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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Mindscaping: A Practical Guide For How To Be Happier is a work of non-fiction in the self-help subgenre and was penned by author Donovon Jenson. As its title suggests, the work offers practical advice on happiness from a psychological perspective and is best suited to the adult reading audience. Without resorting to the generic approach to happiness, Jenson offers a toolkit that includes building a framework for your own happiness through a landscaping metaphor. From surveying where you are right now through to building foundations and developing a resistance to ‘natural disasters,’ this is a work that has everything you need to set yourself up and work toward a happier life.
Author Donovon Jenson sets out with the mantra that happiness is something you should invest time in and work for, like any good thing in life, and it is in that spirit that Mindscaping really shines. I loved the fact that this work wasn’t some catch-all philosophy and that it acknowledges that everyone’s landscape for happiness will be totally unique and pleasing to them, even if other people don’t ‘get it.’ As such, the frameworks laid out in every chapter take you on a step-by-step approach to find exactly what makes you happy, cultivate it, and let it grow. In terms of organization, the work was well laid out, professionally done, and really easy to cross-reference and go back to key points again to enact the advice. Overall, I would highly recommend Mindscaping to anyone seeking a practical and productive way to improve their personal happiness.