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Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week

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The title comes from research that shows people are happiest on Fridays. Pastor Joel Osteen writes how we can generate this level of contentment and joy every day of the week.
Known as a man who maintains a constant positive outlook in spite of circumstances, Osteen has described this message as a core theme of his ministry. Combining his personal experiences with scriptur
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Every day is a gift from God." - Pastor Joel Osteen

Reading this book is a gift from God as well. I have to say that it's a very good tool if you want to change your life for the better.

To give you a teaser, I'll share some well-remembered quotations from the book.

There are 26 chapters thus I'll be giving you 26 sentences / 1 quote per chapter.

1. "You are closest to your victory when it is the darkest."

2. "Be a part of the solution, not the problem."

3. "You receive back what you project."

4. "You
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So far I like this. Have been reading little by little and it actually has helped with the stressful things that can happen during the day.
My review is me writing key points that I want to remember later on when I come back to this.
Ch 1: "Happiness is something you decide ahead of time." "Abraham Lincoln once said, " most people are as happy as they have DECIDED to be".
statistics : There are more heart attacks on Monday's than any other day of the week because people have decided Monday is
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
I have mixed feelings about Joel Osteen. He is criticized for preaching a “prosperity gospel” and occasionally his messages do come across that way. Other times I think he’s biblically sound and offers great points. He’s also had critics who say he smiles too much which is actually amusing to me. (I mentioned this in my review of his book with the same title).

The Every Day a Friday journal naturally is meant to be read with his book of the same name. Both are about how to be happy regardless of
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once you begin Joel Osteen's Every Day a Friday, your outlook on life changes.

I received this book for review from the publisher,  read a few pages, then immediately got my journal to scribble down some notes and lines.  

You see the difference in one letter:  I've got to vs. I get to.   Think about it:  "I've got to clean house, ugh"   vs.  "I get to clean house, I have a home to clean."    Brought this up in Sunday School last Sunday when we were talking about attitudes.

Couple times recently i
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'd like to preface this by saying that I like Joel Osteen. He's happy, he's upbeat, he's friendly, and he seems genuinely... Well, genuine! I'm not a hater by any stretch of the imagination. I am a born again, Bible believing, Baptist. I am a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ and wanted to have a front-seat opinion of this fellow for myself. Having never seen him on television, his books are the best way for me to get to know what he believes, what he teaches, and what he emphasizes.

My sol
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have often seen Joel Osteen on tv while I was flipping channels but never really watched a sermon or listened to him speak. So in reading his book "Every Day A Friday" I wondered just what ideas he might share and what his teaching style might be. Well in this book his idea is that happiness is a choice is spot on. Statistics say that most people are happier on Friday because they are looking forward to the weekend, and in this book Mr. Osteen reminds us that we should look at every day as a g ...more
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
Joel Osteen is a happy guy who’s actually been criticized for smiling too much. In “Every Day a Friday”, he shares what’s behind that smile and why he is so positive. One of the first things he tells readers is that we choose whether or not to be happy. Feelings are not something done to us, rather it's something we choose to experience.

He understands we don’t have control over everything that happens to us, however, he points out that we always have control over our reactions and how we respon
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've watched Joel Osteen every now and again, so picked up this book from the "New" shelves at the library.

Never heard of Joel Osteen? He preaches to a huge congregation in Houston and millions worldwide. He was even one of Barbara Walters' 10 most fascinating people about five years ago. Anyway, Osteen's message is God loves us and wants us to be happy and prosper. Osteen explains the title and the underlying basis of the book as: Friday is the day of the week on which people are happiest and
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book, like all of Joel's others is always a great pick-me-upper.

Like his other books, Joel shares personal experiences and practical advise. Much of the information we have heard before, but reviewing it over and over helps us to make positive changes for ourselves.

I personally need to tone down some of the Godliness because it is sometimes too much for me. However, after searching for my spiritual guide, the closest thing I've found that I can relate to is Joel Osteen.

I attended one of his
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have been struggling with depression for a few years and have found that his books help me have a more positive outlook on life. They are written for those who share a religious faith in God and Jesus Christ.
There are scriptures throughout the book.
My one complaint about the book is the redundancy of stories and lessons from his other books. There are several stories that have been repeated. If you haven't read his other books it doesn't matter. Or if you are like me and probably need to keep
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book that will lift anyones spirit..I very highly recommend it..
Anna Lee
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Motivating. Funny. Insightful. Definitely a Goodread.
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Every Day A Friday, Joel Osteen has seen that most people become happy and joyful on Fridays. But throughout the week we are counting down the days to happiness on Friday. The book is based off a study that has found that happiness increased 10 percent more on Fridays. We tend to be waiting to be happy for the weekend and we are missing out on the rest of the days of the week. We are supposed to enjoy our lives every single day. A significant key we must realize is we don’t have to give away ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are spiritual awareness reads and then there is Joel Osteen. Out of all the books I’ve read and reviewed, over the years, I cannot seem to get enough of the awesome messages he sends to his readers. Everyday a Friday assisted me with refocusing on my current situation. Often, we feel that in life that we are not in a “good place.” Some of us start to feel as if we have failed in life due to not achieving personal lifelong goals. Completing this book was the affirmation I needed for this ye ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like Joel Osteen. He gives practical advice with a God tilt. Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week was really good. The stories and examples he gave with his 26 tenets were heartwarming and uplifting. I am a morose sort of melacholy person. But every time I read Osteen or see him on TV, I automatically feel better.

What I liked about Friday is while Osteen encourages a reliance on God, he still promotes independence. God can't do it all for you. You have to get up and try. For som
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I am sooooo not into this type of book. BUT my best friend wants me to read it so I said I would give it a try. So far, not bad! I do like his advice and he isnt shoving religion at me. I will keep on, and also try to do some of the things he says. Its basically about how to be happier with what you have.

OK finished the book. I thought it was pretty good. Good advice and not a ton of religion, for those who arent religious. I dont like reading a self help book where they reference back to bible
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
EVERY DAY A FRIDAY:HOW TO BE HAPPIER 7 DAYS A WEEK by Joel Osteen is an interesting Christian Life resource book. It is written with insight into ways to living a happy and meaningful life.He has research that shows people are happiest on Fridays.He also shows readers how to live a happier,fuller life everyday and not just on Fridays. He offers encouragement,spiritual guidance, and practical advise. This author is a great motivational speaker. He encourages us not to judge but to be a source of ...more
Anthony Ventrello
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have dealt with depression all of my life. In the past I thought that God and the Bible were not giving me enough answers. I thought that there had to be more answers out there. I turned to another religion (I won't mention its name, just look at some of my book reviews from 2009 to find out), but all along, God was knocking at the door to my heart. Joel Osteen was an answered prayer for me.

Like his other books, Pastor Osteen draws on his own experiences, those of others, and the Bible to help
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Omg Joel Osteen' Every Day A Friday was written in such a way that will pull people who are in the darkest place of their life. This book just gets into what can happen and does happen to all of us when tragedy, hardship and disappointment strike. We have all gone to that place of self doubt, criticism, judgement, being judged, disappointed and confusion. If there was ever a book i would recommend to read this one is it. Its not so much self help as it is logic and reality. He points out facts o ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jole Osteen give everyone what they need to hear in the most happy uplifting way possible, now if you ask me that is exactly what god wants us all to hear. He preaches on everyday life, I mean how many of us really need to be happier on a daily basis? the topic he speaks about is reflecting everyone... this book helped my in way i can not explain! i would recoment this bok to everyone, not only to brighten your days but to just feel like a happier person, and stronger christian. Do yourself a fa ...more
Jennifer August
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As with nearly all of Joel Osteen's books, this one brimmed with humor, self-deprecating stories and positive speaking. I really enjoyed the stories and the sentiments he gave. The book was an easy read and filled with things that should be common sense but somehow aren't. It's kind of like stopping to smell the roses - everyone hears about it, but how many people actually do it? Great book with a wonderfully uplifting and not too preachy message.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is true that you can be happy each day of the week. Don't waste your day waiting for Friday or Saturday to be fullfilled or happy! Enjoy Monday..let Tuesday be terrific...have a wonderful Wednesday...and a Thrilling Thursday. Thank you Pastor Osteen for sharing your wonderful book which was a blessing to me!
Lisa Pabon
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Joel has a way of putting a ray of sunshine into every aspect of our lives, how to live a simpler more abundant life. How to treat others and getting the same treatment in return, not always but it is our attitude that can change someone elses life! Outstanding book! I recommend it to anyone that wants to be happier and live a fullfilling life!
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
A very uplifting book. My favorite quote would be "Don't be a people pleaser be a God pleaser." Lots of good ideas to live your life joyfully, and to help heal and lift up yourself and others around you. My first time ever reading or hearing about Joel Osteen, and I will read more of him. Always happy to read a positive book.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is a treasure! I enjoyed it so much I want to buy a copy so that I can reread it often. The stories, thoughts, and anecdotes are inspiring, thought-provoking and comforting. I can highly recommend this book. The principles that Osteen discusses can help anyone--regardless of their religious, cultural, or social background--experience greater happiness.
Andrea Lewis
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Joel Osteen's writing style. His message is laced with positivity. Not only does he preach it but he writes it in a very uplifting manner. Though some of his examples were repeated from his previous books. It's an excellent book for a boost of one's morale.
Angelica Garcia
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book, every morning I'd find myself reading a little at a time, not wanting it to end. I love it!! Amazing how much impact a book can have on who you are and how happy you can truly be.
Thanks Joel O.
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional new book from Pastor Joel Osteen. Positive and uplifting. If you are dragging/navigating through life in need of a boost, this book is for you.
Isabelle Hitlon
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: isabella
As always all of Joel Osteen Books are motivational and Positive.
A good book to read if your feeling a bit low from time to time.
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Wow! I listened to the audiobook and loved it!

Joel is very inspirational, motivational, and....quite humorous!

I am going to put all of his audiobooks on hold at my library.
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“When you allow what someone says or does to upset you, you’re allowing that person to control you.” 6 likes
“The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6. In verse 12 Jesus says, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (NKJV). When God talks about debts, He’s not just talking about monetary debts. He’s talking about the times when people hurt you, the times when people do you wrong. God refers to that as a debt because when you are mistreated, you may feel you are owed something.
Human nature says, “I was wronged. Now I want justice. You mistreated me. Now you’ve got to pay me back.” But the mistake many people make is in trying to collect a debt that only God can pay. The father can’t give his daughter’s innocence back to her. Your parents can’t pay you back for not having a loving childhood. Your spouse can’t pay you back for the pain he caused by being unfaithful. Only God can truly pay you back.
If you want to be restored and whole, get on God’s payroll. He knows how to make things right. He knows how to bring justice. He’ll give you what you deserve. Leave it up to Him. Quit expecting people to make it up to you. They can’t give you what they don’t have.”
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