A Practical Guide For How To Be Happier

Non-Fiction - Self Help
354 Pages
Reviewed on 10/06/2021
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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.

Shannon Winings

Who doesn't need a little help feeling happier and brighter in today's world? The news is littered with pain, drama, and sickness. How are we to maintain positive outlooks with all this? With these thoughts, I picked up Mindscaping: A Practical Guide For How To Be Happier by Donovon Jenson. The author quickly notes that everyone is different, and reframing your thought processes and learned behaviors is not easy. He addresses the complexity of emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and habits. Then, the author works with the reader. He goes through self-reflection, personal honesty and integrity, positive affirmations, and discipline, amongst many others. The book questions the reader and makes sure they are involved in bettering themselves rather than just telling the reader what they are doing wrong.

As a fan of self-help and psychology, I found myself quite looking forward to tips and tricks to keep my positivity moving in an upward direction. Like most who are rather introspective, I often already found myself applying principles and thoughts throughout the book. It's easy to reflect on habits, feelings, and actions; however, it is not always easy to get out of a loop and create new habits to help better execute goals. This book made it seem less daunting. Donovon Jenson visually puts forward important statements to help push them to the forefront of your mind. They're in larger print than the normal text and are great reminders. He also uses questions to provoke thoughts and changes. Overall, Mindscaping is a well-balanced self-help book guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Tammy Ruggles

Mindscaping: A Practical Guide For How To Be Happier, by Donovon Jenson, is a compelling self-help guide to finding personal happiness. This author offers simple, honest, clear-cut ways to be a happier you without going into the cookie-cutter territory. This advice is meant for the individual, and Jenson leads you with research and tested methods. The author addresses more than happiness, however. You'll find advice on optimizing your health, which plays a part in your happiness. The insights Jenson shares are meant to be transformative in the long term--a lifetime commitment, so happiness isn't something that can be achieved in an instant, though you will be well on your way with his help.

Within the pages of this easy-to-digest book, Jenson uses examples from his own life as a popular Google software engineer to illustrate just how powerful his practical concepts can be. You can apply them to your own life to attain your goals and become the success you envision. I like the idea that you can choose to be happy, that you don't have to let life happen to you. You're in the driver's seat. All you have to do is shape your mind. And Jenson offers individualized, thought-provoking questions so that you can reflect on what you think and how you feel about things. I think his advice on managing stress and learning good habits from other successful people is very helpful. If you want the perfect book to motivate, lead, and inspire you to find a framework for happiness tailored to your wants and needs, reach for Mindscaping: A Practical Guide For How To Be Happier by Donovon Jenson.

Renee Guill

Mindscaping: A Practical Guide For How To Be Happier by Donovon Jenson is a self-help book. It gives you tools to find ways to be happier in life. Donovon Jenson uses an analogy to help guide you and gives you a framework to let you personalize your own tools to use. They explain how your mind is like a landscape, and you need the right tools to keep your mind strong and happy. They give you lots of questions to answer and reflect on. They use their experience to help explain the tools too. They also have a recap at the end, along with a website you can go to to get more info.

I loved how unique Mindscaping by Donovon Jenson is. I loved the analogy of the landscape in your mind. I loved that Donovan Jenson tells us that everyone is unique, so they need to pick and choose what works for them. The value tree tool is my favorite; it made things much easier to see. I loved the reflection questions at the end of each chapter. I liked that he suggested getting more help and resources if you need them. The disaster analogy, i.e., tornado, was spot on. I liked how Donovon Jenson talks about the why, the what, and how for each tool. Using their experience as examples was a nice touch. I thought the recap at the end was extremely helpful. I loved the encouragement too. If you are looking for a better way to find happiness, I highly recommend this book, especially as a visualizer.

Vincent Dublado

With all the heavy stress affecting us physically and psychologically, happiness becomes more and more elusive, and there doesn’t seem to be any let up on the releases of self-help books that offer the key to happiness strategies—most of which are too generalized and theoretical. I am fortunate to review Donovon Jenson’s Mindscaping: A Practical Guide For How To Be Happier. Simply put, mindscaping is a therapeutic process designed to guide you through creating a lifelong happiness optimization process. Think of it as a map of your subconscious to navigate and find essential areas that require solutions. Divided into eight chapters, it walks you step by step from the framework of happiness to leveraging the most powerful resources available to you during a crisis. Don’t be intimidated by the visual overview of the mindscaping concept. It is actually very helpful in assisting you in organizing your thoughts, action, and motivations to give you the capacity to experience joy in everyday life.

Just like Donovon Jenson, you may have felt or have been feeling that life’s challenges are putting you into a rut. This causes you to lack motivation and doubt yourself. Mindscaping provides you with the key to open your doors and get rid of your stumbling blocks. Unlike generalized self-help books, this work allows you to focus on what you can influence to pave your path toward living a balanced life. However, this is not a get-happy-quick solution as mindscaping is a lifelong process. Donovon Jenson writes in a reassuring voice. He doesn’t make any promises that tomorrow you will be instantly happy, but he assures you that it is possible to wake up one day and realize that you are happy. Read it, study it, and live it. It is one of the best investments you can make for your well-being.