Book Review: “Instant Happy Journal” by Karen Salmansohn

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“Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy” by Karen Salmansohn (2015)

Genre: Non-fiction, Self-help, Inspirational

Page Length: 368 pages (paperback edition)


On the heels of Karen Salmansohn’s wildly popular gift book Instant Happy comes this happiness journal, with daily prompts to help you think about and apply happiness wisdom to your own life. Each page features a specific intention, inspiring quote, surprising scientific fact, or thought-provoking question to ponder. When you approach your day with Salmansohn’s “happiness prompters” in mind, you amp up your ability to notice (and create!) many more joyous moments in your day. But that’s just half of what it takes to live a supremely happy life. This journal teaches the top two habits of happy people: to naturally set their intention to enjoy a happy day, then end the day reflecting on what made them happy. When you end your day writing about what went right, you further strengthen your happiness mindset. With fill-in dates so that you can write and reflect at your own pace, this little journal features a graphic design and fresh attitude perfect for today’s modern happiness-seeker.


There are a lot of journals to choose from in the world of journal writing, but Instant Happy Journal’s format is simple and easy for journaling newcomers like myself. When I was younger I used to write in my journal all the time, but as I got older I found it hard to find the time to sit down and write like I used to. With Instant Happy Journal I found enjoyment in journal writing once again.

This journal is filled with 365 days of creative prompts and questions that have you reflect about your day or what’s currently going on in your life. Most importantly, it wants to help you put a positive spin on your life so you can have a more optimistic outlook. I liked the short answer aspect of the book and that I didn’t have to write a daily page long response. This is a helpful feature for people who are always on-the-go and don’t always have time to write a lot. I also found that this journal is a nice stress reliever and that it is a great way to calm down after a long, hectic day.

I’ll be honest here and say that I don’t write in this journal everyday like I should. I tend to forget write sometimes, but even if I’ve missed a day or two this journal doesn’t make me feel guilty despite the fact that it’s supposed to a daily process.

All in all, I would definitely recommend Instant Happy Journal for journaling newcomers and fans of journal writing. It’s a great way to put a positive spin on your day!

Final Verdict:

4 star rating

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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