Escaping when you are having a bad day is one of the best ways to get over what you are going through. Its easy to let your problems consume you, but you don’t have to let them.
When you are having a bad day there are a number of things that you can do to improve your day and your mood. Picking up a good read can be an easy harmless way to make you feel better.
Books have been around for centuries as a way to enjoy and pass time. Walking in the shoes of someone else, experiencing extreme challenges from the safety of your couch, and being flown away to a magical land are all reasons that we read. In addition to emotional happiness there are also many health and mental benefits to reading.
The next time you are having a bad day try picking up one of these books and see if it improves your mood:
- Year of Yes-Shonda Rhimes. This book is about breaking away from your daily routine and trying something new. It is inspiring, moving and motivating. Rhimes draws from and talks about her own life experiences so that the reader can make connections to their own life and see where they can make changes for the better.
- Rainy Day Sisters-Kate Hewitt. This book is about a woman named Lucy whose life in Boston is spiraling out of control and into a deep ditch. To escape she moves across the globe to her sister’s house where she tries to piece her life back together. This book emphasizes the importance of optimism and family togetherness in a sweet story filled with both tears and joy.
- Wild-Cheryl Strayed. This book is an autobiography written by the author Cheryl about some of the most trying times in her life and how she has managed to come over them. From cheating on her husband to her mother dying of cancer there is no shortage of bad days in this book. Throughout the book, we get to dive deeper into the heart of Cheryl and see how she deals with and handles the life she has made for herself.
- The Story of Babar-Jean de Brunhoff. Babar is an elephant whose life is turned upside down when his mother is killed and he is exiled from his home. This book shows Babar’s struggles and battles to overcome the death of his mother, return to his homeland and take back the crown that is rightfully his. Although this is a classic children’s literature, this book can speak to us all about getting through and fighting the good fight when the odds are against you.
- Eat Pray Love-Elizabeth Gilbert. “Eat Pray Love” is a book about the author Elizabeth’s one-year journey across the globe learning how to love herself after divorce. The book is witty and fun to read and reminds the reader that you are you before you are anything to anyone else.
- The Giver-Lois Lowry. This book is about a futuristic world where everything from career to marriage is all arranged and planned. There is no sadness, fear and most decisions are eliminated so that life is as pleasant as possible. The book centers around an 11 year old boy named Jonas who comes into an elderly gentleman that gives him memories of the past and Jonas’ perception is forever changed. The Giver focuses on the meaning of life and memory and remind us all of what is most important.
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being-Milan Kundera. The book centers around a woman who loves a man who loves not only her but other women as well. As they grow and love, we see the challenges of their relationship unfold. “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” is a book that forces the reader to question ideas of love and life.
- A Dog’s Life-Peter Mayle. “A Dog’s Life” is narrated by the main character, a dognamed Boy. Throughout the book, Boy talks about his ife experiences in a funny easy to read manner that will have you laughing throughout the book.
If you enjoyed this list or have any books you would like to recommend, please feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks!
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