Book Review: The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman – A Engaging, Practical Self-Help Memoir
Title: The Joy Plan
Author: Kaia Roman
Genre: Self-Help, Memoir
Publication Date: July 14th, 2017
I received a copy of this book for free in return for an honest review.
My thoughts on the book:
I have been surprised by a lot of books this year, more so than over the last few years, and I hope this will be a continuous trend, as – in my opinion, books, no matter what genre or subject – should make you grow from the experience of having read them. The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman is on that ever growing list.
This quick to read self-help book is a raw, emotional read that is a lot more practical than what I first envisioned it to be. I can relate to her sentiment of finding it liberating to discover one’s true nature hidden under a heap of accumulated trash. Been there, done that – hope to have learned that lesson, as much as the Author of this book has. Her journey from anxiety and depression toward a positive, and happy person was moving, and inspirational. I am not usually a fan of “memoir” style books but this book asks you to take action, and not just merely read a story of the Author’s life, which makes it probably the most practical memoir I have ever read.
Her take on practicing mindfulness using her senses, specifically taste, was nicely confirming what I have found true and valuable in my own daily practice. What brought this book home for me most, was the practical exercises that allowed the reader to create their own joy plan. It was very action-oriented, detailed and positive.
The Joy Plan is a very inspirational (and entertaining) self-help book, which I am unlikely to forget.
4.5 out of 5 Stars
As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her biggest plan, the business she co-founded, 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 month long 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.