Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

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Self-help and personal development books are my favourite kinda books. I first saw Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva on Melanie’s blog (Frasers Fun House) and after leaving a comment, Lana herself got in touch offering to send me a copy of the book to review too. Yes please!

Happier Thinking is a book which contains a collection of tips and suggestions to help retrain your brain and see more of the good. Lana has suffered with bouts of depression in the past and is now sharing the things which worked after years of mindfulness, therapy and educating herself on mental health. It’s a short read (50 pages long) and I actually finished it in an hour or so as it is definitely a book that I couldn’t put down. There are 12 chapters which are easy to read, offering a range of inspirational ideas on how to lift your mood and think happier.

It’s packed with simple and helpful advice on things to do when faced with everyday challenges (big and small). My favourite chapter is ‘Turn negatives into positives’ where Lana gives typically negative situations and encourages you to see the hidden positives in each one. This part reminded me of the time when my boiler broke and I had to shower everyday at my local gym. A normally frustrating and annoying situation made me realise I was fortunate enough to have a gym membership, access to leisure facilities so close to home and in that week I got in more exercise than I normally would have. Win.

The book includes alternative ways of thinking when it comes to unexpected changed plans, comparing ourselves to others and making assumptions. I know I sometimes get caught up overthinking about the worst case scenario or worrying what people think of me. Lana reminds us that our thoughts are not reality, and is it really worth dedicating your energy to worrying over something that may not happen?

Happier Thinking is an handy companion to have when you need a quick boost of positivity. It isn’t swamped with scientific facts and statistics, instead it’s written in a clear, relatable and easy to understand way. Since reading this book, I have been putting the theory into practice: this morning I felt myself getting anxious about the amount of things on my to-do list. Once I put it into perspective and reasoned with myself, what is the worst thing that can happen? I’ll just carry it over to tomorrow. I stopped feeling so overwhelmed and just got on with the first thing.

Have you been able see a positive in a negative situation? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your stories! Why not order yourself a copy of Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva. 

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  1. September 5, 2018 / 7:56 am

    I haven’t seen too many self help books and never know which one to go for, what one would be best for me. The internet searching is great, but it’s nice to hear it from a person reading the book themselves. Such a lovely review and such great photographs. I try my best to see positives in negative situations or at least in hindsight anyway. ❤️Xx

    • September 7, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lauren! 💖 It’s always good to try and find positives, even if it is afterwards. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  2. September 5, 2018 / 8:41 am

    I love a good self help book and this sounds brilliant. What I love is that you said it’s a short read. I always prefer it when self help books are shorter as I find it easier to read 😃

    • September 7, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks Charlotte! 💖 Definitely! It’s great it’s a short and easy to read. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely ☺️💕 xx

  3. September 5, 2018 / 10:35 am

    Ah, I loved Melanie’s review of this book too. It looks like a wonderful read. One of my clients is a confidence coach and she’s written something very similar too, which I’ve found helpful. I like the sound of turning negatives into positives (although gym membership is never going to be on the cards for me, haha, I’m too lazy) and the notion that our thoughts aren’t our reality. That’s definitely something to keep in mind when things don’t go our way or we get a bad reaction from others. Fab post, Bexa, thank you for sharing! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • September 7, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lisa! 💖 It’s such a good book with so many useful reminders. Glad you enjoyed the post ☺️💕 xx

  4. Shaun
    September 5, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    This book sounds brilliant 😄. I like the fact it encourages you to turn negatives into positives 👍. I can certainly relate to that way of thinking ☺️. A little while ago we could no longer afford to eat Waitrose sea bass. However, this enabled us to discover the equally scrumptious Waitrose cod fish cakes, so it all turned out well 🐟👌🏻. An excellent post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • September 7, 2018 / 5:37 pm

      Thanks Shaun! 💖 Ha ha 😂 the cod fishcakes were a very good find, very scrumptious indeed 😄 glad you liked the post! 😍☺️😘💕 xxxx

    • September 7, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much Em! 💖☺️ xx

  5. September 5, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Happier Thinking sounds amazing! I like self-help that are clear and straight to the point. No scientific evidence just good ol advice bringing positive vibes into our lives. It’s true, sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all the things I want to do but a positive mindset says, you’ll get to it when you get to it. No need to stress out the small stuff! Gonna share this book with others 🤗

    • September 7, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Natonya 💖. So true, there is no need to worry about the small stuff, everything will get done when it needs to. Glad you enjoyed the post ☺️💕 xx

  6. September 5, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    I’ve never read a self-help book before but this one looks like it will be really useful! I have struggled in the past with being down and anxiety and the tips in this book would definitely have helped! I need to buy this!

    • September 7, 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much Chloe 💖. It’s a really great book to help with stress & anxiety. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely ☺️💕 xx

  7. September 6, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    I’m always a little sceptical of self-help books, but this one looks really good actually! I’m glad you’ve shared this on your blog Bexa, I think that could help lots of people xx

    • September 7, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much Alys! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post ☺️ xx

  8. September 6, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I think this book would be perfect for me! I’m a serious worrier and I worry a lot about things that I cannot change and I really need to stop doing that! It really sounds like a great book that I think we all need! Great review Bexa x

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Thank you so much Aaliyah 💖. It’s a really great read and does helps with reducing worries too. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕☺️ xx

  9. September 6, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    Might have to check this one out. I don’t often look at self-help books – too many are scientific and give loads of facts, but this one sounds really useful!

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you so much Rebecca! 💖 Hope you liked it if you read it, glad you enjoyed the post ☺️💕 xx

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you so much Amie! 💖 Hope you enjoy it! ☺️💕 xx

  10. September 6, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    Oh I might have to go do some shopping on Amazon! That book sounds amazing! I am sure it would help me worry less!

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:20 pm

      Thanks Corinne! 💖 It’s a handy little book to have! Would definitely recommend ☺️💕 xx

  11. September 6, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    I have really been looking into purchasing some self-help books. I love reading motivational and positive texts, and sometimes you need that little push just to help you out. Like with the chapter you mentioned, I’m always trying to turn negative situations into positives; try and run through my head that everything happens for a reason, and even though it may not seem it now, in days, or even months, everything will fall into place. This looks like a great read, and will be adding it to my reading list. Thank you for sharing!

    Aycan // http://www.littlewhitesocks.com

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Aycan 💖. I definitely agree that everything happens for a reason. That’s a great attitude, I love your positivity ☺️💕 xx

  12. September 6, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    What a lovely post! I suffer a lot with my mental health and have a history with depression. I will have to pick up this book next time I’m out. Thank you for sharing. xo

    Pinar | http://www.beautybakingbella.com

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you so much Pinar 💖. Glad you enjoyed the post, hope the book helps too ☺️💕 xx

  13. September 6, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I’m not a very positive person, but I’m working on it. I find writing down things I’m grateful for really helps me. This book sounds really great! I need to buy it!

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks so much Molly! I love that idea, I’m glad it helps you feel positive 💖☺️ xx

  14. Roxie Watt
    September 6, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I’ve been so stressed out waiting for the baby to arrive and reading this would be a lovely way to unwind.

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Thanks so much Roxie 💖. I hope everything goes well with the baby, wishing you all the best 💕☺️ xx

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy the book! 💖☺️ xx

  15. September 6, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    I love the views behind this book and way of thinking. It’s so easy to fall into a negative spin when things go wrong and being reminded of the positives and learning to see them when things go wrong is a really wonderful tool to have on hand!

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Kristin! 💖 It’s such a great book to feel positive! Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  16. September 6, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    This sounds like a great book. CBT and mindfulness are really good at trying to help retrain our brains x

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Caroline 💖☺️ xx

  17. September 6, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    This book sounds amazing! I love good self help books too and although I try, I do sometimes struggle with being positive and it’s something I really don’t like about myself. This book sounds super manageable and like it’s really helped so it’s definitely one I’d love to read!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Soph! 💖 I would definitely recommend the book, it’s a great read and helps with positivity 💕☺️ xx

  18. September 6, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Putting this on my wish list! Love self-help books but anything that encourages postitive thinking has me interested! Nothing better than a positive mindset

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks Fi! 💖 That’s great, hope you enjoy the book as much as I did 💕☺️ xx

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  19. September 6, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    This book sounds amazing! I love that it’s shorter so you can get a quick happy boost when you need it. Anything that can retrain the brain to think more positively is always going to be a good thing x


    • September 7, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you so much Sophie! 💖 It’s such a quick positive read. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  20. September 7, 2018 / 2:35 am

    Pretty cool that you got your own copy of Happier Thinking! I like that there are different ways to keep your mind up. Even better that it’s short and sweet. Glad you learned a lot from the book. Oh man, I remember those times when the shower didn’t work @___@. It’s always nice to learn more about alternative ways to think. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Nancy! 💖 It’s great that it’s short and sweet, I’d definitely recommend. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  21. September 7, 2018 / 6:36 am

    This sounds like a great book, and I like the fact it’s a bit shorter than others. I do enjoy self-help books, but I like the fact this sounds like a bitesize one! 😊 It seems like it has lots of handy tips and tricks to help along the way. I can definitely understand your feeling of overwhelm when it comes to a long to-do list, so I’m glad this book helped you regain perspective! Thanks for sharing!

    • September 7, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment Ruth! 💖 It’s great that it’s a short but helpful read, I’d definitely recommend. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕☺️ xx

  22. September 7, 2018 / 10:02 am

    This sounds amazing! I love that it’s more of a bitesized book, and trying to see the positives in negative situations and try to flip my thinking around is something I’ve really been trying to do recently. I’m going to have to look into buying it, so I have a handy handbag companion for when I’m finding it difficult to switch my thinking alone!

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • September 8, 2018 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you so much Cordelia 💖. Glad you enjoyed the post and hope you find the book useful too ☺️💕 xx

  23. September 8, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    I really like the sound of this one! Self help books can certainly be a bit hit and miss but good ones can be SO beneficial. I read Ferne Cotton’s “Happy” and I LOVED it, it really made me look at things differently. I love the sound of this one, it sounds super handy because it’s short and easy to get stuck into when you need a bit of a helping hand. Lovely review! 🙂 xxx

    • September 8, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much Jenny! 💖 I’ve also read “Happy” and really enjoyed it, I liked Fearne’s book “Calm” as well. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕☺️ xxx

  24. September 9, 2018 / 8:21 am

    This sounds like such a lovely little book! One that could really inject that bit of positivity we all need. Thank you for sharing Bexa, great post as always x


    • September 9, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Thank you so much Abbie! 💖 It really is a positive and uplifting read. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕☺️ xx

  25. September 10, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Oh wow – this sounds like a fab book not to mention that it looks so pretty too! Will definitely check it out!

    Hope you’re having a lovely start to the week! Will check out your other posts this evening! 🙂

    Layla x


    • September 10, 2018 / 5:47 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Layla! 💖 Hope you enjoy the book and hope you have a fantastic week too ☺️💕 xx

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