Books Reviews

365 Ways to Have a Good Day

Cover of the book 365 days to have a good day by Ian Sanders



How are the next twelve months looking for you? Pretty much the same as last year? Or are you ready to make things interesting?

365 WAYS TO HAVE A GOOD DAY is a full year’s worth of daily inspiration, tools, habits, actions and rituals that will set you on the path to personal success. You’ll encounter surprising insights and odd experiments from the world of cutting-edge psychology. You’ll discover the benefits of Feierabends and Laughies, have your eyes opened by a dance psychologist, and learn why one senior executive’s tattooed fingers help him make the right career choices. You’ll find stories to inspire you to even greater achievements, pick up habit-forming strategies from unexpected sources, get prompts to help you put ideas into action, explore brain hacks and uncover tips for lasting behavior change.

You’ll meet a cast of characters from around the world who know all about creating success, from the founder of a billion-dollar mindfulness company in California to the Hollywood screenwriter who takes up to eight showers a day to fuel his ideas, and from the Harvard Business School professor who discovered more joy at work by wearing red trainers to the man who every Friday for five years set up a table in central NYC to give advice to strangers, including a gang member on the run.

365 WAYS TO HAVE A GOOD DAY focuses on the small stuff you can do every day to make life better. Because when you get the little things right, the big things follow. Things like figuring out where you’re going, hitting reset, designing the life you want, breaking through limiting beliefs, and creating success on your own terms. And when you find what works for you, you can do more of it, making you more productive, more fulfilled, and much happier.

Use this book to help you seize the day – all 365 of them. The next twelve months could be the best days of your life.


In this book, Ian Sanders gives you 365 actionable tips in clear, concise language. Aimed at making your day better, they range from being extremely specific to wild and fantastic. Some of them fall under familiar categories, such as personal development, but some other concepts, such as susegad, feierabend, keyifli, arbejdsglaede, fernweh, sobremesas, and fikabreak may be new to you.

The tips may not all be relevant to you. However, you will be able to understand the essence of what Sanders is trying to convey and customize them to suit your situation.

Being an incurable optimist, I believe that we can try to make any day a good day even when things seem hopelessly out of our control. I believe that reflecting upon your circumstances and changing your perspective can bring about major changes in your life. So, I like the book’s premise.

Sanders weaves in anecdotes of his experiences engagingly to expound it. He mentions many interesting people, books, and other resources, which I intend to explore later.

I read it in one go. The chapters have numbers and not dates, which means you can start reading it any day. You can refer to a tip or two as and when needed.

Overall, an enjoyable book that has practical and unique tips for improving your life. It does exactly what the blurb says. It delivers on all accounts.


NetGalley provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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