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How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad): A Creative Workbook Paperback – May 5, 2015
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"This book made me nervous when I first scanned through it because I knew it would work! This isn't a self-help book; it's more of a blue-collar, get-down-to-business friend with calloused hands who is ready to boogie when you are. This book is about action, but also acknowledgment. There are no platitudes and its author is no Pollyanna. It's an explicit map that leads to a place where you're going to feel measurably better, and better equipped to face life's vicissitudes."
— Rob Delaney, comedian
"This book does the work that I believe is most worthwhile – it does not hand you answers, it sets you up to find them yourself. One of the most accessible, relatable, unique and flawlessly crafted books that I have ever seen. A must have, a must read, a must do."
— Brianna Wiest, author of The Human Element
"Taking the small incremental steps toward conquering depression takes courage, and even then, it helps to have any compassionate guidance you can find. How To Be Happy (Or At Least Less Sad) comes from a knowing, forgiving place. Its intentions are sincere. When I first read it I thought: I could have used a book like this. And then I thought: I still can use a book like this."
— Jason Porter, author of Why Are You So Sad?
"This book (How To Be Happy) is the kind of friend I want around when I'm feeling sad. He lets me vent without judging me, gives me a little guidance, reminds me that I'm not alone, and lets me draw all over him with colored pencils."
— Lisa Currie, author of The Scribble Diary and Me, You, Us
“Whether you are just having a random sad day, or whether your bad days come a little bit more frequently than that, Lee’s book will help you shine a new light on your life. Filled with thoughtful, simple and heart-opening exercises, plus snippets and stories from the author’s own struggles, this book will give you a new lens that will help you get through the rough patches, week-by-week, day-by-day or minute-by-minute if that’s all you can handle. Fill out these pages. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And you’ll be blown away by what you discover about your own ability to feel happy. Or at least less sad.”
— Bernadette Noll, author of Slow Family Living
“A breath of fresh air...This is a wonderful tool for anyone struggling with depression—or even just feeling blah.”
About the Author
Lee Crutchley is an illustrator and designer, and the author of The Art of Getting Started.
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Even though I am using this as a tool to work through my mental health challenges, I think this book is a great option for anyone who feels in a rut or just wants to do a little soul searching. I'm looking forward to what other tools I'll discover in this little gem.
Personally, I don't actually write in this book but copy my prompts into a different notebook. That way I can reuse this book or lend it out to a friend who might need it.
Another book which I would recommend buying in conjunction with this one is "Start Where You Are", which is apparently quite popular on Amazon. I feel that the content of these books goes hand in hand. Many of the exercises are similar in themes. However, that book is filled with cheery colors and lots of inspirational quotations; this book is inked in black and white, and might be better for someone who is depressed while stepping into self-examination with a journal for the first time.
I recommend going slow and keeping an open mind if you choose to order it. I feel grateful for this book right now.
I actually emailed a link to the book to an art therapist I know, and she was intrigued enough to purchase it herself. After she reviewed it she said she planned to incorporate some of the exercises into her classes.
Well worth the price and it's fun to work in, too!
I also bought some other books you will likely see in the recommendations for this book. I bough "52 lists for happiness" and "Pick me up: A pep talk for now & later." You can see my full reviews on their individual product pages, but I wanted to make some brief comparisons. This book is meant to be filled out in a fairly linear manner, unlike "Pick me up." I liked being able to just flip to a random page and fill it out. "How to be happy" feels more like a journey I am meant to go on in a stepwise manner. Some people may prefer that structure so it is worth mentioning. "How to be happy" is the shortest book of the 3. It is about 2/3rds the size of the other two books I bought. It is also very heavy on drawing prompts. I am not terribly artistic so I found that to be frustrating. I prefer lists which is why the "52 lists for happiness" has ended up as my favorite. It is all in what you prefer and what gets you out of your head.