I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. Admittedly, being a grad student I haven’t done a lot of leisurely reading even though I really love reading! I worked in a library in high school and thought a great deal between going into library science (I was interested in archives) and ESL when I applied for my masters.
When I saw this book, I thought Instant Happy Journal by Karen Salmansohn was a great alternative to the large books I normally read. Instead of having to follow a plot line, the book is full of 365 writing prompts to help you see something good in your day. I already write down little things that make me happy everyday, but I liked that this was more constructive and made me think harder.
Each page has a fill-in-the-blank date so that you can fill out the journal at your own pace (because I’m not the only one that starts ripping out pages and has to start over if I have a big time gap, right…?) and has a variety of inspirational quotes or writing prompts that range from very light hearted to something a counselor would probably ask you. I found a lot of the prompts especially touching with my goal of the year to press forward.
This is one of my favorite prompts:
View your life with KINDSIGHT. Instead of slapping your forehead and asking, “What was I thinking?” pause and ask the kinder question: “What was I learning?”
This writing prompt is really high up there too:
“Kaizen is the believe that small changes over time can add up to big changes over time. What’s a small change you can start doing now to create big change later?
The book was cute and the insides are fairly gender neutral in design, but I thought the book needed more direct writing prompts instead of quotes where you free-write. I can see bloggers buying this to help them with writing prompts or it would be a cute present or stocking stuff for someone. The book is relatively small, but pretty thick; however, I was a little surprised by the $17.00 price tag.