It is often said that money can’t bring you happiness and if I were to be rich in anything I would certainly choose happiness. Happiness Millionaire is a guide to breaking out of the mindset of poverty and transforming your life. It promises to give to the tools to make your life R.I.C.H with satisfying relationships, income, confidence and health.
I am a natural sceptic. I am more likely to assume an author is writing with a financial motive than for the benefit of their readers. Yet I trust Janet Jones. She writes with a certain level of humility and a raw unedited honesty that allows me to stop my analytics and process her words with an open mind.
Reading the Happiness Millionaire feels like having a chat with a friend. And I don’t mean one a natter about the news or a catch up over coffee, I mean one of those long talks where you both unfold your inhibitions and and strip your vulnerabilities down to the naked components of you, your mind and your desires.
Whilst Janet beautifully retells the story of the conception of the book and the writing is concise and skilful, the main aim of the book is to present a set of thirteen images that you can return to when you feel your mindset needs realigning. I would have preferred these to be printed larger in the book to be able to fully engross myself in the details but they can also be purchased as a set of cards to keep in your bag.
The images may be a little lost on me but the metaphors behind them and the accompanying exercises appeal to the less visual learners amongst us. The tables included allow a logical and tangible way to work through your unconscious thoughts and create a record of your progress. Once again Janet Jones has provided for everyone as those who cannot bring themselves to write in a book (myself included) can access PDFs of the exercises on the accompanying website.
Reading this book has not suddenly cured my depression and caused my happiness well to over flow. But what it has done is provided a resource I can return to when I need comfort and reassurance. Janet has typed hope onto the pages of Happiness Millionaire and her positivity can be absorbed by the reader as readily as the paper accepted the ink.
This book is going to naturally attract people with mental health problems and I feel it is necessary for me to point out the author is reluctant to get medical help and take antidepressants. Please, if you read this book and you are on medication or are considering getting help from your GP do not think that a self help book and Janet’s techniques are a replacement. This book could improve mental health but it is important not to feel this alone will effectively treat a diagnosed mental health problem.
What is your go to book for when your brain feels bloated and dark or you need a little pick-me-up?