How to Be Happy on Mondays

Life lessons to create wealth, health, and happiness every day of the week

Non-Fiction - Self Help
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 07/13/2022
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Author Biography

Bruce is an alum of Oracle Corporation, an expert in enterprise software sales, and is an award winning certified coach, helping sales leaders improve their performance. He is an Indie Author, decorated ballroom dancer, philanthropist, and speaker. His favorite title is, servant leader.

Why did I write How to Be Happy on Mondays? I buried a few things that I did not talk about, or heaven forbid, wanted to admit because I was fearful of what people might think. I also did not realize how much courage it takes to be vulnerable. In fact, it took my sister's death to be brutally honest about the twist and turn and highs and lows that I encountered in my life as I lay naked in recounting the stories.

If I am fortunate that you read my book, perhaps you will learn how my epiphanies along the way played a crucial role in my journey. In the end, it's a happy story, and one that I hope will inspire you while at the same time help others. I am grateful for that!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Frances Deborah Kerr-Phillips for Readers' Favorite

How to be Happy on Mondays by Bruce McCombs is an intriguingly curious mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary which is what makes it so enjoyable. Whilst on the one hand McCombs traces his life’s journey in an autobiographical style, on the other, he punctuates his life account with powerful thoughts and ideas which make a significant impact on the reader. Blighted from his early years by constantly being told by his grandmother that he’d never amount to anything, just like his father, McCombs had very low self-esteem as a youngster. Often, inadvertently, he got entangled in trouble, whilst the exuberance of youth led him inexorably closer to going off the rails. But McCombs’ mother’s drive and commitment inspired him to push onward and upward.

The very title of McCombs’ book, How to be Happy on Mondays, was what drew me to pick it up. I was not disappointed. McCombs is disarmingly frank, and he has no qualms with being honest about himself. His style is personal as if he is chatting to the reader which leads to an authentic reading experience. The short punchy chapter titles arouse the reader’s interest, whilst the intermittent quotations give a pause for thought. McCombs’ dogged determination, inspired by his never-complaining mother and other powerful influencers in his life, led him from self-centered indulgence to living completely for others. This makes the book ultimately one of inspiration and upliftment. McCombs’ book will motivate, encourage, and renew your passion for life.

Pikasho Deka

How to Be Happy on Mondays is both a memoir and self-help guidebook by Bruce McCombs as he tells his life story navigating the ups and downs of life before eventually finding the path to fulfillment. Born as the youngest of three siblings, Bruce grew up in his grandparents' home after his father abandoned them and their mother. Despite growing up relatively poor, his mother never let the children lack anything. Over the years, the McCombs family experienced plenty of challenges, including Bruce's older brother C.H.'s diagnosis of ALS after a stint in Vietnam. Bruce and his sister Patricia had their own struggles with drugs and alcohol. Just like his mother, Bruce never let the blows keep him down for long and worked his way up to become an integral member of the second-largest tech company in the world.

An inspirational tale showcasing the merits of resilience and perseverance, How to Be Happy on Mondays invigorates you from start to finish. Bruce McCombs lays bare his entire life story to demonstrate how the biggest challenges and seemingly insurmountable odds can be overcome through a combination of hard work, patience, diligence, strong will, and courage to follow your dreams. McCombs takes special care to mention his mother, who somehow managed to work three jobs to provide for her children after her husband abandoned them. McCombs writes in an easygoing and accessible style, with sprinkles of humor permeating the pages, making the narrative all the more enjoyable to read. Highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

How to Be Happy on Mondays: Life lessons to create wealth, health, and happiness everyday of the week is a work of non-fiction in the self-help and motivation subgenres. It is suited to the general reading audience and was penned by author Bruce McCombs. As its title and helpful subtitle suggest, this is a practical work about implementing positive thinking that actually produces results, through lessons that the author has learned through his own experiences. The book encompasses twenty-five chapters which each deliver a vital message about our perspective on the many twists and turns of life, and how to make the best of every moment – good or bad – to generate happiness and success.

There are many self-help books out there that offer a generalized and somewhat impersonal approach to improving one’s own life, and it’s clear that author Bruce McCombs stays as far away from this generic approach as possible. His words are filled with life, light, and enthusiasm, and there’s an infectious positivity to the way he sees life that will certainly encourage any reader to do the same. I also enjoyed the format and the poignant quotes that sometimes break up a story to cement a message in the reader’s memory. The Gene Simmons quote was a particularly surprising and moving moment for me especially. There are also some very helpful diagrams and lots of practical advice that you can start implementing pretty much as soon as you begin to read the book, and overall I’d certainly recommend How to Be Happy on Mondays to anyone seeking major positive change in their lives.