365 Ways to Have a Good Day
A Day-by-day Guide to Living Your Best Life
by Ian Sanders
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Pub Date 15 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 06 Mar 2023
Nicholas Brealey US, John Murray Learning
"An inspiring, heart-warming, go-getting book... an antidote to apathy." Helen Tupper, co-author of The Squiggly Career
365 WAYS TO HAVE A GOOD DAY is a full year's worth of daily inspiration, tools, habits, actions, and rituals that will help you live your best life. You'll discover surprising insights from psychologists, business leaders, entrepreneurs and designers. You'll explore the benefits of Feierabends and Laughies, have your eyes opened by a dance psychologist, and find out why one senior executive's tattooed fingers help him make the right career choices. You'll learn habit-forming strategies, pick up helpful hacks, and uncover tips for lasting change - all brought to life through real examples and thought-provoking stories that will get you looking at life differently.
You'll meet a cast of characters from around the world who know all about creating success, from the founder of a billion-dollar mindfulness company in California to the Hollywood screenwriter who takes up to eight showers a day to fuel his ideas, and from the Harvard Business School professor who discovered more joy at work by wearing red trainers to the man who every Friday for five years set up a table in central NYC to give advice to strangers, including a gang member on the run.
365 WAYS TO HAVE A GOOD DAY focuses on the small stuff you can do every day to make life better. Because when you get the little things right, the big things follow. Things like figuring out where you're going, hitting reset, designing the life you want, breaking through limiting beliefs, and creating success on your own terms. And when you find what works for you, you can do more of it, making you more productive, more fulfilled, and much happier.
IT'S TIME TO SEIZE THE DAY. ALL 365 OF THEM.
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This title grabbed my attention because, let's face it, who isn't in the market for a good day? The idea of a bite-sized tip each day also appealed to me. So far so good!
As with any book of this nature, some of the suggestions will be more accessible than others. For example, my job will never allow me the flexibility to cancel meetings or spontaneously take the rest of the day off, however beneficial such things may be. Nor am I likely to be in a position where I can up sticks and relocate to another country just because I am happiest while on holiday there.
However, there will be other readers in situations different to mine for whom such suggestions really resonate and the author talks of his own experiences in a very engaging manner, so it was still interesting to read those sections.
In addition, I did find some much more realistic and attainable goals. The message I took from the book was, whatever you do, do it intentionally and mindfully. Don't just get carried along with the tide - advice worth bearing in mind whatever your situation.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and felt it offered some good suggestions with the proviso that, as with so much in life, one size definitely doesn't fit all.
I enjoyed this, it was very positive and just what I love to read.
Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.
365 WAYS TO HAVE A GOOD DAY is a full year's worth of daily inspiration, tools, habits, actions, and rituals that will help you live your best life. A book to read in bite sized pieces but great for affirmations and routine.
Great book with real practical tips for making your day great. I liked the short explanations and the way I could take what I wanted and use it. Very positive and uplifting way to help people have hope and achieve happiness.
This is an excellent book that lives up to it's title. It is written in a unique way which makes it even more special. There are so many valuable lessons in this book.
This is a delightful book to keep on your shelf and pull out whenever you feel yourself getting into a rut or needing a bit of a different perspective.
Not all of the entries are new ideas, but there are enough entries that made me pause, offered a new idea or a way to regain perspective, pushed me towards living a life that is meaningful to me, in accord with my values and goals.
Kudos to the author and John Murray Learning who permitted me to access an e-ARC of this book (scheduled to be published 3/15/22) via NetGalley. All opinions in this review are my own and are freely given
Thank you to NetGalley for providing an advance copy. This book was enjoyable! The author provided practical as well as unique suggestions for having a good day and truly making the most of life. I personally found many takeaways that I plan to use. Now I'm off to enjoy a cup of tea without distractions!
I knew I was going to love this book when I read the author blurb and learned that Ian Sanders' underlying goal is to "spark change" through his work and that he built his career by simply "following his curiosity." At once relatable and aspirational, Sanders telegraphs YOLO motivation, a polymath's mindset, and a life well-lived and well-loved.
Sanders skillfully wraps universally applicable tips in sometimes oddly specific advice (#6 - Get your fingers tattooed) in ways both witty and wise. Some advice comes by way of basic personal development principles like #4 - Look for the positive; #5 - Notice your breathing; #15 - Have good quality relationships; and #24 - Get some downtime. To be fair, in a 365 item list, you'll likely come across some ideas you've heard before. But with Sanders' broad worldview and personal anecdotes, these moments come across more tried and true than trite. He also introduces unfamiliar concepts like the Danish arbejdsglaede; Japanese ikigai; spaghetti lines; the Shultz Hour; the Offternoon; and the Feierabend. Say what now? And those are just from the first two chapters! In total, there are 13 chapters in this book, brimming with inspiration, insight, and information that can truly make a difference between a 'meh' day and a truly good day.
365 Ways to Have a Good Day reminds us that's the little things and our daily habits that build the good days that build a good life. Highly recommended for anyone seeking some fresh insight for a mindset shift or that aha moment to reignite a dimming spark.
I received a digital pre-publication copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I'll be including it in a book blog post on the best new releases for a new mindset. I will also be adding a hardcover edition to my permanent collection upon its March 2022 release.
This small but meaningful book affres a basic text about choosing to create your environment and make your own happiness. It reminds us that everything is within our reach and we must make mindful and conscious efforts to realize and appreciate what we have. Gentle reminders included on having daily practiced gratitude for the small things in life and nurturing our relationships. To make this stick, it’s important to make this a daily habit and to find a balance between self care, hard work and resilience to life’s constantly changing flow. The book includes 365 numbered suggestions on small ways to make life a little happier and reminders on the fact that even through hard times, there is always hope.
Overall, I enjoyed this book as it was easy to follow and I found the suggestions the author made were feasible and realistic - - small steps. The book was written with a positive lens and even with the focus on sometimes negative life circumstances, reminded the reader that nothing was temporary and we have control over how we respond.
This book was full of positivity. I read it over about a week but it would be a great one to read an excerpt from every day. It’s not just inspirational quotes, but full of anecdotes and advice from the author’s life. I enjoyed this and it made me reflect a lot on what brings me joy. Thank you to NetGalley for letting me read this.
Short tidbits for each day that help readers reflect and consider what a good day is to them. There are a wide range of ideas and suggestions. This would be a great book for someone who doesn't have a lot of time in a day to read or who is looking for some quick inspiration. I found many of the days to be intriguing and helpful in reflecting about myself. I didn't connect with topics on some of the days, but I think that's going to be different for each individual.
Great way to start your morning. What a positive book for the crazy,dark times we are living in. Sanders brings joy to his readers by helping them start each day with a happy thought that will allow them to have a positive day. The kind of book our world needs now. Highly recommend!
This book is fab! I love that it doesn’t over complicate what it’s trying to achieve. There are no great big, long chapters to wade through in order to find the nuggets of info or ideas that might inspire you do something that will have a positive impact on you and your mental health and well-being. No, this book is literally a book made up of nuggets, anecdotes, examples that are all taken from life experience.
Not everything in this book will make sense to everyone, but with 365 offerings there are bound to be some for most of us.
A great book that I would definitely recommend.
My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this book in return for an honest review.
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