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Think Happy by Karen Salmansohn (A Book Review)

Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity by Karen Salmansohn
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128

Happiness expert and Oprah columnist Karen Salmansohn presents a collection of 50 inspirational inner peptalks to boost your confidence, attitude, and mood. These peptalks are different than affirmations because they’re feisty, fun and memorable–and will thereby stick in your brain like a catchy song. You’ll naturally want to keep repeating them, thereby changing your neural pathways so you’re inclined to think positive thoughts, which lead to positive habits, which lead to a positively happy life!

Whether you’re feeling stressed, need motivation, are dealing with haters, or need to turn your tale of woe into a tale of wow, THINK HAPPY’s instant peptalks and whimsical illustrations will grump-proof your brain so you can move forward with optimism, resilience, and plain ol’ fabulousness.

How you think and what you think about, over time, largely creates the circumstances of your life – including the degree to which happiness, joy, love, excitement, passion and purpose will play a major role in it.

It takes a tough person to learn to think differently.  We develop patterns of thought and habitual ways of thinking over the course of a lifetime.  The good news is we can learn to think differently and view the world with new eyes. This book is the perfect example of how to change your mindset to start thinking happy thoughts and giving yourself mini peptalks.

This book embraces the power of words and encourages you to think happy thoughts. Each section provides you with 5 things to say when you’re faced with a particular situation. For example: 5 things to say when you are trying something new, 5 things to say when faced with failure, 5 things to say to motivate yourself to go for your dreams and so much more.  This collection of 50 positive pep talks will quickly become your favorite go-to tool for whenever you need a little extra support or positive affirmations.

When you use the instant peptalks in this book regularly you will begin to change your thought patterns which will lead to more optimistic thoughts and positive habits.  Which ultimately will lead to you living a happier life.  I can personally attest to that as I’ve been putting these peptalks into practice in my daily life over the past few weeks.  For example, I constantly find myself repeating the phrase “Every expert started out as a beginner” whenever I try something new.  I also like saying, “You are a fine piece of china.  Don’t let anyone treat you like a paper plate” when dealing with toxic or annoying people.

I like using these instant peptalks because they are catchy and serve as positive reminders for me to keep moving forward and pushing harder.  I have my favorite peptalks written on post-it notes in places where I can reference them often. Another great thing about these peptalks is they are great to use with children.  Here are some of my personal favorites for kids: “Practice is how you learn”, “Realize how much you’re worth…don’t give people discounts” and “Do good to feel good.”

We all know people and circumstances will occasionally break you down in life. But if you keep your mind focused, your heart open to possibility, and continue to put one foot in front of the other, you will be able to quickly recover the pieces, rebuild, and come back much stronger than you ever would have been otherwise.

Each day you wake up with a choice.  Transformation is yours to create.  Will you decide to be grateful, spontaneous, enlightened, and joyous, or will you choose to keep complaining about how terrible your life is?  Research shows the power of positive thinking cannot be underestimated.  So go and think yourself to a new level of happiness and joy.  I dare you!  Check out this book if you’re in need of some good instant peptalks or gift it to a friend or loved one.

Your turn:  I’d love your thoughts on building positivity habits.  What is your favorite way to shift your mindset when things get tough in life? Feel free to share yours in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

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