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365 Ways to Have a Good Day

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Just a collection of diary thoughts. It’s too bitty for me and looks like someone’s planner for their Twitter thread.
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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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The best book so far in the non fiction I have read.
This is a must have on every bedside, in every bookshelf.
Keep coming back to random pages for inspiration.

Thank you Netgalley and Nicholas Brealey, John Murray learning for the ARC
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This book is a great little book for anyone looking to read an inspirational quote or paragraph each day. I like how it is numbered and not dated so that you can start any day of the year.   The author uses personal experiences and insights, which make it relatable.  Some items did not resonate with me, such as: get your fingers tattooed, but there are so many others that are relevant. Some tips/scenarios may resonate with some and not with others, but that is the beauty of having 365. I wish that the book was more visually appealing. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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A well written and inspiring book with lots of useful (some not so useful) tips for making the most of life.
One to dip into I think when stuck in the doldrums.
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This was a good read, especially if you work for yourself or work a lot. Some things repeat, some stuff is unattainable for all (e.g. live in a city where life happens outside, live in a 15 minute city, etc.) but there are reminders we can all benefit from like remembering to move our bodies every day, especially if we're confined to a desk for the majority of it. You can boil the overall message down to: take breaks, do what motivates or excites you, and determine your own idea of success. 

Some of my favorite suggestions were: #322 Turn Left: "Turning left is how I make choices in my life. Taking the path that is marked ME." and #357 Throw a Party for One: Celebrating your successes even if you're your own boss. And of course #358: read for pleasure!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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365 ways to have a good day, now this is something we all know and don't pay any attention to. The author presents ways where if we paid a bit of attention to like small things around us we might end up enjoying and have a good day.

I found some of the way, tips useful.
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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.
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This was a great idea, to dip in and out of advice to reframe your year into positives and some of the advice was great.

However the author is coming from an exceptionally privileged position - white, male, middle class with a family. Saying off the cuff remarks such as stay on horrendous dating apps because just as I was about to delete it i met my wife. Or walk to work cos you live 15 mins away. Skip meetings. Sorry but not everyone can do that. 

I also didn't dip in and out but read it in sections and found some of the stories and advice incredibly repetitive and as I have never read anything previously by the author didnt need so much on his life experiences but wanted actual tangible help.

Having said that I think its a nice book.

Thank you for the arc.
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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
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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!
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3.5 stars.  There is good advice in here.   The overarching themes--seek connection, spend your time and energy mindfully, cultivate new experience--are solid.   That said, this book is just distractingly full of unacknowledged privilege.  It appears to be written by and for a small audience of people who have comfortable jobs with autonomy, disposable income, and the option to travel frequently.    It's a little hard to swallow tossed-off bits of advice like "skip a conference session at the convention your job is apparently paying you to play hooky at" or "live in a 15-minute neighborhood because there's plenty of affordable housing in convenient, walkable areas" or "talk to the cleaner" (!!!).   

As with everything, take what you can use and leave the rest.  But, if you're not picking this up from a similarly well-off position as the author, it may be more of an experience in aggravation than inspiration.  

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.
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(Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for a honest review)

Publication date: 15 March 2022
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey US

I liked that this book had so many ways to make your day better, it felt like a perk-me-up especially when you are going through a tough phase. He also shared ways for action and things to attempt that could make your life better. 

But it felt like a small collection of the author's stories and felt a little repetitive. Not all were ways that I could relate/agree with/would do. 

Overall a good book for reflection.
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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.
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To be very honest, for the first half of this book my rating was hovering around a three.
It is basically a list with amusing and explanatory anecdotes.
In the second half of the book something clicked and my appreciation rose.
I won't say that every one of the 365 entries was brilliant or spoke to me personally but overall it is a worthwhile read and I enjoyed it.
Between the covers I discovered resources and podcasts to look into further.
Although I am not a coffee (or tea) drinker, I think Ian and I could share pleasant moments in a social establishment. I am going to be looking for more opportunities to "get high," or seek out new perspectives.
Ian shares that life will never be all smooth sailing, but remember that in order to best appreciate the sunshine and the highs one must also experience lows and shadows.
It is in the contrasts that impressions are made.
Many wonderful suggestions are offered for changing perspective, reevaluating life as it is and making changes for better experiences.

This is the sort of book one will read more than once. I took notes and will phrase them for myself slightly differently. I will make myself a set of flash cards for inspiration and motivation.
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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.
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