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Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Details:    Book Title: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life Author: Clare Hudson Genre: self-help, creativity, motivation Publishing Date: December 19, 2016 Publisher: Amazon Digital Services   My Thoughts:  30 Day Challenges are all over the internet, not just…

Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 – A Little, Yet Powerfully Positive Book

Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 – A Little, Yet Powerfully Positive Book

Are you looking for a little book filled with happiness? Then let me introduce you to Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 by Jarls Forsman and Steve Sekhon Bite Size Happiness is filled with tiny nuggets of beautiful wisdom, that range from profound to simply…

Choose To Be Happy: Happier Human – A Book Review

Choose To Be Happy: Happier Human – A Book Review

Welcome to my review of Happier Human


Choose to be Happy: Happier Human - A Book ReviewTitle: Happier Human

Author: S. J. Scott

Publication Date: February 27th, 2019

Genre: Self-help


Can you really choose to be happy, make a conscious choice, that no matter what your circumstances are, you can achieve happiness? As I am pursuing this question for myself, I have come across some interesting books that also ask that same question, and are trying to provide us with answers. But does Happier Human accomplish that?


My Review of Happier Human:

The book starts out with a quick set of rules:



  1. Focus on what truly matters
  2. Disregard or at least limit the exposure to that which makes you unhappy
  3. Create supporting habits to achieve rule one and rule two

These rules or I would rather call them guiding posts, resonate deeply with me, and are reflected in many other books in the same subject. However, I found that making them the first focal point of the book, was an effective strategy, even if it ends up being the only most important points in the entire work.

After that strong start, the book became quite dry, reading more like a scientific exploration of the subject, rather than the practice of it. While I think it is important to dig deeper into the mechanics of happiness, overdoing it, by focusing on the technical aspects too long, made me lose interest, and it became a drag to read further.   I was really not expecting – or looking for – a book on the science of emotions or happiness, rather than action steps toward a more happier life, especially considering that the book’s description promises a much more actionable volume.

Once I made it through this section, the tone thankfully changed.

There were a lot of discovery questions that easily could be used as journal-style questions, which are well thought out, as a tool for self-discovery.

Because of that, though, book seems to be more like a self-help book, assisting you to restructure your life toward your personal life goals, rather than one specifically working toward the emotion of happiness, even though it is absolutely possible that one can become at least more happy just by working through the questions laid out here – which are a lot.

As a reader, of Happier Human, you should ready to pull out a journal and be willing to do some work, otherwise, this book will lose its usefulness.

Some of the more profound questions in Happier Human are:

  • What items are causing the most distraction from focusing on my vital few?
  • How can I add a little more enjoyment to my working day?
  • Who are the people I spend 20 percent of my time around who cause me 80 percent of my unhappiness, anger, and anxiety?
  • How can I reduce the time spent with them, or even completely remove them from my life?

But don’t get me wrong, this book is NOT a journal, and not intended to be one. It is a book that asks you, however, to look at the hard questions, and choices you need to make to be lastingly happy. I am sure, however, that you will run into a few aspects you may not agree with, but that does not diminish the advice given.

My review continues below this video on happiness:


Some parts I did not like or agreed with:

  • He suggests not to use affirmations. Sure, not properly utilized, such as in conjunction with other positive thinking techniques, they can be quite useless, but it is a bit too much for me to dismiss them downright in their entirety. Even Tony Robbins, uses incantations, which are a variant of affirmations, often in connection with movement or a “ritual” of some sort. One of these examples would be the pre-performance ritual he does, before each seminar he gives (if you want to have an in-depth look into how his rituals work, check out the Netflix documentary “I Am Not Your Guru”, which was quite enlightening.
  • His complete dismissal of porn. While I personally do not use porn, it is not the death to relationships, or intimacy in an as clear cut of a way, as the Author makes it sound. It is such a superficial way of blaming an outside “thing” for underlying problems, just as they do with gaming, which in itself is not a problem. It can become on if there is some other issue tied to the process.
  • His insistence (however only in one section of the book) that joining a worship group is superior to joining a non-religious group, such as a book club, to find a meaningful connection. That is not true, as there are many associations, communities, and groups that are formed on the basis of secular thought, or purpose, with equally profound meaning and connection.

There are a LOT of links in this book to outside resources. While I appreciate some of them, it is a little much, considering the massive amount of them in every chapter. Instead of using the links to guide me, the Author should have included that information in the book itself. The massive amount of links, made me feel overwhelmed, and I ended up ignoring all of them completely.


Happier Human is not the book that I expected, but it is nevertheless a useful self-discovery tool, that should be read with a critical mindset. Even if you do not agree with all of the information presented in the book, it is worth picking out some of the detailed journal-style questions for further exploration.

However, if you are looking for a book that focuses on how you practically can choose to be happy, you are better off finding a different work in this genre.

Book Rating

3.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Author

S.J. Scott has published several self-help books, including the popular Habit Stacking (which I personally preferred in content and style over this book).

In his books, S.J. provides daily action plans for every area of your life: health, fitness, work and personal relationships. Unlike other personal development guides, his content focuses on taking action. So instead of reading over-hyped strategies that rarely work in the real world, you’ll get information that can be immediately implemented.

When not writing, S.J. likes to read, exercise and explore the different parts of the world.


How To Be More Productive When Working From Home And More:  The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

How To Be More Productive When Working From Home And More: The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

Title: The Productivity Project Author: Chris Bailey Publisher: Random House Genre: Self-Help, Productivity Publication Date: January 5th, 2016   My Review: Ever wondered why some people seem to achieve so much, yet they have the same amount of time available to them – 24 hours…

Book Review: Capturing Darkness With Light by Mary Sago

Book Review: Capturing Darkness With Light by Mary Sago

Book Details: Title: Capturing Darkness With Light  Author: Mary Sago Publication Date: April 24th, 2016 Genre: Self-Help My thoughts: Insightful, powerful and emotional, Capturing Darkness With Light is a well-written, comforting read, that allows the reader to embrace hope, even in darker times. The Author’s…

Book Review: The True Language of Love by Sean Azimov

Book Review: The True Language of Love by Sean Azimov

Book Details:
Author: Sean Azimov
Publication Date: May 15th, 2017
Genre: Self-Help
My Thoughts: 
The True Language of Love is a thorough, and well-researched book with a little bit of a different – sometimes scientific – approach to the topic, with many practical tidbits of information, that are applicable. After all, isn’t that why we read Self-help books – to be given information that we can actually use? This book, thankfully, does this very well, the caring tone of the Author not taking away from the practicality of it.
From the moment I picked up the book, and read the summary, I was excited, especially when I found that there was a chapter labeled “Healing Childhood Memories”. So many Authors who write about self-help overlook the impact one’s childhood has on the ability to love, and find happiness, that it was refreshing to find a book that did not overlook this important truth.
This book focuses on the most important version of love – self-love, and how to achieve it. Practical, and warm, it covers a lot of information, both from the emotional and physical side of how to create the life of your dreams. Self-love is the basis for any kind of happiness, and ability to form meaningful relationships, and with that, The True Language of Love is an important, impactful read.
At times, I wished I had a book like this when I was younger, it would have made it possible to avoid a lot of downsides, and pitfalls, throughout the years, but it is never too late to learn how to improve oneself, in a profound manner – no matter how many people try to tell you that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.
I enjoyed reading this book, not only because of the tons of useful information, but because it was written with such care, that it became a pleasant read, like having a conversation with someone who truly cares for you, and wants you to experience the best life possible.
Book Rating
5 out of 5 Stars
Book Summary:
Are you interested in increasing your emotional intelligence? Do you want to learn how to analyze people and their intentions? How about getting over your anxiety, depression, attachments, codependency, fears, past hurts, negative experiences, loneliness, a broken-heart, bad habits (binge eating, compulsions, addictions, obsessive ruminations, negative self-talk) and myriad of other self-sabotaging behaviors? Have you been searching for real-deal solutions to attain more happiness, success, clarity, emotional freedom and abundance? Do you want to improve your confidence and self-image? Are you ready to have that kind of motivation (every day) that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning while becoming unstoppable in all you do? If you said YES, then you will want to embark on this spiritual and life-changing journey today! So often we hope that tomorrow will be different… and only find tomorrow being the repetition of today! Do you ever wonder why? The answer is simple, if you don’t like what you are getting… then change what you are doing. And to do just that, this book will guide you through a road less-traveled so that you have everything you need to recreate your life experience anew. This new experience will make you mentally strong and emotionally grounded… so that no one can push your buttons ever again. And this journey will bring you to place of peace, forgiveness and healing. You will learn how to naturally control and balance your neurochemistry for ultimate success and happiness — in less than 2 weeks, it’s time to get yourself unstuck. Better yet, this book is packed with many NEW discoveries, step-by-step techniques and exercises that have never been published before — all of it is for you to take and implement… right here and right now! By implementing the above, you can easily change your karma… which in turn will have the most positive butterfly effect on your sum-total experience of life like never before. Often, people will say to just be happy, be confident, believe in yourself, just do it. But nobody seems to be able to share exactly HOW to do it. Perhaps what has worked for one person may not be something that will work for others. We are all different in so many ways and similar in others. Inspirational words and good advice have their place in our lives, but more often than not, it is simply not enough. Because if it was, then everyone would have the life they’ve always wanted already, wouldn’t they? A journey to attain your highest success and happiness will begin for you with this first step. Because there will come a time in your life when you will be presented with a challenging and perplexing event, and you will look back to this moment… and you will say to yourself, “I have to read The True Language of Love now.” We know that now is the only time that matters. It could be exactly just what you have waited for… all this time!
Book Review Show What You Are Made Of by Marie Frappier – A Honest, and Insightful Look Into Personal Transformation

Book Review Show What You Are Made Of by Marie Frappier – A Honest, and Insightful Look Into Personal Transformation

Book Details: Title: Show What You Are Made Of – Live The Life You Deserve Author: Marie Frappier Publication Date: December 6th, 2017 Genre: Self-Help My Thoughts Show What You Are Made Of is incredibly personal and insightful, something that is rare to see. The honest…

Book Review: Workbook – The 5 Second Rule – A Useful Addition To The Original?

Book Review: Workbook – The 5 Second Rule – A Useful Addition To The Original?

Title: Workbook – The 5 Second Rule Author: Julie Ann Price Genre: Self-help, Self-Improvement Publisher: W.O.O. Publishing Publication Date: June 20th, 2017 My Thoughts: I am wary of books that are based on other books, in general. However, I do enjoy workbooks and find them…

Book Review: Cheap Psychological Tricks – How to Get What You Want and Be Happy

Book Review: Cheap Psychological Tricks – How to Get What You Want and Be Happy

Book Details:

Title: Cheap Psychological Tricks

Author: Perry W. Buffington

Publisher: MJF Books

Genre: Self-Help, Psychology


My thoughts:


This little book packs a lot more punch, then you may expect when you look at it for the first time. It is skinny, has a relatively plain – but cute – cover, and not much fuss, but then it is time to take a peek inside and discover it’s true depth.

Cheap Psychological Tricks covers a wide variety of subjects, from relationships to potty training, to success, and dieting. With a book that has such a wide subject range, you would think it would be shallow, but quite the contrary. While all points are made quickly – and like I mentioned without any fuzz – they are powerful in their small package and give the reader much to ponder over.

This is not necessarily a book you need to read from cover to cover – some topics, such as the parenting of small children, don’t apply to everyone – so don’t waste your time on those unless you are truly curious. Well, you never know you may be able to share your newfound wisdom with someone who is in need of a little pick me up or advice?

I truly enjoyed reading this book and will check back with it often, as I am working myself through the notes I have made – after all, what worth is a self-help book if you don’t apply what you have learned?

If you are looking for a quick read, and a few common sense tips on a wide variety of subjects, Cheap Psychological Tricks will be a perfect fit!


Book Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars


Book Summary:

“Sometimes patience, dedication, and old-fashioned hard work just aren’t enough. That’s when you need to turn to “cheap psychological Tricks-unusual tactics and sly strategies that will help you reach your goals in virtually any situation. With psychologist Perry Buffington as your guide, this book takes you on a tour of human behavior and shows you how to use its unexpected twists and quirks to help you (among other things): *Get a Raise *Improve your test scores without studying *Avoid Speeding Tickets *Help your baby sleep *Potty train little boys *Avoid Overeating *Make someone fall in love with you

Book Review: Simple Steps to Photographic Memory by Stefan Cain

Book Review: Simple Steps to Photographic Memory by Stefan Cain

Title: Simple Steps to Photographic Memory: Even the average Joe can do it now Author: Stefan Cain Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: November 28th, 2016 Genre: Self-Help, Health   My thoughts:   Before reading Simple Steps to Photographic Memory by Stefan Cain, I had made the…