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365 DAYS OF HAPPINESS: BECAUSE HAPPINESS IS A PIECE OF CAKE!, BY JACQUELINE PIRTLE
Nonfiction: Self-Help. Self-published: February 28, 2018. 385 pp.
Do you have fun with your own life? How often do you really pay attention and choose things to improve your day? In 365 Days of Happiness, author, energy healer, and mindfulness teacher Jacqueline Pirtle has created daily inspirations that help you mindfully work toward living a more vivid experience of daily happiness. Showing that you can put in work to change your life while having fun, the practices are full of whimsy and delight. Jacqueline decided to spend every day of 2017 devoted to her own happiness. She wrote every single day about the things she does to honor her joy, and used these writings to create this 365 day step-by-step guide, so she could teach you how to shift to BE and live in a "high for life" frequency of happiness too -- no matter where you are at in your life right now. She started writing these for herself, but has a little sneaky intent to touch your heart every day and initiate new learning, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom for you to get closer to your true, authentic, happy self. Through light, bubbly, cheerful passages, each day teaches you to find happiness, use those sour lemons, and shift yourself into a "high for life" frequency where you can reach happiness anywhere at any time.
I didn't really like the book. I found the repetition trite while reading through it, and the tone and volume of the writing too loud too often. There was no flow through the book, no action-based application for someone looking at how to better themselves. There was no build on previous days' application, no development throughout the year. I'm not denying this worked for Ms. Pirtle, and I'm very glad that it did work for her and has worked for some others. But if I've learned anything about happiness I've learned this: Happiness is not always a "high for life." At times it's quiet contentedness; at times it's fond remembrance; at times it's forward anticipation. Pirtle doesn't seem to address any of these other characteristics of happiness in her book. I applaud her technique of writing a bit each day as she works through her own personal development toward happiness, but once the book was written I feel she should have spent more time working with the content to develop a cohesive book rather than a collection of musings.
ABOUT JACQUELINE PIRTLE
Jacqueline Pirtle, a.k.a FreakyHealer, has been leading life-changing workshops, talks, and private sessions since 2006. Her passion for "sprinkling happiness" and being "high on life" shines through in all of her work as an energy healer and mindfulness teacher. She was born in Switzerland, but has lived everywhere. She now makes her home in the United States with her wonderful husband, amazing kid, and sweet cats, and can often be found having a little chat with a falling leaf, or indulging in a cupcake at her favorite bakery.