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“Our body is … a vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~ Buddha

When I’m having a particularly bad day, I do two things.




This is how it goes for me.

This is how I understand the world and solve the problems I’m facing. It’s how I go inward and discover the abundance in my life.

There is ALWAYS abundance.

But, on those cloudy days — or those stormy weeks — I can be found curled up next to a window, with a blanket over my lap and cup of tea at my side with a book in my hand.

Reading. Soaking in other people’s wisdom. Absorbing new ideas. Brainstorming new ways to think about an new problem that’s popped up in life.

Reading any one of these beauties below brings me true joy. Sometimes, I’ll read a little bit of all of them in one sitting.

These are my happy books. They remind me to live.

They offer self-discovery, motivation and perspective as well as solace for a sad heart. They bring me peace when I need it most.

They are the hug I sometimes need at the end of a long, long day.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I. Stick them on your wish list with a note that says, “Books to Keep Mama Happy.”

8 Books to Inspire a Happy Mama


When I am feeling … Stifled, creatively or lacking personal time —


I re-read…



Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy,” by Sarah Van Breathnach. This book has been the heart and soul of my life for two years. I can’t recommend it enough.

When I am feeling … Inspired — 

I re-read



Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally,” by Patti Digh. Fun book!

When I’m feeling … disappointed with someone or something in my life  

I re-read


I re-read “Four-Word Self Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives,” by Patti Digh. Easy and lovely to look at.

When I am feeling … Bored or stuck in my life —

I re-read


The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir,” by Katrina Kenison. This is just a fun, slow-down kind of read.

When I am feeling … Tormented with a behavior issue I cannot solve 

I re-read


Two books — the first is “The Conscious Parent,” by Dr. Shefali Tsabary — Sometimes, I look at my older twin daughter and see nothing but myself. This book opened my eyes to that. For all that she does to push my buttons, she is simply my mirror image at times. This book provides the simple perspective of what I can do to be the change I want to see in the world when it comes to my mission of raising happy families.

The second is “How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen & Listen So Your Kids Will Talk,” by Adele Faber — I always re-read this one because I’m forever finding myself in a situation when I’ve said the wrong thing, or said too much, or can’t get the kids to get their pajamas on, etc. etc. etc. This centers me and I always walk a little taller as a Mama after reading it. This is the book that gives me Mama Power in the gentle, kind and loving way I desire to be.

When I am feeling … Generally frustrated as a Mama 

I re-read


Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood,” by my wise friend Karen Maezen Miller. She just gets this whole mothering thing.


When I’m feeling … unsettled and out of sorts

I re-read


Peace is Every Step,” By Thich Nhat Hanh — The book that centers me every single time I pick it up and read it.


How about you? Any great books to share with us? 

Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Simon Cocks

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