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. 

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 

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