When life shovels shit on you, shrug it off, tread it in, and you will always stand higher in life. – Ajahn Brahm

All you booklovers out there probably know the struggle of getting asked what your favourite book is. I’ve kinda always feared that question, because not only do I find it super hard to pick only one book out of thousands (they are all my babies after all) I also used to forget the titles of every book I’ve ever read. Long story short, that question usually lead to very awkward stammering and a loss for words. However, when I first read Ajahn Brahm’s “Don’t Worry Be Grumpy” my life changed for the better, because I’ve finally found the book I would take on a deserted island with me.

Let me show you why.

The Australian Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm wrote his first book “Don’t Worry Be Grumpy: Inspiring stories of making the most of each moment” in 2014 and has since then sold millions of copies all over the world. We can therefore say that his book was a huge success and he has continued to write a couple more books, the most famous one being “Who ordered this truckload of dung?”.

“Don’t worry be grumpy” consists of 108 individual short stories, each of which tells about an unfortunate event that happened to someone and shows how to see the bright side of that incident, using a hell lot humour. That makes it the perfect book to read in the morning because it’s such a boost for your mood and motivation. Also, the messages Brahm delivers through his writing make you rethink the way you see your daily life, which causes you to become more laid-back and therefore less stressed-out. Furthermore, I always find that reading “Don’t Worry Be Grumpy” makes me feel reconnected with nature, that’s why my favourite place to read it is somewhere in the woods, preferably close to a river.

One of my favourite stories.

Make sure to give this book a go. You can grab your copy here and if you want to find out more about the author I’ve linked his profile on the Buddhist Society of Western Australia here.

See you soon

Kristina x

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any kind.

​Journeythroughthemind has been founded in 2016 by 21-year-old Kristina. The Austrian writer and copywriting student discovered her love for writing and books in her early childhood and has since then written numerous texts in both English and German. The original idea for the blog was to share reviews of books with fellow book-lovers, but when Kristina made the decision to pursue a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle in autumn 2018, she decided to share her experiences on the blog as well. In short, Jourenythroughthemind is indeed a journey through literature and sustainability with the occasional post about fashion, beauty, fitness or mental health.

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