In fact, I'd say the majority of my 50+ years have been just the opposite. It's only been in the last few years that I've switched on the Happy Meter. I now am always on the search for creating happiness and surrounding myself with positive people in positive situations. It ain't always easy, I tell ya!

So, I found this book....the one pictured above to help me focus my thoughts on what makes me happy, what causes happiness in others, and also rid myself of the nasty negatives that swirl through my brain. Kick them to the curb! There is no room in my head for such things!

As you may know/remember, I spent my teaching years supporting the Language Arts, which included journal writing. I had files and files of journal starters for my students and made them promise each year that they would keep their journals for eternity. I even had them stand on their chairs with their right hands up as they pledged to keep them in a dry, safe place for 100 years. Wouldn't you just love to have your hands on a journal that you wrote when you were 10 years old? Oh, man, I'd do a triple back flip for that...if I had written one. It would make good reading for me as I lay in the hospital bed with my broken bones from that failed back flip.

Anyhoo, I have had some very good journal writing with this book. It's put a lot of thoughts and events into perspective for me. I keep it on my bed stand so I can flip open to a page randomly and write. Sometimes, I skip to another random page...just cuz I can do that and I don't have a teacher hovering over me.

Some of my favorite entries:
  • You can't control how some people will treat you or what they'll say. But you can control how you respond.
  • Surround yourself with people who clearly love your light and want to add to it.
  • Turn your TO DO list into a WHAT MATTERS MOST list. What's on it?
  • Take a few minutes to breathe. Then listen. What do you need to pay more attention to in your life right now?
  • You should eat like you love yourself. Have you been eating self-loving foods?
  • Write a letter to a specific painful failure, thanking it, then sending the pain away.
Each page has a line to fill in the date, has at least 10 lines to write on and is so colorful and happy! The author, Karen Salmansohn, wrote a 5 star book, in my opinion. The pages have different borders and graphics and is just a great book. Plus, it's small enough to stick in your purse or tote when on the go, so you can write when the feeling presents itself. If you're looking for someone who would like this as a gift (or for yourself!), I found it on Amazon for $10.89. Here's the Amazon link: Instant Happy Journal  *Not an affiliate link and no one is paying me to send you there! I just like good deals.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."


  1. SO ordering this book!! I tend toward happy, have always been that way. My husband on the other hand. . . :) I'll just leave it laying around ;)

  2. Kathy, all of us could use a Happy Journal at various points in our lives. I like reading the points you brought up - they are good food for thought. My kids each have a little journal they did in 2nd grade and they love re-reading them. Have you ever thought about keeping a humor journal? You have a great way of saying things and often make me laugh.