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Cultivating Happiness: How I Tried (and Failed) to Implement Self-Help Strategies and Accidentally got Happier

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Penny Castle is on a madcap chase in pursuit of that most elusive of conditions: happiness. The only female in a household of more or less skeptical males Penny’s journey begins when a hopeful mid-career switch crumbles into disappointment. In a funk, she turns to an inspiring happiness expert she finds on TedTalks, and decides to try the strategies he suggests. All of the ...more
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published January 22nd 2019
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Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a woman journey into self-help and finding happiness. Penny Castle has tried it all: journaling, meditating, running and anything helps the experts say improve your mood and make you happier. What could go wrong? Ask Sally, Penny's inner critic. She's on a mission to sabotage all Penny's best efforts. The end result is a funny, all too real account of what happens when you embark on a self-help journey and actively try to find happiness. I do think some chapters went on for a little too ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun and funny book on one woman's journey to happiness. I think we can all relate to Penny on some level - who doesn't want to be happier? It's the whole point of life after all. I started out a little confused when Sally and Chris and Shannon were introduced rather quickly, but once I figured out their roles in her life it made the reading a bit easier.

A good read, despite it taking me rather a long time to get through it. I struggle a bit with non-fiction these days. That's my only excuse!

The book is going to be a hit or miss for anyone. You will either like the writing style or you won't. Unfortunately, the writing style wasn't for me.

The author documents her experiments trying to find happiness. She fails until she doesn't and finds the one thing that gives her happiness. I think the moral of the story is that we need to find our own happiness, not go by what others say.

I received a free copy from Netgalley. It doesn't impact my review in any way.
Tracy Fox
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who can resist a self help book? Okay so this isn't exactly a self help book, it's an extremely funny journey of a version of self help gone awry, helped along by seriously sassy Sally. The underlying story is all too real. Definitely worth a read, you may even see the light at the end of the tunnel, and no it won't be that of an oncoming train.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Penny Castle takes a journey toward happiness straight through real life, and its hysterical. While there were parts that I felt were a bit longer than needed, I genuinely connected with Penny's personality through the pages. If you like personal stories, this one is for you.

Thanks, NetGalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Fantastic book! Everyone should give Penny Castle's book on her journey to finding happiness a read. It will give you a hilarious take on life and finding the joy in it. Give it a read - you might even find out something about yourself
Josephine-Anne Griffiths
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely Hilarious!
I thoroughly enjoyed “Cultivating Happiness”. Penny’s humour and wit kept me laughing and giggling from beginning to end. As Penny relentlessly pursues that slippery sucker called happiness, she constantly berated by her inner-critic – the ‘lemon-sucking’ Sally. Little did Penny realise that true happiness was there all along. She was just too busy searching to see it. I loved the gardening theme throughout, and Penny’s pure honesty was refreshing.
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In 2017 Penny Castle gave up her career as an executive coach and happiness consultant to care for her terminally ill son, Josh.

Shortly before his death, Joshua, outlined the plot of a time travel adventure book he wanted to write. He didn't get the chance to complete his manuscript before his death in January 2018. Penny completed his story posthumously and Cure is planned to be released in Augu