365 Days of Happiness: Because Happiness is a Piece of Cake by Jacqueline Pirtle is the bedside table daily reader we all need in our lives.
Jacqueline Pirtle is a self-proclaimed happiness coach who has been leading workshops, talks and private sessions for the last decade. On her mission to continually study the field of happiness, she spent 2017 focusing on her happiness. She journaled everything she did during her journey and compiled this experience into 365 short and sweet daily exercises. The premise of these guided practices is that happiness is a mindset or muscle. A moment-to-moment feeling we’re all searching for. Pirtle’s exercises provide everyday opportunities for visualization and reflection that make finding happiness easier.
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365 Days of Happiness: Because Happiness is a Piece of Cake by Jacqueline Pirtle
Published by: Freakyhealer
Publication Date: March 1st, 2018
Genre: Non-Fiction; Mental Health
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 towards 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.
Synopsis retrieved from Goodreads.com
MY THOUGHTS ON 365 DAYS OF HAPPINESS BY JACQUELINE PIRTLE
I want to make note that I’ve only read 31 of the 365 days since I want to enjoy this as it’s meant to be read – as a daily guide. It’s become part of my morning routine, in addition to my coffee and journaling. Each guide is a single page, which makes it a quick exercise you can do in the morning, evening, on break or whenever works best for you. I prefer the mornings because it shifts my mindset to happiness for the rest of the day.
Visualization and Reflection
As I mentioned earlier, the premise of 365 Days of Happiness is to target your mindset and work your happiness muscle. Pirtle accomplishes this through visualizing exercises and reflection questions.
Many of the guides ask you to use your imagination or to focus on your senses. One of my favorite days was Day 6 when you imagine yourself as a bird free to fly wherever it wants. By imagining yourself as a bird, Pirtle is instilling in your mindset that you are free to do, feel and be whoever you want. Another day that stood out to me was Day 31 when you imagine yourself at the top of a mountain shouting “I AM ALIVE”! Just visualizing these experiences, even though you’ve never done them, has a HUGE impact on your thinking, confidence, and happiness.
It’s not all imagination based though. Many of the guides ask questions that cause you to reflect on your feelings and being. One such exercise that really stood out to me was Day 25. In this exercise you imagine yourself going through life at top speed until you notice a colorful bird. Pirtle begs the question, do you slow down your goals to marvel at this moment in time? Or, do you continue to focus on your goals and ignore the bird? The point she hopes you come to with reflection is that goals are important, but you need room in your life for spontaneity and happiness. Love it!
“High For Life” Energy
Jacqueline Pirtle’s goal with each exercise is for you to find that “high for life” energy that she found in 2017. She describes it as being healthy (physically and mentally), experiencing clarity, everything seems to go right and life becomes magical.
You might have heard this being described in other publications as operating at a high frequency. What I like about Pirtle though is she doesn’t use the same language as all the other self-help writers. Her experience is her own and it reflects in her writing.
Light, Bubbly and Cheerful
Just as her experience is reflected in her writing, her personality shines through as well. Jacqueline Pirtle’s voice in her step-by-step guide is light, bubbly and cheerful. She writes with an extremely positive vibe, which makes sense since she often explains how our attitudes rub off on other people around us. We’re all connected on different frequencies and Pirtle is at a high frequency.
I gave 365 Days of Happiness 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I love books focused on personal growth, mental health and self-help and was so happy to receive a complimentary copy of this book. The layout of the sections as 365 daily guided reads is different from any other book I have picked up. With today’s emphasis on self-care and morning routines, this fits in perfectly with mine. While not every day resonated with me, many of them did and I am so grateful for it.
WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE YOUR OWN COPY
You can currently find the book on Amazon.