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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Changing how you think is possible. I wasn't always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don't have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It's sort of a gym for my mind. I'd love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it ...more
Kindle Edition, 42 pages
Published December 31st 2017
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May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is an interesting book to review because it is a very short (it’s only 50 pages) self help book.

Please note that this book is written by a regular person, not some fancy expert. Riva makes it very clear right away that she is not a trained professional or anything like that. The book is just tips that she herself has used to make her thinking “happier.”

When I started reading the book, I was struck at how much I
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“If you look hard enough, there will be something good lurking around somewhere. Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt[?]”

Lana Grace Riva’s debut nonfiction self-help book, Happier Thinking, was published earlier this year, and I was honored when Lana approached me to be one of the first to review it. I coul
J.P. Willson
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Seems like simple common sense to me.
A book is not needed to tell me this...or anyone else for that matter.
Kara Bernard
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Let me start out by saying that despite my 2 star review, this really wasn’t that bad of a book. It’s essentially a very short and sweet suggestion guide on thinking happier. It’s not exactly a how-to book, but it could help as a starter book to those who want — but just don’t know how — to go about changing their way of thinking.

It’s not written by a professional, which isn’t really a problem because Riva doesn’t claim to be a professional and makes it clear that she’s just another person who’s
Robin Morgan
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.
There are times when each one of us feel as if we’re down in the dumps regarding our lives and perhaps daily existence. And one of the best ways to remedy this situation is to think of happy thoughts.

The strange thing about happier thinking being able to make the somewhat impossible things actually happen is actually something practically we’ve already heard. The reason I’m saying this is that it’s what Peter Pan told Wendy and her sib
Audra Watts
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cleanliness: Very Clean (Topic to consider: depression.)

"Happier thinking involves acting productively rather than thinking destructively."

Happier Thinking is a really nice novella. It's super simplistic, yet something everyone needs to read. There is nothing revolutionary, but it is a wonderful reminder that life has an upside. This book is packed full of interesting and funny examples and tons and tons of ellipses!

The author's writing style is very casua
Zoé-lee O'farrell
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is not a storybook, this is a book to help you try and re-wire the way you think. I must admit I suffer a bit from depression and anxiety and with the crap I have had in the last month or so I have fallen more into the negative way of thinking. This short book has helped me see that maybe things can be spun around to be positive. It reminds me of the Secret and my gratitude book so I think I am going to pick that up in the new year.

This book is not telling you anything new, however, it is t
Rosie Amber
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Happy Thinking is a self-help non-fiction book. At just fifty pages it is a quick and easy read. This is one woman’s thoughts drawn from her own battles with depression. See here for full review ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Very short book which I finished reading in about 1 hour.
Even though it includes some key points to a "less complaining attitude" (I wouldn't call it "happier") life, It wasn't very groundbreaking for me as I had already adopted most, if not all, of the advises which is this book includes.
It also includes some "hard truths" so I'd recommend it for anyone who wants a fast-forward read about adopting a "less complaining" behaviour.
Sophia Audrey
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got this book sent to me by the author for a review but all my opinions are my own. I will first say this book is very small so I think this is great as a pick me up for anybody. It is not written by a professional in healthcare (as per the book) however it still has very real scenarios that many of us have face.
I quite enjoyed that it delved into changing not only how we treat other but ourselves and some simple tasks to do to help build our own positive mindset. I’m a very holistic person b
Bucks, Books & Beyond
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting, it is a very short read at only 52 pages and took me less than an hour to finish. This is not necessarily a book I would have chosen for myself as I generally consider myself to be a happy person. However, do not let the title fool you. I honestly believe however happy you may perceive yourself to be, everyone can learn something from this book.
I was pleasantly surprised at the little tips and tricks offered throughout the book and found myself thinking ‘i’m goi
Angelina Tisdale
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I’ve read many self help books, this was a short read (39 pages) but it expanded quite well to add a few aspects I haven’t seen before. This little book short and sweet hits on many of the right concepts for a more positive outlook on life.

It’s short enough and not over complicated to benefit anyone who is looking at changing their life and how they perceive their world. Sound and true advice. I’m glad I stumbled upon this very short book.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're not into "traditional" and wordy self-help books, this is the one for you. It is incredibly short and to the point.

Thank you to the author for reaching out to me and requesting I read this book. This is something I will recommend to the non-readers in my life that I feel are in need of a little advice on being a happier person.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A succinct and uplifting read: I liked that it was informative and to the point, yet not too 'preachy' or directional. A nice introduction to somebody who may be unfamiliar with yet interested in mindfulness practices!
Betsy Myers
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads. This was a lot of information packed into a relatively small space, making it so much easier for me to read. I took copious notes with the intention of not only helping shift my way of thinking, but to have these tools available to suggest to others.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it

A quick reads with ready to practice tips. Might not good for ones who are looking to why they have this and that unhappy thinking.
Julia Walker
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised to find this a most helpful read. Straight forward, simple and short there are 12 major points and all are doable. I think this would be a great read for anyone over 12.
Beth Roper
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book in return for an honest review by the author and, I will admit, that, I began the book feeling very sceptical of its informal tone and structure. However, the book’s introduction excellently explains Riva’s deliberate use of informality: she is not a scientist, nor is she a psychologist, and this is not a typical ‘self-help’ book. Instead, the book is intended to be a series of tips and tried-and-tested solutions to feelings of unhappiness, written from one sufferer to anoth ...more
Abi Robins
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I was sent this tiny book for review by the author. When she sent her request to me I was intrigued, I suffer from mental health issues myself and wanted to see how she covered this topic and what advice she gave. I will say right now that all thoughts are my own, and if I felt that this book was not good I would most definitely tell you guys. I was incredibly pleased to read her say, right at the beginning of the book, that this is not intended to cure someone of depression etc. These are simpl ...more
Fraser's Fun House
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Written from personal experience Happier Thinking shares author Lana Grace Riva’s insights, tips and advice about how you can retrain your brain to think in a more positive way. Lana’s easy style of writing immediately makes her advice relatable as it feels like having a chat with a good friend as opposed to the complicated jargon filled self-help books I have read in the past. At only 50 pages long the book’s short, concise chapters are quick and easy to read and fantastic to dip in and out of ...more
Victoria Robinson
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
couple of weeks ago Lana Grace Riva reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing a copy of her book "Happier Thinking" as I have been going through a rather... not great time recently I thought I would give her book a try.

It is only a short book of 50 pages so it can be read in one short sitting, but it's also a good size to leave in your bag and if you are having a bad day then you can flip it open and find a way to help prompt you to think of something positiv
Liz Whitehouse
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

I waited to read this book at a period in the year when many people's happiness is at rock bottom and life feels difficult. January is often a trying time, financially and mentally, so there is no better time of year to read a book entitled Happier Thinking. I think it is fair to say we could all benefit from Happier Thinking, and I say that as someone who considers themselves to be an optimistic person.

The f
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This short book is a game changer for anyone who battles with negative thinking and actively wants to become a happier person.

What I loved about this book was that the author brings in a raw, personal style in her writing. Even from page one, I could tell that I was going to get a lot of out this book. It's not like a textbook or a stiff read where you feel like all the jargon just rushes over your head. Instead, I felt like I was sitting down with a friend, face-to-face, and exploring the ways
Steph Warren
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Happier Thinking is a slim, cheery little book, packed with tips and advice on how to think more positively and cast negativity out of your mind. Think of the #100daysofhappiness challenge but in bitesize advice format!

Lana Grace Riva addresses the reader directly in a friendly, informal style; you can clearly hear her personal voice as she dispenses clear and sensible advice whilst
Rekha Shane
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Happier Thinking is a book about just that. This is a short 50 page book that guides the reader through the strategies that Riva herself has used over the years in dealing with poor mental health and the times when she has not been happy. Her aim is to help others who struggle with mental health issues by arming them with these techniques.

This book is an honest, clear cut description of strategies to deploy to bring yourself into a more positive frame of mind. The reasons this book is short is b
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Full Review can be found at

First I would like to thank Lana Grace Riva for sending me a copy in exchange for a review. I know most of you know that I don't tend to read books that would be considered "Self Help" But I've definitely been diving into more of these books lately, so I guess you could say my tastes have definitely changed and are more open to anything!

This is definitely a short read, something you could finish on your way to work or school really.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Pinky swear!

When Happier Thinking came in the mail, I was a little skeptical. I thought, “It’s a tiny book, how could this possibly be that useful.”

If you go into this book thinking you’re going to have loads and loads of information tossed at you so you can immediately change your life, you’ll be disappointed. The beauty of this book isn’t in the fact that it’s offerin
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Happier thinking goes hand in hand with kindness. Kindness to all, including yourself." - Lana Grace Riva, Happier Thinking

Resetting the way we think, act, and react to situations can actually change our outlook on life. It can take the situations that may very well be overwhelming and give us the strength to keep it from crushing us. Happier thinking allows us to reduce the mountain back into a molehill. So why not try to dwell on the better things in life instead of the bad things?

Lana Grace
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happier Thinking
Lana Grace Riva
(Review written 16th April 2020)

Happier Thinking is an inspiring little read. I have read it this morning whilst enjoying a coffee, in my back garden, in the glorious sunshine.
This a self-help book but is unique in the sense that it is the author’s own coping strategies with stress and anxiety. It is very reader friendly and almost made me feel like I was having an informal chat with the author, discussing how to turn negative thoughts in to positive ones in the ho
Jo Barton
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't often read self help books but the title of this one struck a chord with me as it's all too easy to become so immersed in what's happening in daily life that you don't take the time to stop and consider the bigger picture, and let's face it we could all do with some happier thinking from time to time.

The author deals with several subjects and even though this is only a little book, coming in at just 50 pages, it certainly packs a lot into those pages. Neatly and succinctly divided into a
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