Happy Guide by Michael Kinnaird #BookReview #Competition #Giveaway

Ever wondered how to create a lifestyle where you genuinely feel happy? Fulfilled? Content? Ready for other challenges?

It’s all about mindset, to be honest, and a healthy lifestyle.

If you are feeling good on the inside, you’ll project feeling good on the outside.

And if you are feeling happy within yourself, you ‘ll be more willing to face challenges that you encounter in day to day life.

I read a book recently, Happy Guide by Michael Kinnaird, which was a short, succinct guide to how to retrain your mind, and ultimately, your body to be ‘happy’, leading to a more fulfilling life.


I have been feeling a little bleurgh recently, and reading this gave me a kick up the backside, to start thinking about the root causes of my bleurgh-ness.

  • I need to sort my diet out.
  • I need to add some physical exercise to my day.
  • I need to ensure I am sleeping better, and more regularly.
  • I need to set some goals which I really want to achieve.
  • I need to learn to step back from things and learn to say no.

I’ve always been a pretty positive person, and that will never go away, but I fear it had slightly dimmed, with my exhaustion recently.

This book reminded me of the various stages I needed to go through to get my ‘happy’ back.

  • break bad habits
  • picture positive changes in my life
  • plan for a successful, happy future
  • eat and drink better
  • exercise
  • use nature’s medication and meditation, not be reliant on drugs
  • sleep better
  • clear my mind as well as my surroundings of clutter
  • start down the road to HAPPY!

A lot of the advice in the book is common sense. There were many chapters I read and smiled at, knowing my Pops says the same.

But it was great to have it all in one place, and in an order, that was easy to follow, and it left me feeling that I could succeed, and feel more fulfilled too!

And, lucky for you readers, I have access to three copies to be won by three of you!

I was approached by Michael’s brother, James, asking if I’d be interested in hosting a competition/giveaway.

And so here I am, happily giving these copies away, though, it’s not thatย easy! Here’s what I request of you, to be considered for one of the three copies.

“Happiness in a line” – tell me in one line how you achieve happiness. The three answers that touch a chord win a copy of the book, either digital or physical.

You have until Midnight (UK time)ย  Sunday 3rd June to post your entries in the comments below.

Good Luck!

Find out a little more about the Happy Guide by clicking here.

I’m always happy to help fellow writers and bloggers, though I wasn’t familiar with the book. They kindly sent me a copy to read, so I would feel confident with giving away their baby, alongside my own thoughts.


37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: The Happy Guide Competition Winners Announcement | But I Smile Anyway...
  2. pranabaxom
    Jun 02, 2018 @ 04:45:13

    “I need to add some physical exercise to my day.” – what about belly dance practice to reduce that belly๐Ÿ˜.
    Maybe I need to pick up my daily walk. Getting quite lethargic with the advent of hot days.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Erika Kind
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 19:51:08

    Right, happiness is not something we are gifted with. It is an inner concept. What we choose to think, we feel, and what we feel, we send out. What comes back is not a reward or a punishment but a natural consequence. The law of action and reaction. It would be so easy… and once we get the clue, it is. The more we live it the more we are able to cope with all life brings. And we understand that all life brings is a way to find out what we want and what we don’t want. We learn from its consequences… oh, Gosh, I could go on an on… lol!
    It is fantastic that you posted this review. Thank you for spreading awareness about the laws of life which help to find out what life really is about.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. posttragiclife
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 18:42:00

    Welcome back Ritu! Whether I am too late for the competition or not, I will tell you how I achieve happiness. Okay, so…
    I keep my eyes open to see the beauty in the darkness.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Aimer Boyz
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 18:04:03

    I have this book sitting on my laptop, haven’t read it yet. Probably should ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person


  6. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 15:13:47

    Oh, this is great. Sounds like a wonderful book.
    I wake up, SMILE, and start my day. You can see Happiness is everywhere when you smile.

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Bryan Fagan
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 13:39:33

    It comes down to choices but a lot of it comes down to experience. We need to make the bad choices, meet the bad people and so on in order to learn not to repeat those same mistakes again.

    Excellent as always. Thanks!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person


  8. kazgirl22
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 12:33:16

    I can’t wait to check this out! I, like you, feel like I’m a positive person a lot of the time, but also like you said – I feel it is dimmed!

    Happiness is humble; it’s realizing just how blessed you are in life. So many people complain about the daily thing that is life, instead of waking up every morning grateful to be alive and able to take on the day! It is extremely difficult, but I try just once a week to take my step back, to evaluate just how GOOD my life truly is. Take the power to control your life and look at the wonderful things you have it in, because there are so many. โค That’s happiness!!!

    Liked by 1 person


  9. willowdot21
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 10:58:00

    Interesting Sis ๐Ÿ’œ

    Liked by 1 person


  10. Don Massenzio
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 08:25:59

    Reblogged this on DSM Publications and commented:

    Check out the book, Happy Guide, by Michael Kinnaird, as featured in this post on the But I Smile Anyway blog.

    Liked by 2 people


  11. Eric Klingenberg
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 07:27:03

    Happiness is reading Harry Potter.

    I’m nothing if not predictable.

    Liked by 1 person


  12. robbiesinspiration
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 06:45:52

    I feel the same as you, Ritu. I am a positive person too and I was feeling very jaded before I took a bit of leave recently. We all need breaks from everything.

    Liked by 1 person


  13. shelleywilson72
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 06:44:00

    Sounds like my kind of book, Ritu! Great review. Hope your bleurgh-ness lifts soon xx

    Liked by 1 person


  14. foodzesty
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 06:32:23

    Ahhh a good one…Happiness for me is to be content. I just woke up one morning and said enough!!! something that has been very hard for me to achieve with so many many difficulties that I have had in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚ You sweet lady need to rest, day a break, go on VACATION!!! love you Ritu…..huge hugs

    Liked by 1 person


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

My interactive peeps!

%d bloggers like this: