Sunday, July 13, 2014

What to Be...: Be Happy! by Monica Sheehan


That's a good place to start, in Monica Sheehan's just revised compilation of cartoons from Real Simple magazine, Be Happy: A Little Book to Help You Live a Happy Life (Little, Brown, 2014).

And if sitting quietly is more your cup of tea, Sheehan has a single-frame panel advising that you just READ A BOOK. Her little spotted pooch is seen engrossed in a doggy tale by F. Spot Fitzgerald.

In feel-good one-frame comic vignettes Sheehan urges that you follow your bliss, whatever you particular pleasure is--doing what you love, following your heart, shown as a red heart with stick legs, leading the way

Other admonitions are to do the right thing--being kind, sharing, not comparing yourself with others but being the best you know how to be, by being open to making mistakes as you stay true to your dreams, and being thankful for what you have.

With short captions and funny depictions of cartoon characters--people, animals, and anthropomorphized objects--this book is good as a pick-me-up read for both grownups and kids.

And if a little book cannot totally "help you have a happy life," at least this little book can make you smile. And that's a start.

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