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"Life-saving. That is the most accurate description of The Joy Plan. As I devoured the transformative words of this book, I wished I’d had it during a desolate time in my life … but it is not too late. Whenever fear, worry, anxiety, or negativity grip me, I simply openThe Joy Plan. Waiting to shed light into my darkness is a strategy, an inspiring anecdote, or well-researched fact with the power to bring me back to hope, peace, and positivity. The Joy Plan is much more than one woman’s journey from rock bottom; it is a universal lifeline for reviving the world’s long-lost joy." ― Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times best selling author and founder of Hands Free Mama

"The Joy Plan was birthed through direct experimentation in the laboratory of Kaia Roman's own life, qualifying her to wisely and tenderly guide readers to discover and cultivate the seed of joy that has been implanted within us all. Follow the steps in this book and watch how joy―the spiritual dimension of happiness―blossoms in your life. " ― Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning

"If you are in the midst of a joy drought, so to speak, this could be the book for you. Part memoir, part universally applicable joy-strategy, The Joy Plan tells the author's story of suffering and lays out, step-by-step, the process that helped her experience much more happiness. Kaia Roman writes in an engaging way, so reading this book can feel like listening to a friend." ― Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and Real Happiness

"All of us need to learn how to shift from stress to joy. The Joy Plan is a positive, practical guide to help you experience more of the happiness you deserve." ― Dr. Barbara De Angelis, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Soul Shifts

"The Joy Plan is easy to read, engaging, full of great scientific advice as well as fun and enlivening stories to get you motivated to find your joy on a daily basis. Don’t let the stress of modern life weigh you down! Take responsibility for steering your course towards happiness with this well-written and researched book." ― MeiMei Fox, New York Times bestselling co-author of Bend, Not Break

"I love The Joy Plan! We create plans for our work, our finances, our life – but hardly ever for the most important things in our life: gratitude, optimism, and joy. This book will help you achieve exactly that – more joy! And who doesn’t need that?" ― Michaela Haas, PhD, author of Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience

"If you're looking for more meaning, purpose, and joy in your life then The Joy Plan is for you!" ― Jason Wachob, founder and CEO of mindbodygreen

"An energized and informative plan for transforming your life..." ―
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About the Author

Kaia Roman has a twenty-year background in public relations and marketing. She is currently a Mindfulness Teacher for elementary school students and a regular contributor to numerous mindfulness, happiness, and wellbeing blogs. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sourcebooks (July 11, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1492648760
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1492648765
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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Kaia Roman has been writing books since she was five years old. She believes in the healing power of words and stories. Kaia is the bestselling author of The Joy Plan, which was featured on the TODAY Show as the inspiration for the hosts’ week-long “complaint cleanse.” Kaia’s popular wellness blogs on mindbodygreen, The Huffington Post, and Thrive Global explore how humans connect, heal, and flourish.

Merging her 20 years of brand experience work in Silicon Valley with her neuroscience and mindfulness research and training, Kaia is an intrepid entrepreneur and passionate advocate for people, projects, and products working toward a better world. She splits her time between Santa Cruz, California and Miami, Florida.

Kaia is a frequent presenter at wellness events, conferences, and corporate engagements. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at

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By PollyAnna Joy on July 25, 2017
Isn't Kaia a beautiful name? I love it. And I love Kaia's book THE

JOY PLAN. As a woman who has been on a Joy Journey for close to 10 years, Kaia's book is right on target with my own joy plan. Her book is a wonderful story of finding joy in difficult circumstances--which is what I've been saying and writing about myself!

The one thing that interests me the most about THE JOY PLAN is that Kaia is clearly not a Christian. She doesn't pretend to be and is clear that while she believes in a higher power, she is not a believer in the sense that Christians are. I respect her honesty and I sincerely appreciate that she doesn't try to pretend to be someone or something she's not. With that being said, that means that much of Kaia's information comes from a very clinical, scientific, and psychological perspective on JOY. All of which is truly fascinating and more interesting than I thought it would be. It is truly eye-opening to read about how the brain works and how we can train our brains to help us have more JOY.

As a believer--Christian, I do want to say that while I agree with Kaia's scientific explanations, I see through the eyes of someone who believes that JOY comes in knowing and having a relationship with Jesus Christ. That He gives us JOY unspeakable and full of glory.

I am not arguing with Kaia's premise in any way. I hope you will read THE JOY PLAN. All I'm saying is that while Kaia comes at her JOY journey from a clinical perspective, I come at mine from a spiritual, faith-based perspective. As she clearly states in her book, everyone's JOY journey is different. The important thing is that we are on the journey.
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