Book Review: Every Day A Friday by Joel Osteen

We all love Friday evenings, don’t we? In his book, “Every day a Friday: How to be happier 7 days a week”, New York Times bestselling author, Joel Osteen teaches us the secrets of leading a happy life every single day of the week. Joel Osteen is one of the most watched inspirational figures with millions watching his weekly broadcast through the internet, television and radio. His never fading smile qualifies him to be an eligible candidate to talk about being happy every day.

Every day a Friday: How to be happier 7 days a week

Recent studies show that happiness increases by ten percent on Fridays. The joy of looking forward to a great weekend takes away all the tension and eases our minds. We are free and want to make the most of every minute. Most people dread Mondays and just scrape through to the weekend. In his book, Joel Osteen shares with us seven secrets in order to have the same amount of happiness every day of the week – not just on a Friday! Let’s take a small glimpse at these secrets:

Don’t give away your power – Since happiness is a choice that we ought to make, we should be careful not to give away our power and settle for unhappiness. When we stand our ground, we can have a fulfilled and happy life.

Know what to ignore – There will be so many things against us. But, we should know which battle to fight and which ones to ignore by looking at the big picture. We should learn to ignore the backbiters, naysayers, gossipers and people limiting us and fight only the battles that matter.

Live without crutches – Our choice to live a happy life should not have any strings attached. We should stop comparing and competing with others and should also cease going around for the approval of people in order to approve ourselves. When we just relax and stay on the high road, the right people will automatically come into our lives.

Travel light – He teaches us to travel light; by forgiving offenses, overcoming disappointments and making some changes with our attitude and replacing a critical mindset with unconditional love. This will prepare us to effectively deal with difficult situations. On a side note: nowadays, there is no need to carry heavy bags with documents and files, thanks to these two supreme remote working technologies to access your online private work space remotely from anywhere on any device(PC/Mac/android/iOS) – Cloud hosted citrix vdi and Hosted QuickBooks from with add-ons like Office 365 Enterprise E3 suite.

Laugh often – Here, Joel emphasizes on the healing power of laughter and on how this medicine can help us look at everything with a different light. The emphasis continues on how we can change our environment and the atmosphere around us by just our simile.

Be a dream releaser – Joel calls us to go out and help others to win and accomplish their dreams. We should not be always occupied by our own needs but rather be a people builder and one who is a source of healing and comfort to those around us.

Celebrate yourself – This is the most important key of it all. We should not sit back and wait for someone else to motivate us; we should encourage ourselves and wear ourselves well, instead of trying to hide what we have.

To sum it up, Joel Osteen teaches that happiness is our choice. We can either sit back with our bundle of excuses and be grumpy and sour, or we can make up our mind to be happy irrespective of what the day holds for us.

This book helped me change my perspective of things and taught me what to ignore, and to deal with unexpected difficulties.

Osteen, Joel. Every day a Friday: How to be happier 7 days a week. New York: Hachette Book Group. 2012

Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week. Buy it on Amazon.

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