As you all know, I’ve committed to reading at least one chronic illness related or helpful book per month. This month’s book choice was Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.
After last month’s lack luster experience with Girl Wash You Face, I decided to switch genres. What’s the opposite of self help/spiritual? Autobiographical comedies of course! Comedies are more my speed anyway. Furiously Happy had such rave reviews, I went ahead and put it in my Amazon cart.
About the Book
Also, since February was Self Love Month, I thought this was an appropriate choice. Maybe it could help me learn to be “furiously happy” with my chronic illness and increase my self love.
This book is formatted like a collection diary posts from the author Jenny Lawson. Jenny is well-know for her very popular blog, The Bloggess, where she addresses mental health and her own struggles with depression and anxiety.
The title actually stems from of one of her past blog posts, where she talks about combating her anxiety and depression by deciding to attempt to live life in a “furiously happy” way. Also, I think it’s genius that those with mental issues are sometimes called “mad”.
I really enjoyed this book. Furiously Happy shows that despite the setbacks and falls, Lawson lives her life on her own terms and she has an amazing support system that allows her to be herself without judgement.
Some of her stories literally had tears rolling down my eyes (tears of laughter of course). She delivers the colorful anecdotes about her life in such a way that only another person with a chronic illness could relate to.
Furiously Happy was not purely a comedy show. There were also a few chapters that touched on the realness of how hard living with mental illnesses can be for both herself and her family/friends.
For A Spoonie By a Spoonie
As someone with a chronic illness I love when others share their stories. It helps spread awareness and understanding. Also, I think spoonie humor is a different level of sarcasm. I don’t personally struggle with Jenny’s mental disorders but I can relate to my own smaller bouts of depression and anxiety.
Overall, Furiously Happy was ” A Funny Book about Horrible Things” and I’m glad I picked it up!