‘Furiously Happy’ was published in the year 2015 and since then it has always been our top read when it comes to dealing with anxiety and mental illness.
Don’t get us wrong, ‘Furiously Happy’ is far from depressing – it is a humorous memoir tinted with just enough pathos and feelings to connect and create an impact on its readers. Jenny Lawson takes us down her own personal journey and examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has actually helped her to lead her fullest life.
So why is the book called Furiously Happy? As reported by The Guardian, Rory, the arms outstretched raccoon on the cover, is Lawson’s personal happiness coach, a reminder of no matter how awful life seems, you always have the choice to be happy… furiously happy! Furious because of the effort that goes into trying to feel OK when your brain is going the complete opposite way. Lawson came out several years ago as being “mentally ill”. She’s been diagnosed as “a high-functioning depressive with anxiety disorder and mild-self harm issues”. In other words, she is in an abusive relationship with her own head.
“I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also might never understand. And that’s what Furiously Happy is all about.”
‘There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family―and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message (via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon). Let’s Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it’s about joy―and who doesn’t want a bit more of that?’