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Small Joys

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You know that feeling when you’re laughing so hard it hurts, tears are streaming down your face, and you’ve stopped making any sounds? That! We love that. 16. Ice-cold water on a hot day. This book itself is a small joy, a lovely and quiet love story. (So small though that it might be more like a 3.5 for me?) I enjoyed the tenderness of the story and the relationships at play, but it did seem to wander a bit and some of my big questions never got answered.

Finally getting a giant cleaning task done… like organizing all of your paper clutter or cleaning out your pantry The sensational debut novel about love, friendship and finding happiness in the most unexpected places.It’s been a couple of months since I read this now and I still find myself thinking about it, Harley and Muddy often. This is a quiet novel with a big impact and I can’t wait to see how the world reacts now that it’s finally been released. Corina Diez from Random House Publishing Group offered me an eARC of this book, and I’m so happy that she did because I’m not sure if I would have requested this book on NetGalley. I loved Elvin James Mensah’s descriptive and lyrical writing, and the story felt really personal to me. I am eagerly looking out for Elvin’s next novel! Small joys are what I’ve come to appreciate the most since my life shrunk with chronic illness and pain. Instead of constantly mourning the big things I’ve lost or can’t have, which is so easy to do, I’ve tried to appreciate the little things. We can find joy in the ordinary and peace among the chaos. It’s challenging but so worthwhile to try, whatever your health or situation. Here’s a look at what small joys are and how they can benefit our day to day life, symptom management and overall wellbeing. What Are Small Joys? It’s about recognizing the little joys that are all around us if we only take the time to look for them. Hasegawa points out that in English, the word life means both lifetime and everyday life. So, ikigai translated as life’s purpose sounds very grand. “But in Japan we have jinsei, which means lifetime and seikatsu, which means everyday life,” he says. The concept of ikigai aligns more to seikatsu and, through his research, Hasegawa discovered that Japanese people believe that the sum of small joys in everyday life results in more fulfilling life as a whole.

Many thanks to @scribneruk @simonandschusteruk for the arc via @netgalley. Small Joys was published this month and is available on audio on @scribd.Small Joys of Real Life is an easy, pleasurable read with surprising depth. There is doom in this life, more than we possibly realise, but there is also promise and hope; not just in new life that grows within us, but in our little moments of living, breathing joy even as we stare down the barrel of certain, unpredictable death. Creating family rituals, like game nights or eating special meals together on certain days of the week (i.e., Taco Tuesday or Pizza Friday.) Thanks again for a truly delightful post. I hope you are as okay as you can be. Take good care of yourself, Caz. Love Ellie xxx 🤗 I use social media for two main reasons: 1) to stay current on important work-related information and 2) to look up local garage sales and random household items for sale in the local buy/sell groups. Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, for sharing this incredible friendship. I appreciate your kindness.

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