Sunday, January 7, 2018

21 Days to Happiness Book Review

To be honest, I've fallen into a depression in the past several months.  It's not something I talk about much.  When the opportunity to review 21 Days of Happiness: Increase Your Happiness, Productivity and Energy by Ingrid Kelada presented itself, I jumped at the chance.

About the Book: Feeling busy, overwhelmed, or stressed has become "normal" in our society, but you don't have to feel this way.  You don't have to hope for happiness.  Happiness is something you can choose, and this book will show you how.

Ingrid Kelada, psychologist and happiness expert, provides a step-by-step guide to increasing your happiness and motivation in this book.  The strategies she lays out in this book take only 10 minutes a day.  Each day focuses on a different area of your life.

  • Time: Learn how to effectively manage your time and reduce chaos.
  • Relationships: Relationships have a huge impact on your happiness.  This book offers advice on how to make the most of them.
  • Body Language: This book explores the link between body language and happiness.
  • Work: Learn to identify your strengths and become more engaged and motivated in the work place.  Find meaning in your work.
My Thoughts: While I enjoy self-help books, I was pleased that this isn't your typical self-help book.  Kelada backs everything up with empirical research.  I found the study results she included in the book very fascinating.  The results also lend credibility to her advice.  

Kelada's advice is practical and very doable.  I found that I already do a few of the things she suggests in her book, such as making gratitude lists and listening to music, but there are many things she suggests that I don't do that could increase my happiness level, and I plan to incorporate those into my life.  

At the end of each section, she has a, "How I Put This Into Practice," subsection.  I found these subsections to be very helpful.  I appreciate the author's willingness to be vulnerable, sharing her experiences with us.  

Kelada provides an action plan in the subsection, "Try This Now," located at the end of each day's section as well.  The suggestions she gives in these subsections are practical and easy to complete.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to increase their happiness.  

About the Author: Ingrid Kelada is a psychologist and happiness expert with more than 25 years of experiennce.  She has facilitated more than 1,000 workshops and conference worldwide. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "21 Days to Happiness: Increase Your Happiness, Productivity and Energy," by Ingrid Kelada for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the book did not influence my opinions in any way.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own. 


  1. This sounds like a good book. I can certainly understand your depression at this time with your sweet girl being so sick. XO

  2. Interesting! I may check this book out; I'm always so worried and nervous.

  3. Great review! We could all use some happy any old time.

  4. I can understand you being depressed. It is not at all surprising with all you are going through. I am also suffering from it after 3 years of nursing Flynn and then losing him and also my health issues. I think the main cause is the medication I have to take, but I have no alternative than to continue with it. I wish you and lita well, and of course Carmine too.

  5. That sounds like a really good book, and so many people battle depression in the winter months.

  6. I do hope you find that that book will help you through a tough part in your life. Purrs and pawyers and hugs.