Anne Peterson

Healing words for wounded souls.

Is “Happy Every Day” a Book for You?

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“Don’t Worry-be Happy,” hit the airwaves in the 80’s. A lighthearted, bouncy song. Years earlier in 1927, “Let a Smile be Your Umbrella,” made its debut, simplistic in its suggestions. If you look too lightly you might think “Happy Every Day,” has the same message. But you would be wrong. There’s so much more tucked inside this book.

Hutchinson’s previous books reveal getting to this place of happiness was not an easy climb. Understanding the struggles people face, he discovered how we look at our lives can make our situations easier or harder. This is a handbook of practical ideas we can implement daily.

Life is hard. Turning on the news, we’re hit with negatives to process.  Every day we’re bombarded with challenges as well as naysayers. Some of the biggest are the voices in our own heads. Bryan learned how to fight those negatives. And realizing the benefits, he openly shares them with his readers.

Is this book for you?

Happy Every Day,” will help those who previously thought happiness was unattainable. It can help those who get bogged down with life. His book utilizes journaling, a tried and true method of ridding yourself of negative thoughts. You’ll also be shown how to effectively change negative self-talk.

But there are people who are stuck in their unhappiness. People uncomfortable around happiness. Perhaps their lives were difficult, painful lives. Perhaps unhappiness is all they’ve ever known.

Hutchinson shares a quote from Angela Monet, “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”

Everyone may not appreciate this book and what he tries to convey. Maybe not now, maybe never.

Not a Pollyanna book

Never does the author promise we can be happy all the time. But instead, that we can cultivate happiness every day. Two very different things.

Helen Keller said, “I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a man-made world.”

Wise King Solomon said, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” So while this is not a new concept, it still gives us a fresh look at how to change our thinking. Hutchinson is the author of two blogs, Positive Writer, and Positive Thinking and ADHD. It’s his desire to see others freed from the negative thinking which plagued him. Being unhappy stifles creativity. He wants us to be the creative people we were made to be.

Our attitudes matter

Charles Swindoll said, “We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

Hutchinson encourages us: to learn something new, to laugh, to be present in the moment, to consider others. Practical advice for everyone.

Please don’t think Happy Every Day is a magic book. It’s really more of a workbook. If you’re willing to do the work, you will see results.

We were never promised life would be easy. But no matter what we encounter in life, maybe we can learn how to be happy. To somehow be happy every day.

To read about or order Happy Every Day, click HERE.

About Anne Peterson

I write words you can feel, sometimes they rhyme. If I'm not writing, I'm telling stories from my head, to little ones who call me grandma.

6 Replies

  1. I love the cover of this book so much, but I probably wouldn’t have read it without your recommendation. It sounds like something I could really get into.

    1. Kathleen,
      Glad you’ll give it a try. It feels good to know someone who struggled can get to happy.

  2. Anne I am looking forward to reading it, have downloaded it and after your book it will be next in line. Great review! Thank you.

    1. Kath,
      That’s great that you are gonna try it out.

  3. Your review of Happy Every Day is thought provoking. You really need to ‘do the work’ in order to see the results.

  4. Patricia,

    I realized when I read Bryan’s book that the results are up to us. Years ago there was a book written entitled, “Happiness is a Choice,” by Frank Minirth and Paul Meier. It kind of reminds me of when Jesus asked the lame man if he wanted to be healed. I think there are some people who don’t realize it is a choice. I’m not talking about those who are clinically depressed, I’m talking about those of us who choose what we will dwell on, who choose who we surround ourselves with. A lot of what Bryan recommended was tools. But we have to use them.

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