Choose Joy: Relieve Burnout, Prioritize Your Happiness, and Infuse More Joy into Your Everyday Life

Blue Star Pr. Nov. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781950968770. pap. $19.95. SELF-HELP
Cliff’s can-do guide to putting joy first is a keeper. A former corporate player, she started the Joyful Coach, dedicated to helping others find joy. In her debut book she explores the effects of burnout, how to create change, how to define and then hold to one’s values, and, most critically, how to find and prioritize joy. She describes joy as something to cultivate, practice, and set as an attitude. Joy can feel like contentment, satisfaction, delight, peace, a mix of these, or something more personal; it leads, she writes, to a more satisfying and healthy life. The book begins by guiding readers through an inventory of where they are now, looking at symptoms of burnout. Part two explores how to find what makes one feel joy. The conclusion focuses on cultivating joy. The book includes worksheets, but these exercises are easy to do in a journal instead.
VERDICT Cliff’s embracing book combines a supporting tone with practical steps that readers looking for more joy, or even just a framework to feel better, can embrace.
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