Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Audiobook by Jenny Lawson is the second book written by the author. The book deals candidly and honestly with the author’s experiences with mental illness, depression, and anxiety. Jenny Lawson describes that how after the death of a friend and a serious bout of depression, she decided to be furiously happy to get back at the universe and to foil any plans to spoil and destroy her mood. She drove through various adventures and experiences to build up happy memories and counter the recurring bouts of depression. The core philosophy of the book is embracing the moment, enjoying everything which life offers, taking chances and being happy in the present.
A lot of the stories and anecdotes in the book occur after Lawson acquiring her fame and celebrity status. She travels to Australia and hugs a koala wearing a koala suit, wear fancy ballgown suits to ordinary occasions to feel happy and to meet with people in the real world despite the painful physical ability and severe social anxiety. These adventures did not help resolve the depression directly but indirectly helped her to counter her anxiety and depression. She also says that one should not believe their brains when it lies to them. The author discusses the importance of survival and the significance of community and family to her. Lawson also shares about other people like her who got inspired by her and went to their own adventures for countering their mental illness and depression.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Audiobook by Jenny Lawson received positive reviews from the critics and the readers. Though the book is not as witty and funny as her first novel “Let's Pretend This Never Happened”, it still provides good life insights to the readers.
The author provides gems of life philosophy and her wild adventures and how it helped her counter her mental illness and bouts of depression. The narrative seems like a blog collection and collection of essays. The book could have been more coherent and uniform. However, the book is still a worthy read especially for people suffering from mental illness and depression and provides lessons to the readers for making their lives more meaningful