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10 Steps To Finding Your Happy Place: Book Review

Take one woman with just the right mixture of wisdom and humor. Make sure she has had the experience of travel and working around the world and experiencing a variety of cultures. To this,  add a love for words and a wonderful gift of telling a story. Then give her a warm heart, a deep yearning for peace and a great love for people. Stir on a slow fire (of passion) and what do you get? Galen Pearl –  a woman I am happy to be associated with through our blogs. She has guest posted here and you, my dear readers are familiar with her already.

Galen Pearl’s stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and A Cup of Comfort anthologies, and her popular blog, 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There), attracts thousands of readers every month. Recently retired from teaching law, she regularly leads retreats and workshops on developing habits to grow a joyful spirit. A Southern girl transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys her five kids and two grandchildren, martial arts, her cabin in the mountains, and mahjong.

Today I’m so happy and proud to be able to review her book [amazon_link id=”B009JBBY6A” target=”_blank” ]10 Steps To Finding Your Happy Place (And Staying There)[/amazon_link].

When Galen Pearl mentioned that her book was ready, I was eager to read it. I’ve been reading her blog for the last three years and absolutely love her  writing. It’s personal, conversational and packed with wisdom.  I’m happy to report that her book is exactly the same.

Although the outline of the book contains 10 Steps, the book is not meant to be a how-to guide to happiness. The premise of the book is that, deep within, we all want to be happy. However, happiness is truly an inside job – you’ve got to find your own happy place. In Galen Pearl’s words from the introduction to the book: The title [amazon_link id=”B009JBBY6A” target=”_blank” ]10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There)[/amazon_link] might sound like there is a way to happiness “out there,” and that we can follow the 10 Steps like we would follow the yellow brick road to Oz. But in truth, each of the steps brings us back to where we started, with ourselves. Like finding your your glasses on top of your head, you wake up and realize that your happiness was here all along. 

Galen Pearl has a great knack of telling stories. Her personal anecdotes just draw you in. The book has some great illustrative stories and quotes too.   Galen Pearl draws inspiration from a variety of spiritual leaders and is very open to all religious teachings.  Each little ‘story’ makes you reflect on the way you process your life experiences. It gives you much food for thought about what you are doing with your life. But never, ever is it preachy or condescending in its tone.

I don’t want to outline the 10 steps here and give away anything from the book.  Suffice to say that it is an excellent read and will leave you inspired to find  (or stay in) your own happy place. I plan to re-read the book soon. I’ll read it slow this time and allow its depth to motivate and inspire me more.

All proceeds from the sale of this book and associated speaking engagements will be donated to Edwards Center, a nonprofit organization providing residential and vocational services to adults with developmental disabilities. (

May I suggest you find your happy place too and stay there. Let Galen Pearl’s book help you along.



  1. rimly rimly November 19, 2012

    Wonderful review, Corinne. I have been visiting Galen’s blog and and off and every time leave it feeling inspired.

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  3. Privy Trifles Privy Trifles October 4, 2012

    Galen’s blog is really very inspiring and wonderful. I enjoy reading her posts and it feels simply great to see her book. The cover page is really eye catching and beautifully done.

    Liked your review of not revealing the 10 steps.. will try to grab a copy soon!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 4, 2012

      I think Galen’s sister did the cover page. Do get a copy – you’ll truly enjoy it, Privy.

      • Galen Pearl Galen Pearl October 5, 2012

        Yes, that is my sister’s painting on the cover and she did the design for the cover, too. I’m so lucky to have such a talented sister!
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  4. Melissa Tandoc Melissa Tandoc October 4, 2012

    I’m so happy to have learned more from Galen Pearl and her book. I just wish I could take in more. I guess I need to continually give space to more inspiring people like her.

    Thanks for the review BS :*
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 4, 2012

      Melissa, you’ll love Galen’s blog and her book is the kind that you can read slowly – like one reflection a day – ideally.

  5. G Angela G Angela October 3, 2012

    Thanks corinne for sharing ! and congrats Galen for the book, the cover page is beautiful. I am happy to read your blogs and you are inspiring, would love to own it. Thanks again !

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 4, 2012

      You’re welcome, Janet. Galen’s writing is very powerful and inspiring. I’m not sure whether the book is available in India yet.

      • Galen Pearl Galen Pearl October 5, 2012

        It should be available on Amazon UK. If you find out that it is not available in India, please let me know so that I can follow up on that. Thanks!
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  6. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl October 3, 2012

    Corinne, Thank you for a lovely and gracious review. I am humbled by your kind words. And by the kind words and good wishes of your commenters. I agree with you that your readers are a special group of inspiring writers, and I’m pleased to be counted among them. Note, the Kindle version is now available. And to Linda, the Everyday Gyaan-ness is brilliant. Corinne, you can expect to hear that repeated often! Many, many thanks.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 4, 2012

      You’re very welcome, Galen. You know how much I appreciate you as a person and love your writing. The book really is a keeper – I’m going to be re-reading it again soon.
      Trust Linda to come up with a title like that! 😉

  7. janu janu October 2, 2012

    One more book to my reading list…hope to borrow it from you.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 1, 2012

      It will be available soon on Kindle, Shilpa. Meanwhile do visit Galen’s blog.

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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 15, 2012

      Hi – thank you for the inclusion. This comment was lying in my spam messages. I’m surprised you couldn’t find the contact form – there’s a tab on the side bar and a ‘Contact’ page too. Thank you for contacting me all the same. 🙂

  9. Dangerous Linda Dangerous Linda September 30, 2012

    Dear Galen,

    Congratulations on the publication of your book! The cover is truly lovely and exudes the spirit of happiness!

    Such a positive review by The Everyday Gyaaan-ness is a feather in your cap! Sounds like a delightfully, inspiring read!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 1, 2012

      I’m sure Galen will respond to your comment, Linda. But The Everyday Gyaan-ness? That’s a new one! 🙂

  10. Myrna Myrna September 30, 2012

    Great review Corinne. Galen is truly a wonderful writer. Her blog is full of inspiration and truth. And who can’t use a little happiness in their life? It sounds like the book is a ‘must read’, so I’ll be sure to get a copy.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 1, 2012

      Thanks, Myrna. You’re absolutely right about Galen’s writing. I think of Galen and you as having the same openness to spirituality and an ability to touch people deeply. So glad to be connected to both of you.

  11. Harleena Singh Harleena Singh September 30, 2012

    Wonderful review Corinne, and who doesn’t know Galen!

    She is an awesome blogger and I love visiting her blog as well. Yes, I’ve been reading so many blogs that have put up posts about her wonderful book, and just wish I had that kind of time to sit and go through it as well. But the words of appreciation coming from you seem like it’s something to be read for sure.

    Thanks once again for sharing more about Galen’s book. 🙂
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues September 30, 2012

      Thanks, Harleena. Yes, Galen is so popular with her writing and her thoughtful and insightful comments too. You know what, this book is best read slowly, so it might just suit you. It’s a keeper for sure!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues September 30, 2012

      Thanks, Martha. I think if someone took a poll, you and Galen would be in close competition for favorite bloggers! ♥

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