The Joy Compass: Eight Ways to Find Lasting Happiness, Gratitude, and Optimism in the Present MomentThe Joy Compass: Eight Ways to Find Lasting Happiness, Gratitude, and Optimism in the Present Moment by Donald Altman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I picked up “The Joy Compass,” I’ll admit I really liked the idea behind the book, in which it treats happiness like orienting a compass in the direction one wishes to go. That’s rather intuitive and quite cool. Donald Altman does a great job with the overarching narrative following this idea. I followed along with some of the breathing techniques, the journaling ideas, among other measures through the narrative and really appreciated the brief insight to them from a mindfulness approach. “The Joy Compass” is under 200 pages and definitely worth perusing for a variety of techniques. I wouldn’t say it’s a comprehensive guide, but it’s one that draws attention to aspects in your own personal well-being, your relationships, and the smaller details to enhance the quality of your larger life. I appreciated the read and would recommend it.

Overall score: 3/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher New Harbinger Publications.

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