About the book

How can you look beyond fleeting moments of happiness and plan for lasting joy?

As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her biggest plan, the business she cofounded, collapsed, Kaia found herself crushed by depression. And what felt even worse was that, with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn’t have a plan to move forward.

Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained habits of stress and anxiety behind her, Kaia decided to put everything else on hold and dedicate thirty days to the singular pursuit of joy. The results were astonishing—and lasted much longer than the initial monthlong project.

In this uplifting and eye-opening memoir, Kaia uses her business savvy to create a concrete Joy Plan get back on her feet fast. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters, and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more joyful existence, Kaia teaches readers how to move past temporary happiness and succeed in creating joy that lasts.

Hear Kaia read the Introduction here.

Praise for The Joy Plan:

“Roman presents an energized and informative plan for transforming your life, just as she transformed hers. This book…includes Roman’s tips for creating a “joy plan,” inspirational exhortations such as “the optimist creed,” and the alphabet of gratitude. Roman makes transforming your life sound possible. All that’s required is that you shift your thoughts toward positive stories instead of the negative ones so many of us tell ourselves.”

Publisher’s Weekly 

“Life-saving. That is the most accurate description of The Joy Plan. As I devoured the transformative words of this book, I wished I’d had it during a desolate time in my life…but it is not too late. Whenever fear, worry, anxiety, or negativity grip me, I simply open The Joy Plan. Waiting to shed light into my darkness is a strategy, an inspiring anecdote, or well-researched fact with the power to bring me back to hope, peace, and positivity. The Joy Plan is much more than one woman’s journey from rock bottom; it is a universal lifeline for reviving the world’s long-lost joy.”

–Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times Bestselling Author, Hands Free Mama

The Joy Plan was birthed through direct experimentation in the laboratory of Kaia Roman’s own life, qualifying her to wisely and tenderly guide readers to discover and cultivate the seed of joy that has been implanted within us all.  Follow the steps in this book and watch how joy—the spiritual dimension of happiness—blossoms in your life.”

–Michael Bernard Beckwith, Bestselling Author, Life Visioning 

“If you are in the midst of a joy drought, so to speak, this could be the book for you. Part memoir, part universally-applicable joy strategy, The Joy Plan tells the author’s story of suffering and lays outstep-by-step, the process that helped her experience much more happiness. Kaia Roman writes in an engaging way, so reading this book can feel like listening to a friend.”

–Sharon Salzberg, New York Times Bestselling Author, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness 

“All of us need to learn how to shift from stress to joy. The Joy Plan is a positive, practical guide to help you experience more of the happiness you deserve.”

–Dr. Barbara De Angelis, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Soul Shifts 

“The Joy Plan is easy to read, engaging, full of great scientific advice as well as fun and enlivening stories to get you motivated to find your joy on a daily basis. Don’t let the stress of modern life weigh you down! Take responsibility for steering your course towards happiness with this well-written and researched book.”

MeiMei Fox, New York Times Bestselling Co-Author, Bend, Not Break

I love The Joy Plan! We create plans for our work, our finances, our life—but hardly ever for the most important things in our life: gratitude, optimism, and joy. This book will help you achieve exactly that—more joy! And who doesn’t need that?”

Michaela Haas, PhD, Author, Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience

If you’re looking for more meaning, purpose, and joy in your life then The Joy Plan is for you!”

–Jason Wachob, Founder and CEO, mindbodygreen