21 Days to Happiness Book Review & Excerpt

I think most of us struggle in our pursuits of happiness, productivity and energy.  I recently had the opportunity to read and review 21 Days to Happiness by Ingrid Kelada.  Today, I am sharing my thoughts on this motivational, self-help book--and I have an excerpt from the book to share as well.
Check out my review, learn about the book and enter to chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Book Title: 21 Days to Happiness: Increase Your Happiness, Productivity and Happiness
Author: Ingrid Kelada
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 230 pages
Genre: Motivational, self-help
I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book

Struggling to find work-life balance? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just 10 minutes a day!

For some of us, feeling busy or stressed has become the new normal. Others feel okay, but just want a boost to productivity, energy and motivation.

Instead of hoping for happiness, what if happiness is something you DO, something you CHOOSE every day? The good news: it is and the solutions are simple.

Psychologist and happiness expert Ingrid Kelada provides a practical, step-by-step guide to help you increase your personal happiness and feel more motivated. You can learn how with simple 10-minute strategies. Each day of the 21-day journey focuses on one key area of your life, including:

Time: how to break the cycle of chaos and manage your time effectively.
Body Language: exploring the surprising links between body language and happiness.
Relationships: how to make the most of the number one predictor of happiness.
Work: how to use your strengths and talents so that you are engaged and motivated.
Money: what you should spend your money on to feel most satisfied.

The book is interactive. Each chapter features resources like apps to try, videos to watch for deeper understanding, or tools to help you master these new habits. At the end of three weeks, along with increased happiness, you’ll find you’ve become more:

• productive
• focused
• patient
• energetic
• healthy
• motivated
• positive

Happiness is a choice. A daily decision to choose happy can be easy, fun and rewarding. With this book, in just a few minutes per day, you can practice one new happiness habit, add resources to your arsenal, and jot down your notes in the journal section.

Buy 21 Days to Happiness today to create a happier more satisfying life.

My Review
21 Days to Happiness is packed with well presented information for readers.  As the author takes readers through 21 areas of life that may need improvement for happiness, she presents the information consistently throughout the book.  Readers will find a little science and research along with the author's real-world advice and tips and activities to help incorporate the advice or recommendation into daily life.  The author's writing style flows well and is presented in a way that is easy to read, easy to understand and easy to incorporate in small bits day by day.

21 Days to Happiness is a self help book that actually helps readers.  Sometimes, a self help book offers a lot of recommendations--but, leaves readers adrift in the actual incorporation of the advice into their real-world lives.  This book is a wonderful self help resource that actually offers readers a section of tools to help them help themselves in each of the areas of life presented. I loved the mix of media (apps, videos, web links and music ideas) the author offers readers for use in each section.  Readers are able to learn a tip and then actually find additional, valuable resources to help them use those tips.

Would I recommend 21 Days to Happiness by Ingrid Kelada?  While I have read many of the happiness focused tips presented in this book before--this is the first book that actually made the process an interactive one with tools and support.  This book actually makes the daily steps to happiness seem reasonable and doable.  If you are looking to make changes to your life; this book would make a wonderful starting point.  It is easy to read, loaded with information, resources and workbook pages for reflection on each day's presentation.  This is a book that you could work through again and again as you develop the habits of happiness.

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Excerpt from 21 Days to Happiness

Day 4: De-clutter: The Magic of Less

Tips To De-Clutter Your Life
  • Always have a donation box available. I keep mine near my front door and try to fill it on a regular basis.
  • Think twice about accepting hand-me-downs, tag sale items, and promotional swag bags. That item you pick up on a whim may root itself in your home for years.
  • When you buy something new, practice the “in-out rule:” For every new item, get rid of an old one.
  • Start with the fridge, pantry, junk drawer or your desk. Take your time and work up to an entire room. Improvements in one room can spread to the rest of the house.
  • Read a book on minimalism. Then choose one room and create a vision for it. When you’re finished, go on to the next room. Leave the messiest room in your house for last.
  • Create serenity in the master bedroom by removing clutter such as piles of pillows, clusters of photos, or clothes thrown on chairs.
  • Edit your closet. Use the hanger system to determine which clothes you wear most. I turn mine backwards when I wear something. At the end of each season, it’s easy to see the clothes I’ve never worn.
  • Ask yourself if you really need something, or if you love it. If you hesitate, don’t buy it, or get rid of it.
  • Teach your kids how to sort their toys and clothes, and make cleaning up a fun activity.
  • Organize any junk drawers and closets, or any areas where things tend to pile up.
  • Store all instruction manuals in one place, such as a binder, or a plastic storage bin.
  • Sign up your bills for Auto-Pay.
  • De-clutter your phone. Remove unused apps. Save the photos you love, and delete the others.
  • Clean up your computer, your calendar, and your online social life. Do you need to be on all those social networks? Unfriend people you no longer get together with. Unsubscribe from any blog posts or newsletters you no longer read.
  • Check your email twice a day and then delete or archive the old ones. Or have them routed into folders to clean up your inbox.
  • Purge the junk from your car. We tend to spend so much time in our cars these days that they sometimes look worse than our homes. If your car is littered with random stuff that you don’t want to bring into your house, take an hour to throw it all out. You’ll feel so much better!
Make decluttering a daily habit. Once you’re hooked on the clean space, you’ll want to keep going!

Meet the Author

Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at

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