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The Joy Plan: How I Took 30 Days to Stop Worrying, Quit Complaining, and Find Ridiculous Happiness

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  60 reviews
As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her biggest plan, the business she co-founded, collapsed, Kaia found herself crushed by depression. And what felt even worse was that, with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn’t have a plan to move forward.

Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Sourcebooks
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May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OK, Kaia is my daughter. I'm crazy about her. I was eager to read a pre-publication copy of The Joy Plan, thinking I'll probably learn something about Kaia, and that'll be good. To my surprise, I ended up learning a lot about myself! The information in the Joy Plan has a universal appeal and application. The plan is simple, and contains measurable steps. It's psychologically and scientifically sound. To embark on a joy plan is challenging and fun. And, of course, Kaia is so lovable, and her writ ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I had been listening to this audiobook for several days when I ran across this passage:

“I just couldn’t stop worrying about everything.
‘Kaia, just relax,’ my mom had said.
‘I’m trying as hard as I can,’ I exclaimed.”

Oh my, I thought. I remember that. In fact, I'd written it down; I liked it so much.

Still later, I found this passage:


1. You are responsible for your own experience.
2. Start each day with gratitude.
3. Whenever possible, ignore or avoid anything that makes you feel
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
How easy it is to find ourselves back in the race car of stress and busy-ness that so many of us live as the norm here in America. A week off at Thanksgiving reminded me to get out of the car and put my feet up while I read this life-changing book. Kaia Roman was physically and mentally exhausted after the company she’d help create went belly-up. Inspired in part by the way her Pandora tunes list became closer and closer to a list of songs she loved by simply marking each one thumbs-up or thumbs ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a very good mix of personal empowering story/memoir and self-help.
Finding joy, even in the small things in life, isn't easy. This book helps with examples and practical advice. It's not as impossible as you might think to find your way to a more joyful life.
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this "practical memoir," Kaia tells the story of her rise from depression and anxiety with a journey towards joy. The open-hearted memoir embodies a beautiful balance between science and spirituality, and between the personal and the universal. I tore through my advance reader copy, taken by Kaia's story and eager to apply all of her tips to bring more joy, more positivity into my own life. Told in the context of Kaia's personal experience, the book is like a highlight reel of personal growth ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I went into this book expecting something that it ultimately didn't delivery. The Joy Plan is a sort of autobiography of the author as she tries to find joy and turn her life around after her business fails. I was looking for something more like Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project, but instead the Joy Plan is a lot of navel gazing, pop psychology, and Law of Attraction proselytizing. I am really glad that the author was able to make some true and lasting changes in her life, but her path isn't so ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This book is about finding and living your joy. Duh, huh?

Well, Kaia Roman does a great job of showing (not just telling) how she found her way to living her own joy. I felt this was half memoir half self-help book. I learned a lot from following along with Kaia’s life journey. I felt her pain when she wanted her husband to live his joy and not stay in the job he dreaded. I felt her joy as she discovered her true path and how to find it on her own from stumbling block to stumbling block.

Nichole Betterley
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, next-level
I liked this more than I thought I was going to. Love the format - thought it was a unique, graspable way to lay out her ideas like a business plan. I loved her tone and voice. Very relatable and offered some real gems for bringing more joy into your life.
Feb 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
I found this book thought-provoking and inspirational.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Absolutely nothing new in this book, was very disappointed.
Rachel Anderson
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Good read...scanned it mostly but some little jewels tucked in there
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-again
The author, Kaia Roman describes the steps she took to a more joy filled life. She lists the actual steps as well as describes the impact they had onher life.
Although this book seems a little simplistic and "same-old-same-old", it can't hurt to try it.
Basic steps:
1)Find a free month-well, we can't all do that...
2) Give thumbs up amd thumbs down to your experiences through out the day to let the Universe know what you like and don't like; or to help you be aware about the same.
3) Spend time doi
Daniela Teixeira
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Four years ago I found myself at a big turning point in my life. For the first time I looked for a psychologist to help me, and our work together lasted about 5 months. One of the many things I brought with me from this period of my life was this: when you change your attitude, the world around you changes to adjust to you. Throughout those 5 months, and for the years since, I had the chance to see and believe this
Tiffany Weiss
This self-help book went pretty heavy on the scientific reasoning behind why people are unhappy, and I appreciated when it referenced peer-reviewed studies on mindfulness and such. However, the main premise behind the book is "You make your own reality" and that "All moments should be appreciated, including the lows." So...for example, being robbed at gunpoint should be appreciated? A beloved relative dying should be appreciated? Being diagnosed with a terminal disease should be appreciated? I d ...more
Janette Fuller
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir
Kaia Roman felt down-and-out after her business collapsed. She was seeking direction in her role as a wife, mother, friend and business woman. She consulted a friend and decided to devote the next 30 days of her life to creating JOY!

Ms. Roman discovered that The Joy Plan was much more than a 30 day project.
Joy and happiness became a lifestyle that would change her life and the lives of her loved ones.

This is both a memoir and a self-help book for anyone who is seeking joy and a positive lifesty
PollyAnna Joy
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isn't Kaia a beautiful name? I love it. And I love Kaia's book THE JOY PLAN. As a woman who has been on a Joy Journey for close to 10 years, Kaia's book is right on target with my own joy plan. Her book is a wonderful story of finding joy in difficult circumstances--which is what I've been saying and writing about myself!

The one thing that interests me the most about THE JOY PLAN is that Kaia is clearly not a Christian. She doesn't pretend to be and is clear that while she believes in a higher p
Jess Macallan
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiration
I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love reading inspirational self-help books, and The Joy Plan is my top pick of 2017. The author's former life is like the rest of us--some good, some bad, plenty of stress and worry, and going through the motions of life without feeling truly fulfilled. She experiences that pivotal moment of hitting rock bottom, prompting her to change things. And instead of changing jobs, locations or relationships, she realizes
Claudia Blanton
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review

I have been surprised by a lot of books this year, more so than over the last few years, and I hope this will be a continuous trend, as – in my opinion, books, no matter what genre or subject – should make you grow from the experience of having read them. The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman is on that ever growing list.
This quick to read self-help book is a raw, emotional read that is a lot more practical than what I first envisioned it to
Geetanjali Mukherjee
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really grateful to get an advanced reader copy of this book from Net Galley. I didn’t know how badly I needed to read this book! I recognized a lot of myself and my journey in the story of how Kaia Roman lost her joy, confidence and sense of self, and how she went about regaining it one step at a time.

There were moments while reading the first couple of chapters where I wondered whether this was just another self-indulgent, privileged person trying to be happy and writing about it. But the
Dena Abramson Babb
I received a free advance copy of the book to read and review.

The Joy Plan has been referred to as a "practical memoir". It is part the very honest journey of one woman and part research backed scientific and psychological "plan" for cultivating joy. The combination of these two very different perspectives hooked me from the start. I love the rawness of a well told personal story and my inner geek loves anything that has solid research as a backdrop. Roman delivers on both as she weaves her own
Andrea Benver
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was one of the lucky few whom was fortunate to receive an advance reader copy of The Joy Plan: How I Took 30 Days to Stop Worrying, Quit Complaining and Find Ridiculous Happiness by Kaia Roman in exchange for this completely unbiased review. Kaia Roman writes her own account in this book of how she had fallen on some tough times and found herself utterly without joy and struggling to find the motivating forces and drive to continue to propel forward both personally and professionally, despite ...more
Dominique Paine
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of The Joy Plan. It is a wonderful book. It is a woman's story of finding Joy, but it is so much more than that. It is filled with scientific research and facts to back up what she has named The Joy Plan. Many times, Kaia's words have been the exact thoughts I have had, but not voiced. This book is simply wonderful. I have suffered anxiety for many years and the voice inside my head is loud and negative. Kaia shows you how to put that voice in it's ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kaia is a woman who ran her own company, she hustled and was completely heartbroken when it ran to the ground, she found herself depressed and with no motivation for life when suddenly her friend gives her a crazy idea. For 30 Days Kaia is to focus on the things that give her Joy in the hope that it will not only alleviate depression but give her the life of her dreams, this is Kaia’s story.

This book was absolutely amazing! I love Kaia’s story and how she completely turned her life around. Kaia
Denise Morse
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
The Joy Plan is part story, part self help book about a woman who has suffered a professional setback and is embarking on a journey to bring more joy to her life. The book had a good layout, with the concept, the story relating to it and then a tip at the end. It was easy to read and follow. I was happy for her progress and especially happy with the afterward because it addressed something that nagged me most of the book regarding her husbands unhappiness in his career.

There are two reasons why
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were many parts of this book that I read and thought, yeah, I can do that. At the same time, there were parts I read and thought I would only be able to do if I was married and had a second income coming in. The Joy Plan is of course not a step-by-step plan to follow, but just one person's journey. She admits that she was able to do things that might not always be feasible without the help of a good support system.

For me, the hardest thing about doing something like Kaia did, would be try
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed the combination of self-help and memoir, and I found Kaia Roman to be more relatable for me, personally, than someone like Gretchen Rubin. Although I'm not a mom, a world traveller, or a former business owner, there was just something about her voice that resonated with me and her story was both interesting and inspiring. I also liked that, although you can't have a self-help book without a little "woo woo", the author used science to back up a lot of her ...more
I started reading this a long time ago and then life happened.

I recently picked it up again and started from the very beginning. The author has suffered a huge professional setback - her business has shut down. Among the anxiety and depression, she decides to take a month to herself and focus on creating joy in her life.

It's an intriguing idea and the author talks very candidly about her life. You are right there with her when she tries on various things to see if they will bring her joy.

A book
Ashley P
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review

I tend to avoid books like this, and admittedly it was because I thought they might be silly or preachy, and that was likely the cynic in me that doesn't want to trust.

This book, in which Kaia Roman so eloquently and truthfully shares some of the struggles she has gone through in life, and how she decided to change her outlook made me realize how much I need to change myself.

The Joy Plan is something that excites me, and is somethi
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Self help books padded with fluff and platitudes are plentiful, but The Joy Plan is not one of them. It is so much more! Kaia Roman delves into the neurological and spiritual foundations of human emotions as she shares her deeply personal journey through fear and anxiety, toward life transforming joy. Scientifically based and immensely practical, this book is filled with universal truths that jumped off the page with me, begging to be highlighted so I could easily find them again. Bonus: After t ...more
Shannon Adkins
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kaia Roman has distilled so much wisdom into one easy and compelling read that is accessible to people like me who already believe in and practice so many of the techniques she recommends, to people that are new to these ideas of self-actualization and the power of the mind to drive extraordinary results in our lives. She is accessible, honest, transparent and vulnerable as she shares her story, but then so generous in giving practical tips and exercises to help you apply her wisdom to you life. ...more
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Kaia Roman has been writing books since she was five years old. She believes in the healing power of words and stories. The Joy Plan is her first memoir/personal growth book. Over the past twenty years, Kaia has been a planner, publicist, ghost writer, and editor for people, projects, and products working toward a better world. She’s now a full-time writer and frequent blogger on mindbodygreen.com ...more

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