The Joy Plan: How I Took 30 Days to Stop Worrying, Quit Complaining, and Find Ridiculous Happiness

The Joy Plan: How I Took 30 Days to Stop Worrying, Quit Complaining, and Find Ridiculous Happiness

by Kaia Roman


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As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her biggest plan, the business she cofounded, collapsed, Kaia found herself crushed by depression. And what felt even worse was that, with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn't have a plan to move forward.

Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained habits of stress and anxiety behind her, Kaia decided to put everything else on hold and dedicate thirty days to the singular pursuit of joy. The results were astonishing—and lasted much longer than the initial monthlong project.

In this uplifting and eye-opening memoir, Kaia uses her business savvy to create a concrete Joy Plan to get back on her feet fast. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters, and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more joyful existence, Kaia teaches readers how to move past temporary happiness and succeed in creating joy that lasts.

Complete with advice, exercises, and key takeaways, The Joy Plan is Kaia's step-by-step guide to how she, and everyone else, can ditch the negative and plan for the joy in their lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492648765
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 719,278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kaia Roman has a twenty-year background in public relations and marketing. She is currently a Mindfulness Teacher for elementary school students and a regular contributor to numerous mindfulness, happiness, and wellbeing blogs. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 Background (How did I end up here?) 1

Chapter 1 Now What? 3

Chapter 2 The Bitch in My Head 17

Chapter 3 Know Thyself 29

Part 2 Strategy (The PLAN!) 39

Chapter 4 Does This Feel Good? 41

Chapter 5 Reboot: From Stressed to Blessed 55

Chapter 6 Mindfulness Over Matter 65

Chapter 7 Eat, Play, Love 77

Part 3 Challenges (I thought this would be easier.) 93

Chapter 8 The Quest for Happy Hormones 95

Chapter 9 Let It Go, Let It Go 105

Chapter 10 Complaining Versus Creating 121

Part 4 Team (These are my people.) 133

Chapter 11 That's True Love 135

Chapter 12 Personal Board of Directors 147

Chapter 13 Kids and Other Spiritual Teachers 157

Part 5 Projections (Light up the future!) 169

Chapter 14 Writing a New Story 171

Chapter 15 Exercising the Joy Muscle 183

Chapter 16 Joy Is Contagious 195

Chapter 17 The Journey That Counts 205

Afterword 217

Appendix: Create Your Own Joy Plan 233

The Joy Plan Discussion Guide 248

Endnotes 255

References and Resources 272

Index 289

Acknowledgments 300

About the Author 303

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