Apr 20, 2021
Bonjour, Happiness!: Secrets to Finding Your Joie de Vivre
Posted by Jamie Cat Callan

French women didn t invent happiness But they know a thing or two about joie de vivre being alive to each delicious moment.As a young girl, Jamie Cat Callan was fascinated by her French grandmother Though she had little money, Jamie s grand m re ate well, dressed well, and took joy in simple, everyday pleasures As Jamie journeyed through France as an adult, she gainedFrench women didn t invent happiness But they know a thing or two about joie de vivre being alive to each delicious moment.As a young girl, Jamie Cat Callan was fascinated by her French grandmother Though she had little money, Jamie s grand m re ate well, dressed well, and took joy in simple, everyday pleasures As Jamie journeyed through France as an adult, she gained insight into the differences between French and American women French women whether doctors, shop owners, or housewives don t worry about being thin enough, young enough, or accomplished enough They age gracefully and celebrate their bodies They know how to balance their lives to love food without overeating, to work hard but not too much, to relish friends and family, and still make time for themselves Now Jamie draws on everything French women have taught her and shows you how to Buy and consume less and enjoy Look like a million Euros on a few francsFind time to be aloneFlirt la fran aiseRediscover your own mystery Perfection isn t attainable, but happiness always is And this uplifting, revelatory book shows every woman how to embrace it and savor it Praise for French Women Don t Sleep Alone Adorable Erica Jong Reveals sexy French secrets for upping your confidence and attracting potential mates Your inner Goddess will rejoice Bonnie Fuller Entertaining and informative Helena Frith Powell

  • Title: Bonjour, Happiness!: Secrets to Finding Your Joie de Vivre
  • Author: Jamie Cat Callan
  • ISBN: 9780806534107
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bonjour Happiness Secrets to Finding Your Joie de Vivre French women didn t invent happiness But they know a thing or two about joie de vivre being alive to each delicious moment As a young girl Jamie Cat Callan was fascinated by her French grandmother Th


    Jamie Cat Callan s book, Bonjour, Happiness, was such a pleasant one to read I picked it up because the title caught my eye and I figure everyone could use some happiness in their life And then last Monday I was having such a crappy day that when I finished reading Norwegian Wood I decided that Bonjour, Happiness would be next on the list Maybe it could teach me a thing or two about how to avoid those kind of bad days or even if not how to avoid them, how to at least make them tolerable And sh [...]


    A number of ideas presented but a very disorganized and scattered narrative Overall, the book is a hyperbolic glorification of the author s paradigm of an idealistic French woman with a rather odd sales pitch for Weight Watchers In the final chapters, Callan begins to describe her own life s search for who she was and direction in her twenties while living in France and England Here might lie an interesting story However, as her 20 something self realizes she hasn t been true to herself, has bee [...]


    Started out good, then fell into obsession with appearance feeling good will make you look good will make you feel good and how you should be shopping all the time so you can know your community better over simplified, but still The author said she interviewed a large number of French citizens, but the ones she represented seem to all come from the same socio economic class es enough disposable income to be buying nice clothes and travelling all the time Overall, her view of the French and life [...]

    Sandra Soetanto

    A writing based on the author s experiences, observations and interviews, this book explains us on how French woman invent their happiness in enjoying their daily life and worry less about things The author especially compare the habit French women have with Americans she is an American Her simple writings, tips, and explanations invite the readers to take pleasure in present moments and might be a gentle reminder for the women who has been drown in busy stressful moments in their life to stop a [...]

    Katie O'Sullivan

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of BONJOUR HAPPINESS, Jamie s second book about finding happiness the French way While I enjoyed the first book, I really loved this one I felt like I could relate to many of the simple, practical suggestions she made for finding joy and happiness in our everyday lives.I would totally recommend this book, and am really looking forward to seeing Jamie speak this summer when she visits Cape Cod.


    Jamie does it again although she s talking about the French, a lot of what she says explains why I was so happy in Colombia Hopefully I ll be able to see her in person at the Bastille Day Event at Green Street Arts Center in Middletown CT this summer.

    Iheartbooks Nugraeni

    Cute book light reading After reading this, I want to look for a sweet scented shampoo to be my signature scent.


    Vacation fluff And that s OK.


    A very sweet book that compares the American and French way of living.

    Gabi Coatsworth

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I read because I was planning to attend a conference where the author would be speaking She turned out to be just as much fun as the her book Essentially, it s an easy going read, with lots of suggestions for how to enjoy life , and since it s done with a French twist so to speak it makes it even readable.I had no expectations of following any of the suggestions when I started reading, but I find myself looking for something to wear that has a bit of flair [...]


    It is the second book that I read by this author She loves France and admires French women Her grandmother was French but she was born and grew up in the U.S.A She tries to find the French women s secret out I learned new things about the French and their culture thanks to this book but I preferred French Women Don t Sleep Alone.


    Bonjour, Happiness is yet another of those live like the French books that are so popular Like many of the books in this genre it is a mixed bag.The good One thing I liked about the book is that Jamie Cat Callan seems to be a jolly and positive person Her optimism comes through the page I liked that fact that she thinks that you can improve your life no matter how old you are A lot of advice in this book is very good Mainly value yourself, slow down and appreciate the little things I did finish [...]

    Veronika Ulina

    i really really love this book classy, posture, and everything that every girl shoul know i m so in love with paris gosh.


    It s a 350p book about enjoying the little things in life and how to be happy She uses a lot of French references and quotes but this book really doesn t have a lot to do with France, just examples The basic tone gets repeated over and over again, I get it, do what makes me happy, take a step back and enjoy the little things I m still trying to understand why she made it French She uses a lot of interviews which for the most part are pointless to me and just re saying over and over again the sam [...]

    Shawna Mason

    This is my favorite ofJamie Cat Callan s books by far, probably because it is lifestyle based It isn t just, French women are She thoughtfully discusses what seems to bring JOY to the French as an entire culture and contrasts it with American ideology I ll be honest, I have become rather obsessed with reading about French Women after reading French Women Don t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano First it was food culture, all the cooking with fresh ingredientse best I can afford to buy As a by product, [...]


    Reading about that elusive French chic or je ne sais quoi is my guilty pleasure Such books are normally not highbrow, but pleasant enough to read and this is the case here too I think the author is a nice person, I liked her for many little things for how she was trying to find her friend s apartment in Paris after an overnight flight, for the confession that she was wearing her sexy dress in her backyard only I liked her way of brewing coffee I liked her openness and positive attitude However I [...]

    Cameron Toney

    Its a character trait of mine that I cannot pass up a how to be French book I keep falling right into their warm and friendly embrace, and I feel no shame about this.The advice in these sort of books is always the same indulge in moderation in all things, be true to yourself, invest in good things, take joy in small things in life Every how to be French book I ve read champions these qualities, with varying levels of specificity But its good advice, and leaves me feeling recharged, re centered, [...]


    Eh I read her first book and found this book to be of the same The author talks about what it is that makes French women French It is, however, presented in a Francophile way a little too shiny and clean for my tastes I liked the mostly upbeat tone of the book and really appreciated the little focus on her own personal life She mentions her past here and there, but not enough to become very annoying, thankfully The author discusses what women do, from flirting, to throwing dinner parties to how [...]


    This is basically The Power Of Now in nice lingerie The secret of happiness is to enjoy the small stuff no surprise, but always good to hear, especially interesting in its French cultural setting It s epicurian, but not in the fake car ad, Godiva chocolate way, but in the way Epicurus imagined training oneself to enjoy the simple things, water, bread not piggish consumption of luxury goods I love Jamie Callan s enthusiasm and her openness I used to teach with her at UCLA extension and there s ne [...]


    Very sweet A little different direction than the previous book, and maybe a tad repetitive, but it was all done for the cause The focus for this is quality of life, and actually enjoying it too reminds me of the phrase have your cake and eat it too which never made any sense to me because, well why else would you _have_ the cake in the first place if not to eat it But i digress Anyhow, the French people seem to love their lives , and Ms Callan goes in search for the way, or the why, of their joi [...]

    Lynda Young

    I am fasinated with the differences between the North American way of life We love lots of stuff Where the Europeans have a completely different view My favorite book Was Entre Nous but Bonjour Happiness is a close second.As I approach retirement I m looking for a simple life but lived with style.


    Ms Callan takes an interesting tack in equating the French way of living with Zen Buddhism There is a certain allure in the idea but still a bit of a stretch I was surprised to find out that she is a year older than I, her writing seemed that of a much younger woman I mean this in a good way, not critical and yet, the book is also a little unsophisticated in it s writing and presentation.


    There are pieces of this book that are quite fun to read, but Callan was unable to keep my attention and make her prose interesting enough to help me finish this little book off It lay on my nightstand for months untouched and then I would read a chapter or two here and there, but never felt compelled to get back to it very quickly.


    Read this in one sitting, underneath the shade of a park tree The book is of a charming memoir, and when I finished the last page, I felt uplifted and hopeful I copied a few of the recipes out of the book, and made a note to buy red cowboy boots, a crisp, white shirt, a nice red lipstick and better shampoo There are some days I put a prime on books that can move me this way.

    Sherry Conrad

    A lighthearted little romp, but I totally disagree with the author s take that french women don t care about their size they have eating disorders than we do.They also have huge self esteem issues, they are just better at pretending.If you overlook these facts, the lessons the author learned from her grandmother and others are things that could help one feel better about themselves.


    Very foofy Not my thing There are way interesting and better written books out there on the subject of the French attitude and je ne sais quoi I m sure many women will draw inspiration from this book, however, and what the author says is true The SMILESMILESMILE delivery just put me off, though.


    I started off enjoying this book Then it got into fashion high heels and boots and weight loss tips which kinda put me off She kept refering to your grandmother s pearls which also put me off The women she met in France were interesting She writes with humor and had some good advice in finding happiness in the moment and to treasure the little miracles you find everyday.

    Suzy Brown

    A really sweet look at building a French style life of joie de vivre into your own American style life A fabulous insight into how the French women know how to embrace life with beauty and finesse Inspiring and a joy to read.

    Strona po stronie

    link do recenzji po polsku poni ej A very good book about being happy with your imperfect life making the best of it, really The main idea is that happiness is within your reach in lots of tiny moments and good interactions within your local community you just have to be open to it.If you are interested, read French Women Don t Sleep Alone first yes, the title is a bit weird, but the book isn t This one feels like a sequel It s less orderly, personal, with tips on how to actually implement the [...]


    Callan s books are repetitious, but I did enjoy her journeys and finding joy often in small things.

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