Furiously Happy! ~ Giveaway

Raincoast Furiously Happy 1Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a mental illness? Or have you ever struggled to know how to help and support someone who does have a mental illness? Do you love to laugh? I recommend this book for all of the above. Jenny Lawson is very candid about her struggle with depression in the book “Furiously Happy”.  A portion of one of her blog posts back in 2010 spoke of being done with sadness and the things that were happening in the universe and she said “I am going to be furiously happy, out of sheer spite!” I don’t think that’s such a bad idea! There are lots of days where I need to decide to be happy, rather than frustrated with my children or annoyed with life….now I need to decide to be #furiouslyhappy!

I enjoyed this book, though I’ll warn you that if you don’t swear, this book contains plenty! But it also contains lots of good thoughts and lots to chuckle over. I love the Spoon Theory. It was created by a friend of Jenny’s “to explain the limits you have when you live with chronic illness.” Essentially, for every task you need to do in a day, it takes one spoon. Most of us that don’t struggle with any chronic illness get handy plenty of spoons for a day. But what if you were only given 8 spoons? To shower takes one. To clean house takes one (or maybe two!). To cook takes another one. And so on. Suddenly, it’s a lot easier for someone who gets lots of spoons in a day to understand why those with chronic illness have such a struggle getting things done!

Oh, and prior to reading this book, I had a good cackle over a post Jenny wrote, though I didn’t realize when I started the book that the authors were one and the same! The post is called “And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles” Take a read. It’s hilarious! Even my husband had a good chuckle over it!

Rory the Racoon also cracks me up. He’s the lil guy on the cover of the book! I gotta say, I admire her husband Victor. Methinks my husband wouldn’t let quite so much hilarity in our house. Oh wait, perhaps that’s because the hilarity would be mostly on my end. Haha!

I really admire Jenny. For one, she’s entirely honest about her struggles with depression and anxiety. For another, she’s willing to write books to let us share in her struggles. I think most of us can relate to many of her stories on some level. And for a third, she laughs, she finds humor when and where she can so that she can cope. And her humor gets me. I tend to have a sarcastic sense of humor myself so I laugh right along with her! Besides, between Beyonce and Rory, what’s not to laugh about!

If you’d like to keep up with Jenny, she’s on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. And to follow her blog posts, find her at The Bloggess.  This is actually her second book.  Her first one is called “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened“.  I haven’t read it yet, but I think I just might have to!


Raincoast Books, our generous supplier of this book, has offered to do a giveaway! Isn’t that great? I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. We all could do with a little more laughter in our life. And we all could do with a little more understanding of those who are struggling with things we don’t understand. So take a moment and pop your info into the entry form below and maybe a Furiously Happy book will be yours!  Giveaway open to CANADA only!




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  1. Debbie Bashford says:

    I have followed thebloggess for years she is an amazing lady.

  2. this book would be for someone else

  3. I would lve to read this book

  4. If I won I would share this with our 3 kids 🙂

  5. This book Would be for my, I’d love to read it.

  6. I would like to read book and then share it with my Mom

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