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Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy

Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy

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by Karen Salmansohn

Brighten your day with this colorful journal from happiness expert Karen Salmansohn. Jam-packed with 365 “happiness prompters” including motivational quotes, scientific studies, and thought-provoking questions, this journal amps up your ability to notice (and create!) moments of joy and gratitude in your life—one day at a time.


Brighten your day with this colorful journal from happiness expert Karen Salmansohn. Jam-packed with 365 “happiness prompters” including motivational quotes, scientific studies, and thought-provoking questions, this journal amps up your ability to notice (and create!) moments of joy and gratitude in your life—one day at a time.

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Salmansohn reminds us that in life, we are in charge of our own destiny. We have the power to overcome through gratitude, humor and courage.
 –Tony Robbins, NY Times Best Selling Author
Karen is an expert on psychological research studies to help you not only recover from the tough times, but also bounce back to an even higher level than your previous bests. 
– Tim Ferriss, NY Times Best Selling Author
Karen packs a library’s worth of proven insights into all she does. For anyone mired in the dumps – or who just wants to live more joyfully – Karen’s for you!
– Gretchen Rubin, NY Times Best Selling Author
Karen’s writing is like Paxil without the side effects.  If you’ve been sucker-punched by life (in other words, if you’re human), Karen gives you empowering, user-friendly tips to deal with it. The very act of reading her writing will make you feel happier.
- A.J. Jacobs, NY Times Best Selling Author
Salmansohn’s writing is bold, playful, insightful – with powerful metaphors that provoke and inspire. Her kinetic images amplify her message and take her books to a new level of literary experience.
– Deepak Chopra, NY Times Best Selling Author
If you’re not happy with what you’re getting, maybe you need a whole new plan. Karen Salmansohn offers you one. Start now! – Seth Godin, NY Times Best Selling Author
Karen Salmansohn is a creative force of nature. I love her insights and relentless commitment to helping people live happy and successful lives. Her smart sense of humor and unusual metaphors make changing your life not only do-able but, totally fun. I simply adore her! – Marie Forleo, founder The B School
Salmansohn’s got sass and shine! Her work sparks people to wake up, and at the same time, gives the comfort of perennial wisdom — such a divine combo. Sass and shine, in the best packaging! – Danielle LaPorte,
Life is full of surprise challenges – and Karen Salmansohn offers informative research from the world of resiliency psychology to help ensure you bounce back from tough times stronger, better, happier! 
– Marci Shimoff, NYTimes Best Selling Author
Salmansohn’s advice for regaining your footing after a life set back is smart, do-able and even fun. 
– Lucy S. Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF Magazine
Karen Salmansohn is the high priestess of great attitude! 
– Marshall Goldsmith, NYTimes Best Selling author
Karen Salmansohn will lift your spirits at the same time, focus your path in the truths, challenges and opportunities found in everyday life. 
– Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society
Karen Salmansohn is a big brain in high heels. 
– Goldie Hawn, actress and founder The Hawn Foundation

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My mission: to help you to live your happiest life.

My strategy: I’ve filled the pages of this Instant Happy Journal with what I call “happiness prompters”—a range of motivational quotes, thought-provoking questions, scientific research studies, and soul-stirring philosophical thoughts. Each page’s happiness prompter is meant to inspire you to reflect and focus on where the most joy, appreciation, and love can be found in your day (and your life).

This journal also has fill-in dates so you can reflect and write at your own pace. Feel free to write either in the morning (to set an intention) or at day’s end (to share a reflection).
Many of the happiness prompters are ones I use with my family. For example, in my home we have one of my Instant Happy posters displayed on the inner side of our front door, which we read every day:

“Something awesome is going to happen today.

I can’t wait to see what it will be.” 

Having this happiness prompter in our faces on a daily basis reminds us to be what I call “awesome seekers.”

Keeping this quote in mind helps us tune into the frequency of awesome—and to perk up and appreciate what’s happy in our day. Being an awesome seeker has been shown to increase happiness—in particular, when the awesomeness sought gets recorded in a journal. In a recent study, University of California researchers divided participants into three groups. The first wrote once a week in a journal about five awesome things they were grateful for. The second described five daily hassles. The third listed five random events. The results? Those in the first journal group reported an increase in happiness, more optimism about their future, and more improvement in health problems than those in the other two groups.

The Instant Happy Journal you now hold in your hands is filled with 365 different happiness prompters. Each one will inspire you in a variety of ways to be an awesome seeker—paying mindful attention to all the good people and good events your life is blessed with! (And mindfully reframing those less-good challenges.) 

With this Instant Happy Journal, day by day (or night by night) you will train your brain to focus on where the most inspiration, gratitude, and joy are to be found. Soon you will say farewell forever to a glass-half-empty mindset and say hello to a new awesome-seeker mentality.

P.S. If you’ve written down something that you feel is especially inspiring, I’d love to hear it! You can write to me at notsalmon.com, and tweet or Instagram an excerpt to @notsalmon (#instanthappy).

Meet the Author

KAREN SALMANSOHN is the best-selling author of more than 25 books with over 1 million copies sold. She has been a featured happiness expert on the Today show, The View, CNN, Fox News, Real Time with Bill Maher, and is an online columnist for Oprah, Psychology Today, AOL, and the Huffington Post. She and her work have been covered by the New York Times, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, TimeMarie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, Elle, and the New Yorker. Salmansohn has also worked as an image consultant for MTV, Nickelodeon, Oxygen Media, and L'Oreal and speaks on how to increase happiness, creativity, and productivity, most recently in the TEDx talk, "Fun Is a High Performance Fuel."

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Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
csmmom More than 1 year ago
This is a gorgeously constructed journal that is compact and easy to use. Each page has a prompt that allows the user to reflect and write without difficulties. I can’t tell you how many times I have started a journal of some kind and then have stopped because I lost inspiration. I plan on leaving this book out on my night table and writing in it daily either in the morning or before I go to sleep.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Weird is the new awesome. Re-frame: make a mistake into an opportunity. When everyone else is a jerk, stay courteous. Let the other person be a jerk. If any of those lines resonates with you, or inspires you to creativity or list-making or poeming or writing or anything else, then I urge you to pick up a copy of the INSTANT HAPPY JOURNAL: 365 DAYS OF INSPIRATION, GRATITUDE, AND JOY, by Karen Salmansohn. Maybe you won't walk away from an encounter with the book "instantly happy," but I certainly put it down feeling a lot better about myself on more than one occasion. There's something about writing, long-hand, that makes you verbose, even positively poetic, as you plumb the depths of your unconscious and subconscious minds and get something down on paper. And the prompts, which include quotes, words of the day, questions, and uplifting lines of encouragement and support, really lend themselves to applying a few minutes of your time to their suggestions. After all, who couldn't stand to take five or ten minutes to list three things you like about yourself? (Have you really considered it?) Or to write a letter to an ex who left you especially hurt? (What have you always wanted to say?) Writing is therapeutic and enlightening. It can be artistic, imaginative, purposeful, exploratory, or inventive. And if the reward is to get some of the clutter out of your head and onto a blank page where it can't stifle you any longer, so much the better. Journaling, too, is becoming a bigger and bigger phenomenon, right up the same line as adult coloring books. It's an outlet that doesn't so much force you to think as it does invite you to exist, and to make a note of your existence, on whatever plane you prefer. I, for one, have decided to buy spiral-bound notebooks in which to answer the daily writing prompts in the INSTANT HAPPY JOURNAL so I can continue to use and reuse the book for years to come. # # # Author: Karen Salmansohn Title: INSTANT HAPPY JOURNAL: 365 DAYS OF INSPIRATION, GRATITUDE, AND JOY Publisher: Ten Speed Press ISBN: 978-1-60774-824-3 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
This book came along at just the right time. I was looking for something that would encourage me to begin a journal and this is it. As I entered the book and I saw some of the inspirations, I could begin writing immediately. Some include "What do you say to yourself when you're feeling really confident." "Aim yourself forward, not backwards." and "What is your intuition trying to wake you up to?" With one of these inspirations facing you everyday it is easy to begin, or end the day on a positive foot. I love this and I would recommend it to anyone. I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you like to journal? Do you run out of ideas to be "grateful" for? This little book is great for those kind of days. You don't need to go in order, page-by-page. Feel free to jump around and randomly pick a prompt and start writing. Some examples of daily prompts are: *What's your favorite activity to do? Why? *Be intentional. Don't scatter your energy on fear and regret. How can you aim your energy at what you want? *Don't let other people write your life story for you. Write how you want your life story to go. Try a chapter or two now. *NC-17. Write something naughty here. The pages are fun and colorful. One thing I don't particularly like is the limited amount of space you have to write. I have a tendency to write on and on and 10 short little lines won't cut it for me. Overall, I think the prompts are great and for someone that has writer block or just starting journaling this would be a great opener.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
This is a cute little book and I’m thrilled to have it in my library. I picked it out because I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and I thought it might help me look at the brighter side of life. I need to remind myself of the positive aspects of my life and not dwell upon the struggles and I’m hoping this little journal will help. Disclaimer, I’ve looked through the book; read the introduction and many of the journal prompts, but I have not started the journal yet. It is just the beginning of October and being that the book has prompts for an entire year I’ve decided to wait until January 1st to start my journey towards a more optimistic self. First impression of the book is that it is very cheerful. The cover is lovely with its vibrant orange dots that opens up to reveal a short introduction before it dives right into the journal prompts. The binding is nice and it opens easily to write your entries in. The pages alternate in formatting and colors, but all are very stylish and lend well to the happy vibe this book gives off. There is a smooth satin ribbon to help you keep your place, but I’m almost tempted to skip around to pick the prompt that fits my mood or activities of the day then work from front to back. The pages are not pre-dated so it would be easy to search out the quote or question that fits your personal needs of the day. The prompts are a nice mix of serious and whimsical that I just feel might be better utilized by searching out the one that speaks to you that day. There is not much I can find fault with in this book. Being a wordy person perhaps a little larger page, so that I can write a longer entry if desired. The book is a handy size if you wanted to carry it with you, but plan to keep it by my bed or laptop and make this a daily ritual once I start. I’ve not tried journaling before so maybe the smaller pages will be perfect for a beginner, but I have a feeling they will fill up quickly. The book would make a lovely gift as well, after all who couldn’t use a little more happy in their lives. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Kristi-Reads More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the companion book to this journal, but the author put her mission statement in the beginning of the journal that gave meaning to this journal and made me want to read the book one day. I got a physical version of this, and the cover is brilliantly designed. It's hard to protect the pages inside but flexible so you can maneuver it to write in the pages without damaging the cover. It's also got a little ribbon as a built in bookmark. What I also love about this book--other than it's a journal and I love journals--is the design of the pages themselves. The journal areas are short enough to not overwhelm you and long enough to write down what you have to say in regards to the prompt. And the prompts? Love them. They aren't too vague nor too specific, so no matter what you do for your daily activities, they apply to your life. I haven't used pencil on these pages or crayons, but the pages take to different kinds of pens really well. I haven't yet had to look at a pen and say "well, can't use that one. Bummer." And also, you can fill in your own dates. Why is this great? Maybe we don't have time to write every single day, especially on overtime days. Maybe this page doesn't apply to my day as well as THAT page does. The fill-in-the-date format lets you do these pages at your own pace, in whatever order you want. Buy this book for you, for a friend, a coworker, or family member. You won't regret it. I got this book for free from Blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.