Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy Journal

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Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a sucker for daily challenges, journals and fill in the blank booklets. You can catch me every morning, curled up with a cup of coffee in my armchair, doing my daily routine of Bible study and daily journaling.

So when I had the opportunity to receive the Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy Journal by Karen Salmansohn from Blogging for Books in exchange for writing this review, I jumped on it!

About the Book

Book description via Amazon.com:
Brighten your day with this colorful journal from happiness expert Karen Salmansohn. Jam-packed with 365 “happiness prompters” including motivational quotes, scientific studies, and thought-provoking questions, this journal amps up your ability to notice (and create!) moments of joy and gratitude in your life—one day at a time.

My Thoughts on the Book

Now, this review is a long time coming, so forgive me! I actually started this book, classic OCD style, on January 1st, to ring in the New Year with some happy! I maintained my religious level of happy journaling for a good four months before I petered out. (Though not because of the books contents, more because my hectic mornings demanded I drop something in my daily ritual, and this was one of the first to go.)
But my thoughts on this book are quite positive! It is an effective means of recentering, and refocusing on what really matters in life. So often we tend to focus on the not-so-positive things, and this book is an easy to use, super quick prompter of happy and positivity.
Basically, this journal has daily one line happiness prompters to encourage you to reflect on those things in your day or life that bring joy, love, and happiness. These daily prompts help you focus on the positive, and that can change your whole outlook on life and benefit you in many ways.
So, when using this journal, did I find that my focus shifted to the happy aspects of life? In some ways, yes! I did find myself thinking back on my thoughtful entries from the morning to give myself strength when things got dull, or upsetting, or unpleasant. But I think it really depends on how much thought you put into it (like many things in life). If you really reflect on these daily happiness prompts, I do believe you will have more joy in our life and will in turn want to share that joy with others.
It’s not hard to take 5 minutes each day to think of and write about the daily prompts. So if daily journaling is your cup of tea, I say give this book a try!
[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me initiating contact and incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]

I would recommend this journal to people who are searching for more happiness in their daily life, or people who need to change their outlook from negative to positive. I think that these daily happiness prompters could benefit just about everyone!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.


Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com


Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

50 thoughts on “Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy Journal

  • 20 July, 2016 at 11:26 am
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    I’m a big fan of journaling, gratitude lists, and writing out my conversations with God. Sadly, blogging has creeped in, nudging it all to the side.

    Yours is a good prompt to remember what truly matters. Thanks, friend …

    • 20 July, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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      I was just telling my husband how much I treasure and value journaling, especially keeping prayer journals.. what better way to count blessings than to read fears, thoughts, hopes and dreams from years ago and see how it all is in Gods hands?! <3 <3

  • 20 July, 2016 at 12:17 pm
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    This is right up my alley! I am very much a journal/stationary/office supply horder AND I can’t turn down a challenge. I’m going to have to look into picking this one up 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.

    • 20 July, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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      If you do, please let me now what you think of it!! <3

    • 20 July, 2016 at 6:38 pm
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      I thought so! <3 Thanks for stopping by!

  • 20 July, 2016 at 6:04 pm
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    This sounds cool!

    I actually keep my own joy journal. I write about whatever I loved, made me happy, etc. as often as I can. It really does increase contentment!

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

    • 20 July, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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      I need to be more consistent in my journaling.. but yes, I have noticed an increase in contentment when making a point to count blessings! <3

    • 21 July, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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      Ill go check it out right now! <3

    • 21 July, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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      It was! You should check it out!

  • 21 July, 2016 at 1:06 am
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    Gingi, gratitude lists are awesome… when I actually take the time to write them down, they do help me to feel more positive… which is why I wonder why I let it go … Once I am working from home, which I do hope is really soon… I am going to use that time in the morning to do things like this xox

    • 21 July, 2016 at 10:03 pm
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      Awww, let me know how it works out for you! I think that is something you would stick to!

  • 21 July, 2016 at 3:18 am
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    I am so, so horrible at keeping a journal. I really need to do better. I think I could for sure do it with a happy journal. That is about the coolest thing ever!

    • 21 July, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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      You dont strike me as the bad with journaling type, that really surprises me!!

    • 21 July, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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      You too sweetie! <3 <3 <3

    • 22 July, 2016 at 3:29 pm
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      I think you may have commented on the wrong post! lol!

    • 22 July, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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      You should get one! Only $11 on Amazon, haha..

    • 22 July, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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      No problem, thanks for stopping by Lisa! <3

    • 22 July, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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      You to dear! *kisses*

  • 22 July, 2016 at 10:54 am
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    Maybe it’s time for me to get a journey to record down my activities. Cool post, dear! xoxo

    • 22 July, 2016 at 3:33 pm
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      You should, it is always fun to look back on and review!

    • 22 July, 2016 at 3:35 pm
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      If you are chasing happiness, your blog looks like you are doing a good job, haha! <3 😉

  • 22 July, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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    I am a huge fan of keeping a journal, I just need to get better about fitting it into my routine. 🙂 This looks like a lot of fun, thanks!

    • 22 July, 2016 at 3:36 pm
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      Yeah, thats the tricky part, haha! 😉

    • 24 July, 2016 at 1:31 am
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      Of course! Thanks for reading! <3

    • 24 July, 2016 at 1:32 am
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      You should check it out! <3

    • 24 July, 2016 at 7:31 pm
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      Yeah, it is always so fun to go back and reread old words! <3

    • 25 July, 2016 at 7:07 pm
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      You should! It was fun!

    • 25 July, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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      You too sweetie! <3

    • 26 July, 2016 at 4:21 pm
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      <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    • 27 July, 2016 at 6:57 pm
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      Awwwww, thank you sweetie! <3

    • 4 August, 2016 at 1:20 am
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      Yes!!! I miss my writing each morning, and plan to start it up again SOON!

  • 16 August, 2016 at 10:18 am
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    There really is something about writing your thoughts instead of typing it… It’s nice to be reminded of how we do things before technology.

    AFU

    • 16 August, 2016 at 10:51 pm
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      Right? It somehow makes it feel more real and personal…

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