Aggressively Happy - Book Review

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Imagine a book that challenges you to live a full life and be your best self, yet also assures you that life is good and that no matter what, you're an amazing person.

Aggressively Happy by Joy Marie Clarkson is that book. After someone attempted to insult her on social media by calling her "aggressively happy",  she took it as a compliment and used it as inspiration for this book.


Nobody needs to tell us that the world is a dark, discouraging place. Everyone is aware of death, sickness, and evil. However, that doesn't mean we have to let the darkness affect us.

Joy Clarkson explores this topic in a relatable, non-preachy way. She believes that despite how awful life can be, we can be happy and have the potential to have a wonderful life. She lays out how to deal with negativity, both in the shape of people and thoughts, and gives practical tips on how to enjoy life and have joy.

Pros and Cons

First of all, look at the cover. Doesn't it brighten up your day a little bit?

Joy writes in a personal, friendly way. She's like a pen pal, older sister, and mentor rolled into one. It's like you're stepping into the presence of a good friend who cares about you.

There's plenty of down-to-earth advice about how to be aggressively happy, but she also acknowledges how hard life is and shares several personal experiences, making you feel like you're not the only one. If you're looking for a book about being joyful despite the circumstances, this is it.

The only con about this book is that it ends too soon.


At the end of each chapter there's a list of things to watch, read, and listen to, as well as questions to make you think about the topic. Because of this, this book would work well for small groups.

And just a warning: Joy's infectious cheerfulness is contagious. Before the end of the book you might find yourself emulating her.

This book is good for both men and women.
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Lizzy - June 24th, 2024 at 8:37am

Sounds very interesting! I'll have to check it out!

- June 24th, 2024 at 9:16am

I hope you enjoy it!

Beth - June 24th, 2024 at 1:01pm

I love all the books by Joy's mama, Sally. I can't wait to read this one! Sounds like a good one to help push back against the negativity of the world!

- June 25th, 2024 at 8:07am

It is! A great book for everyone.

Nana - June 24th, 2024 at 4:48pm

What a wonderful review.I am going to find that one. Great job .

- June 25th, 2024 at 8:14am

Thank you!