365 Days Of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle

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If you ever catch me with a book in my hand, chances are it is going to be a self-development book. So when I was asked if I wanted to review 365 Days Of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle – a book which I would most definitely buy for myself, I jumped at the opportunity. The fact it had a tasty looking cupcake on the front cover only further added to my enthusiasm.

Jacqueline aka FreakyHealer is a mindfulness & happiness coach who spent every single day of 2017 devoted to her own happiness. In this book, she shares her wisdom in daily bite-size chunks, giving you positive thoughts to take with you into your new day. Jacqueline combines her background in health and wellness with her passion for happiness to bring to you a 365 day step-by-step guide containing light and bubbly passages to help you live a more mindful, joyful and fun-filled life.

I’ve read this book in a week for review purposes, but intend to go back and start at Day 1 and spend longer absorbing the thoughts and ideas from each page. Jacqueline encourages us to find our “high for life” frequency by appreciating the beauty in everyday, spreading positive energy, finding peace, taking opportunities, showing love & gratitude to the world around us and living life to the fullest.

I found the energy and enthusiasm in this book contagious. It’s designed to be read every morning to sprinkle a little happiness onto your day which is a fab idea. How often do we mindlessly scroll through social media, allowing what we read to impact our mood & set the tone for the day. It’s hit or miss whether we will see something positive and uplifting or something negative and draining. However, by reaching for this book first thing, we can guarantee 100% positivity and that’s an awesome way to start the day.

Life can get so busy and overwhelming, and this book is packed with gentle reminders to slow down, acknowledge your thoughts, accept your feelings, be kind to yourself and others, delight in the ordinary, be curious and adventurous, and don’t take life so seriously.

My favourite thought from the book: So what could you share today? A smile, a hug, a compliment, kindness, compassion, appreciation, gratitude, laughter and happiness, your time, thoughts or feelings, your heart and love, your listening ear or wise words, your lunch, a story, a joke, your success and knowledge, clothing, a blanket, your home, car, money… be generous and make it a sharing, caring day!

Thank you Jacqueline for sending me this joyful and uplifting book. I know I am going to enjoy reading it regularly to add some happiness, positivity and inspiration into my day. Have you read 365 Days Of Happiness? You can pick up your copy here. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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    • October 11, 2018 / 9:04 am

      Thank you so much Shirley, it is a really positive and uplifting read! <3 xx

  1. October 11, 2018 / 8:45 am

    This sounds like such a lovely book, and such a fantastic idea to start each day by reading something positive. One of my freelance clients is a confidence coach and she’s all about giving first with no expectation of necessarily getting anything back. Paying it forward, if you like. I’ve learned a lot from her in the last 18 months or so. I love Jacqueline’s concept of sprinkling a little happiness on to your day, I’ll have to check her book out and see what other nuggets she’s offering 🙂 Fab review, Bexa, thank you for sharing! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • October 11, 2018 / 9:21 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lisa! I really like the concept of giving first with no expectation of getting anything back, that way you can never be disappointed. It’s a great attitude to have! I hope you enjoy the book, it’s an awesome way to start the day with positivity <3 xx

  2. October 11, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    I love the idea of sharing something (even something small) each day. I think living in student accommodation people often lack those little actions that lift your mood each morning/evening so this could be a valuable idea for me to think about more whilst I’m living away from home! Great post Bexa xx

    • October 11, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Thank you so much Alys! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and it inspired you too. Hope uni is going well lovely <3 xx

  3. Shaun
    October 11, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    This book sounds brilliant 😄. The fact it has a cupcake on the front is always a good start 👍. I like how Jacqueline breaks the book down into small bite sized chunks, providing positive thoughts for every day 😄. I think I might reach for this book soon, I’m sure the energy and enthusiasm within it will rub off on me 💃🕺🏻. An excellent post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • October 11, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much Shaun! Yay for cupcakes! It’s such a great book to read everyday, you are welcome to borrow it too! <3 xxxx

  4. October 11, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    This sounds like such a lovely book!
    It can be so easy to set your own happiness and well-being aside in today’s world.
    It sounds brilliant, and like it’s got a very important message at heart.
    Cora | http://teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Thank you so much Cora, so glad you liked the post! It is definitely important to make time for your happiness and well-being <3 xx

  5. Joy abou zeid
    October 11, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    I never read in the morning but i’d love to try especially if the book is gonna bring joy into my day!!

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:45 am

      Thanks Joy! It’s a great book to start the day with! <3 xx

  6. October 11, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    I love the sound of this self help book. The only one I’ve really read was ‘Be Happy’ by Weight Watchers which had a lot of great tips and a few colouring and dot-to-dot pages. I really love the cover on this one! Really who doesn’t love a cupcake. Great review Bexa. xx

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Thanks so much Kim! That sounds like a great book, yay for colouring and dot-to-dots! I’ll have to check it out, thanks for the suggestion! <3 xx

  7. October 11, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    This sounds like a really lovely book! That I could probably use right now. I haven’t read many books in this genre before but it sounds really great. I never usually read in the morning but that sounds like a really great idea. Lovely review! X

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Thanks so much Aaliyah! Glad you enjoyed the post, it is a great way to add some positivity into your day every morning <3 xx

  8. October 11, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    A lovely review, Bexa. It is important to appreciate something in the everyday. Flocks of geese and kitty cuddles and lovely skies – all of these things bring me great happiness.

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Aww yes! That’s so true Louise! Those are all such nice things, kitty cuddles are the best! Thank you for the comment lovely! <3 xx

  9. October 11, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    This book sounds fantastic, and I love that it breaks everything down into little daily amounts. I will have to get my hands on it, sounds like something I could definitely put to use in my own life. I believe everyone should spend more time making their happiness and well-being a priority in today’s society.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:50 am

      Thanks so much Britt! That is so true! We should all make time for our happiness and well-being, it is really important <3 xx

  10. October 11, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    Well this DEFINITELY sounds like something I need. It’s such a lovely idea for a book, like a bit of a calendar of positivity seeing as it’s for all year! I think she’s hit the nail on the head here and it’s for sure going on my christmas wishlist. Perfect for those days when you just wake up in the need of a bit of brightening to your day 🙂
    Alice Xx

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:52 am

      Thanks so much Alice! A calendar of positivity is the perfect way to describe it! I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely! <3 xx

  11. October 11, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Great review! I recently reader another bloggers review and downloaded this book to my Kindle TBR pile and can’t wait to have a proper look when I’ve read the books I need to for upcoming reviews. I’m working on my own positivity in my day to day life to improve my mindset and this book seems perfect to help.

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:55 am

      That’s awesome Melanie! I am so glad you are going to give it a read as well. I hope you enjoy, let me know what you think. Thanks for the comment lovely <3 xx

  12. Michelle Blackadar
    October 11, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    incredible! i always love books like these, once i get paid again i am going to pick up this book! thanks for sharing bexa! xx

    mich / simplymich.com

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:55 am

      Thanks so much Mich, I hope you enjoy the book! <3 xx

  13. October 11, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    I love the idea behind this book! It’s so positive and motivational. Not going to lie the cover is pretty hard to resist too haha!

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:58 am

      Thanks Kristin! He he, exactly, who can say no to a tasty looking cupcake! <3 xx

  14. October 11, 2018 / 6:38 pm

    Aw, what a lovely idea! I think we all could devote a little more time to our happiness, so a book like this is a great little tool. That being said, I think you’re already nailing that whole “be generous and make it a sharing, caring day!” thing. Every time I see you online you’re promoting and celebrating other creators, which I think is so amazing. Just the fact that you take the to respond to your comments is such a nice thing to do – it makes me feel like my comments are valued! So thank you for being so good. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog when I did. 🖤

    • October 12, 2018 / 8:01 am

      Aww thank you so much for the lovely comment Asti! You are so kind! That has really made my day, I’m glad you found my blog so I could discover your awesome blog too! Thanks again for being so sweet <3 xx

  15. October 11, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    This is a wonderful motivational book. 365 days of Happiness is a great title for a book. The cover with the cupcake pic makes me think of happiness. I love inspirational books. This would be great to read one every day to start your day. It’s a great way to start the day.

    • October 12, 2018 / 8:04 am

      Thank you so much Deb! Yay for cupcakes, they make me happy too! It really is a great book to start the day with. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  16. October 11, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    This sounds like such a lovely book! Gentle reminders to put yourself first are great. I find a lot of the time books like these give a really unattainable ideal and this one sounds different. Great review Bexa x


    • October 12, 2018 / 8:06 am

      Thank you so much Sophie! I agree! This book is pretty relaxed and an easy read. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  17. October 11, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    I’m not sure why the first thing I thought of when I read the title was that this book was 365 recipes for cupcakes – one for every day of the year, and then I read the line at the bottom hahaha! One thing I think most people can forget to do since life can become so busy is to invest in their own happiness.

    One thing I saw a runner on instagram do was find 3 things you are grateful for every single day and write them down. Then, when you’re ever feeling down open those letters/notebook of things you wrote down you were grateful for. Something I was recently told was that the world’s billionaires spend one hour a day reading, and to see that it’s meant as a morning read is just great – sometimes we need that something extra in the morning to start us off!

    I can definitely agree to allowing social media to influence how we feel the rest of the day/ the rest of the night. I think it’s human nature for us to compare to what we see and how we don’t have what XYZ has. But when we do that, I feel we lose sight of what we DO have.

    One thing I’ve definitely been working on is being kind to myself, we are our own worse critics and sometimes I can be a bit hard on myself if I don’t do something. I realized that the more I was optimistic to myself and told myself HEY LOOK GOOD JOB the more positive I became throughout the day 🙂


    • October 12, 2018 / 8:11 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely and thoughtful comment Sahara! Oh wow yes, a different cupcake recipe for everyday of the year is a book I would 100% buy as well, he he. I really like the idea of writing down 3 things you are grateful for everyday, it is habit I want to get into as I often forget the good stuff when live gets busy! I love that you are talking to yourself in a more positive and encouraging way, that makes a huge difference. I think we all need to be a bit kinder to ourselves at times. Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment lovely, I always appreciate it! <3 xx

  18. October 12, 2018 / 8:50 am

    This sounds like a great book, I have quite a few positive/self-care/mindfulness books and they have really helped me a lot. Reading a book like this was a big turning point for my mental health so I would definitely recommend them to anyone that may be struggling. This book sounds really good and very positive which is what I love! Thank you for the review!

    Chloe x

    • October 12, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Thank you so much Chloe! I agree! I have read so many self-help books over the years and would definitely recommend them to anyone struggling with their mental health. Glad you enjoyed the review lovely! <3 xx

  19. October 12, 2018 / 9:53 am

    I think I need this book in my life. It sounds like something I would really enjoy, as well as get some real benefit from. I’m a big fan of anything which encourages people (myself included) to stop and think about the good stuff in life. Plus, I always enjoy your reviews and thoroughly trust your recommendations.

    I also really want cupcakes right now! 😂

    • October 12, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Aww, thanks so much Ruth! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and agree, it’s so important to focus on the good things! Yay for cupcakes too, he he! <3 xx

  20. October 12, 2018 / 9:56 am

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed this Bexa, when I saw it on your Instagram I knew I had to check out your review because I was curious about your opinion. I’ve only just started this and hope that I enjoy it as much as you, I definitely love your favourite thought from the book!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com/ x

    • October 12, 2018 / 11:33 am

      Thanks so much Soph! That’s awesome you are reading it too, I hope you enjoy and I can’t wait to see what you think! <3 xx

  21. October 13, 2018 / 4:36 am

    It’s great that you got your hands on 365 days of happiness. Reading about how people chased happiness is inspiring. We’re not living for a long time, we need to take advantage of our opportunities and anything that comes our way sooner than later. I’m glad you enjoyed the book! It doesn’t take much to be positive, even if it means being kind toward others. Thanks for sharing this, Bexa!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • October 13, 2018 / 10:30 am

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment Nancy! I agree, life is short, we need to grab those opportunities! Being kind to others is such a good thing to do. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  22. October 14, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Hahahahaha I thought it was about 365 days worth of cake recipes when I saw the picture, before I read your post. I find this type of a book so inspiring, it’s amazing to read about how people are on their journey to their happiness.

    lots of love, Jasmin
    // littlethingswithjassy.com

    • October 15, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Thanks so much Jasmin! He he, a book with 365 cupcake recipes in would be awesome too! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  23. October 14, 2018 / 8:19 am

    This is such a nice idea! I love all the 365 journals that are out there right now, so I bet this is really nice to have something a bit more focused upon positivity.

    Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com/

    • October 15, 2018 / 8:09 am

      Thanks so much Megan! I love the 365 journals too, it’s such a great way to feel positive everyday <3 xx

  24. Gemma
    October 14, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Thank-youu for sharing Bexa! I don’t think this is my type of genre but after reading your review I’m definitely intrigued. It’s always good to think about happiness and how to be happy. Love how it focuses on positivity. I love your review, you haven’t revealed everything but just enough to make me want to read!

    Gemma | https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/

    • October 15, 2018 / 8:26 am

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Gemma! I’m so glad you enjoyed the review and you are intrigued to read the book <3 xx

  25. October 14, 2018 / 8:41 am

    This sounds amazing Bexa! It’s so true how we spend so much time scrolling through social media and whatever we see can set our mood for the day. To have a book that will inspire you each morning is incredible! Great review! 😊 xo

    • October 15, 2018 / 8:44 am

      Thank you so much Lozza! It’s a such a good positive read. Glad you enjoyed the review lovely <3 xx

  26. October 14, 2018 / 8:47 am

    Oh what a lovely idea for a book! I definitely need to be reminded to slow down and appreciate the little things! What a lovely way to start your day 🙂

    Sophie xx


    • October 15, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Thank you so much Sophie! Glad you enjoyed the post <3 xx

  27. October 14, 2018 / 9:05 am

    I love that she devoted a full year to self-love and happiness! That’s the sort of commitment we should all be taking inspiration from. Really enjoyed reading your review 💕 love a positivity filled blog post!!

    Finlay Grace x

    • October 15, 2018 / 9:07 am

      Thank you so much lovely! I agree, self-love and happiness is something we should all make a priority <3 xx

  28. October 14, 2018 / 9:48 am

    Need this type of book. Specially nowadays where everyone is so busy with hustling and grining we need to sometimes pause, relax and just be happy for what we have and where we are at.

    Kaye – http://amalog.co

    • October 15, 2018 / 9:42 am

      That is so true! Thank you for the lovely comment Kaye <3 xx

  29. October 14, 2018 / 10:31 am

    This book sounds fabulous! What a great idea to reach for a book first thing after you wake up as well and not just head straight for your phone! Wonderful post as always 😁🧡🖤

    Jenn x

    • October 15, 2018 / 9:48 am

      Thank you so much Jenn! You are so kind. So glad you enjoyed the post <3 xx

  30. October 14, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Cute! I have to admit that I thought it was a recipe book from the cover, before I read the title, but cake is awesome anyways! Lol.

    • October 15, 2018 / 9:57 am

      He he, yes! 365 cake recipes would be awesome too! Thank you for stopping by! <3 xx

  31. October 14, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    I definitely want to read this. I feel like living in Beijing and wanting to move home for a while so not generally being happy here has made me much more negative than I used to be. I’m actively trying to think positively about things and change my attitude. This sounds like just what I need! Nikki x


    • October 15, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Thank you so much Nikki. Sorry to hear you are not happy at the moment, sometimes we need a reminder to help us appreciate the little positive things and the book really helps. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  32. October 14, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    This looks like a nice and fun book Bexa. The idea of reading in small sections is interesting. Starting your day with positivity is incredible. Loved the review. 🙂

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

    • October 15, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Thank you so much Via! You are so kind. Glad you enjoyed the review <3 xx

  33. October 14, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    I’ve never read a self help type book before I’m much more inclined to pick up fiction but this sounds like a great motivational book and I love that quote you’ve picked!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

    • October 15, 2018 / 10:18 am

      Thank you so much Jess! So glad you enjoyed the post and the quote too! <3 xx

    • October 15, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed! <3 xx

  34. Suzanne
    October 14, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    I’m not usually one for self help books, I’m definitely looking into this one due to your review!! Thanks for this!!

    • October 15, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Thank you so much Suzanne, glad you enjoyed! <3 xx

  35. October 15, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Good to know that cupcake on its cover added to your enthusiasm. That’s actually too cute. I am also more towards self development books after romantic..lol.
    Book sounds great, full of energy and positivity.Let me go check that book out, will give you a feedback after I am done.
    Thanks again for sharing with us this awesome book.

  36. October 16, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    Hi Bexa! This is perfect as I am currently reading 365 days of Grumpiness and it has done nothing to improve my mood! ;o) It does sound like a good read; I struggle in the mornings, so some happy pages in my paws on the subway at 08:20 is probably a good idea. Love the cupcake on the front, but maybe they should have used a bottle of wine or two??

    Trace xx

    • October 18, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks so much Trace! He he, your comment made me laugh! Yay for happy pages. I think a bottle or two of wine would work well as well, instant happy! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  37. October 18, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Great review. Shame it doesn’t come with a real cupcake though! ♥


  38. October 19, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    What a great book! I think I need to pick this up for myself. Since starting college, as well as working and everything else that comes with being an adult, I’ve felt overwhelmed. Even before then I never slowed down. It’s not something I know how to do, but this book seems like the perfect book for me to read to learn how to do just that.
    I absolutely love that thought you shared from the book. Even when we feel like we can’t give people much, a smile or a compliment could make all the difference to someone else’s day. I love the idea of spreading happiness to everyone.
    Great post, thank you for sharing it!

    • October 22, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet and thoughtful comment Kelly. I know the feeling! Life can get so overwhelming, especially with studying and everything else. The book is really helpful in slowing down and appreciating the little things. It’s nice that a simple gesture like a smile can have a big impact. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and really appreciate your kind words <3 xx

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