"Hilariously witty, unflinchingly honest, and brimming with hope." Bobbi Brown
"A fascinating, thorough, and truly helpful book. I loved it!" Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Calm the F*ck Down
The Happiness Project meets So Sad Today in this "hilariously witty, unflinchingly honest" book from the beloved founder of Words of Women, contemplating the nature of negative emotions, and the insights that allowed her to take back control.
Five years ago, Lauren Martin was sure something was wrong with her. She had a good job in New York, an apartment in Brooklyn, a boyfriend, yet every day she wrestled with feelings of inferiority, anxiety and irritability. It wasn't until a chance encounter with a (charming, successful) stranger who revealed that she also felt these things, that Lauren set out to better understand the hold that these moods had on her, how she could change them, and began to blog about the wisdom she uncovered. It quickly exploded into an international online community of women who felt like she did: lost, depressed, moody, and desirous of change.
Inspired by her audience to press even deeper, The Book of Moods shares Lauren's journey to infuse her life with a sense of peace and stability. With observations that will resonate and inspire, she dives into the universal triggers every woman faces - whether it's a comment from your mother, the relentless grind at your job, days when you wish the mirror had a Valencia filter, or all of the above. Blending cutting-edge science, timeless philosophy, witty anecdotes and effective forms of self-care, Martin has written a powerful, intimate, and incredibly relatable chronicle of transformation, proving that you really can turn your worst moods into your best life.
Martin, founder of online writing community Words of Women, debuts with a thoughtful take on how to prevent emotional responses from becoming negative moods. Feeling frustrated or anxious is universal, Martin writes, and overcoming such feelings is the key to living one's best life. To that end, she outlines strategies to mentally and emotionally reset, through small acts like taking the time to spoil oneself or giving oneself permission to walk away from an aggravating situation. Martin also shares how she came to recognize and deal with emotional triggers: "My triggers were the unique set of things that had the power to push my buttons. If I could avoid my triggers, I could avoid the emotions that would follow." While many of the tactics are elementary (taking deep breaths, developing a daily routine), Martin's buoyant tone will help any reader break out of a funk: "Becoming a strong woman is like becoming a self-made millionaire: It doesn't happen overnight." Self-help readers who enjoy the work of Gretchen Rubin should take a look.