Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Summary

Jenny Lawson
- 2015
This book is good to read when you feel sad.

Key Takeaways

  1. Embracing your true self, quirks and all, is a form of mental liberation.
  2. Humor can be a powerful tool for coping with mental illness and life’s challenges.
  3. Being 'furiously happy' is about enjoying life intensely and deliberately, especially during brief moments between or during crises.
  4. Openness about mental health struggles can help reduce stigma and foster community and support.
  5. Self-acceptance is crucial for anyone dealing with mental health issues.


Jenny Lawson writes with a unique blend of humor and honesty about her experiences with severe depression and anxiety, transforming potentially dark subjects into sources of hilarity.

Throughout 'Furiously Happy,' Lawson shares outrageous and often absurd stories that illuminate her philosophy of being furiously happy: a defiant attitude of enjoying life’s beautiful moments to their fullest, especially in the face of mental illness.

Lawson discusses the serious side of her struggles with mental health, providing insights into how humor and acceptance have played crucial roles in her coping strategies.

The book is not only an entertaining read but also a source of comfort and understanding for anyone dealing with their own mental health issues, encouraging them to find joy wherever possible and embrace their own weirdness.

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