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7 Books To Make You Laugh and Feel Good About Life

Looking for a feel-good read during this stressful summer heat? We've listed down seven books for you to pick up on your next visit at the bookstore.
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 1  Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

You won't believe how big a smile this tiny book can put on your face. With the quirkiest name ever, an even quirkier personality, and a pet rat she brings everywhere, Stargirl (yes, that's a person) will surely enchant you.

 2  Love and Other Foreign Words Erin McCahan

When Josie, a sixteen year-old genius falls in love, she finds herself scratching her head at the whole phenomena. As she goes through the whole love thing confused, entertain yourself with Josie's tendency to overanalyze even the smallest of things. With a character you'll adore and a witty and sharp narration, Love and Other Foreign Words is the perfect feel good book to pick up.

 3  An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

When it comes to witty writing, who else to turn to but John Green? In his sophomore novel, An Abundance of Katherines, he tells us the story of Colin Singleton, a child prodigy who has a long list of girls who dumped him (19, to be exact) all named Katherine. On a road trip miles from home, Colin goes on a mission to figure out the the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability—or why he got dumped so much. As long as you can ignore the math involved (yes, there is), An Abundance of Katherines is definitely one amusing read.

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 4  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

When Anna is shipped to the beautiful city of Paris for her senior year, she finds herself furiously stomping in her dorm room. However, when she discovers the existence of the arguably just as beautiful Etienne St. Claire just within proximity, she's charmed. Pick this book up and read an entertaining tale of a year's worth of near-misses and find out if it ends with a (French) kiss.

 5  Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

In this YA novel, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, jsyk) tells the love story of Min and Ed through their breakup letter. The story opens when Min dumped a box of unexpectedly sentimental things at Ed's door as a way of dumping him. Although not exactly LOL funny, this book is humorous in a cruel, heartbreaking, kind of way.

 6  Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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With her red curly hair and her quirky sense of style, Eleanor captured the heart of Park, the boy in the bus. And, with its clever narration, Eleanor and Park captured the heart of many readers. More than a smile on your face, this book is bound to give you a torrent of feels.

 7  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson tells the star-crossed tale of well, two individuals both named Will Grayson. With the Chicago city scape as its backdrop and the fabulous Tiny Cooper taking center stage, this book is humorous just as it is epic. Because when two clever authors like Levithan and Green decide to write a book together, you can be sure it's worth the shelf space. 

What other books should we add to our reading list? Leave a message below or tweet us @candymagdotcom to share your good reads.

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Serene Fae 3 hours ago

"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

• Seek happiness inside you. This is a quintessential reason for our vision of happiness: misconceptions about having a lot of money would make me happy; owning this and that would make me happy; entering a relationship would make me happy. This is not the case, if you want to be truly happy with your relationship, you have to be already happy on your own. If you want satisfaction from others, you have to be satisfied with yourself. And so on.

• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

• Savor moments. Savoring deeply intensifies our positive emotions while doing something that we love the most by simply stepping outside of the experience to review and appreciate the moment. You can practice this by having a delicious meal, reading a good book, or any activity that you enjoy and love. It can also be enhanced by sharing these experiences with others, appreciating such amazing moments, or staying present the entire time.

• Choose to Love Deeper Today's society relentlessly pressures all of us to have this "perfect" lifestyle such as pursuing careers that drain you, finding value through virtual world and purchases, letting achievements become your whole identity, and yet after all that you still feel empty and failure inside. Consumption is just skin deep—a shallow perception of happiness. Deep life brings the best out of us and others. It is about nourishing what you already have, focusing on the relationships than material wealth, becoming vulnerable at times, and being self-aware.

• Understand that Sufferings and Pain are part of Human Being. Always remember that loneliness and sufferings are inevitable. That is completely how life goes. You may be happy for a moment or a month but sooner or later great tribulation will start to kick in. Combat despair with graciousness. Count all the blessings that you have (and will have in near future, claim it!) by writing it down on a piece of paper or typing on your phone. Viola! an instant boost for happiness. We all know the fact that this superficial happiness won't work, but why do I keep on wanting? I already have all this wisdom about how to be happy for ages, but why can't I apply it to my own life?

First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

margaux marie 3 hours ago

19 year old pharmacy student-businesswoman from Pampanga. I, Kimberly Chaile D. Ocampo, started planning my own business back when I was 18 years old. Despite being a student, that did not stop me to work and start up something for me to earn my own money. I was also influenced by my parents who are both hands on when it comes to the marketing world. I have decided to start my own mini restaurant/fast food restaurant recently (Feb 2020) and it was named as “Hungry Hubb”. From the word itself which is “Hungry” we thought of something that would give people the biggest hint that we sell food.

Because of the sudden quarantine, every store was forced to close for our own safety that is why there was a sudden decrease on our sales. But Hungry Hubb managed to survive by focusing on online selling and social media promotion. Our best seller would be Shawarma salad which is mediterranean style. We add authentic Garlic sauce to our shawarma (Which is available in Wrap, Salad, & Rice). Every product that we sell are very affordable and delicious. Our starting price is only 50php. (Shawarma Wrap). For Shawarma Salad (70php). We also have Milktea (60php) and Rice meals such as Lechon Kawali, Chicken barbecue, and Pork Barbecue for only 120 pesos.

And of course, I wouldn’t make it up this far without the help of my family and friends who have supported be from the very start. This is an open letter and inspirational especially to students that want to earn their own money. Nothing is impossible. You just have to be determined enough to turn your plans into reality.

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