The Secret to Happiness

Introduction

One of the questions I’m asked the most is, “How are you so happy all the time?”

I wish I was happy all the time! Here’s a little secret: I’m not. Sometimes I have bad days where I host my own pity parties, I’m grouchy, or just plain sad.

Something I want to stress before continuing this post is this: It is okay to be sad. Sadness, anger, loneliness and jealousy are all part of the human experience. While they may not be enjoyable, they teach us lessons that good emotions like joy and happiness can’t teach.

However, it IS important to remember that these negative emotions can and will be consuming if you let them. They will infect your life and steal your happy moments.

While I’m not happy all the time, I try to be happy most of the time. There are many lessons I’ve learned about happiness and how to be happy, but I’ve narrowed them down to ten that I think are most important for this post.

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Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (plus cotton candy, because why not)

Fun fact: I probably never would have picked up this book if it wasn’t for that delicious h25756328azelnut gelato that I had on our trip to Las Vegas.

Mmm, that was the most delicious non-ice cream ice cream that I’ve ever had.

(Also, it has a pastel cover, and I have developed a new obsession with pastel covers.)

I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book. A lot of my favorite reviewers gave it one or two stars, which surprised me.

I think the reason this book might be getting some lower-end reviews is because it’s a cotton candy read.

See, a cotton candy read is a book that isn’t particularly eye-opening or life-changing, and it might not actually do you any good; it’s just a bunch of fluff that tastes really yummy.

The main character, Lina, has her fair share of struggles: her mother passes away from cancer and she is sent to a foreign country [aka Italy] to live with her father, who she didn’t even know existed.

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