The Pissed-Off Journal

The Pissed-Off Journal

December 16, 2011 07:30 ET

Fire Up Your New Year with The Pissed-Off Journal

Stop Sucking it Up, Start Letting it Out

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2011) - Want to give or get something different this year? Making a New Year's resolution to live a happier life?

Then check out The Pissed-Off Journal.

This new book, complete with tear-out pages, is a venting tool that gives you full permission to express your irritation, even your downright fury, so you can let it go and move on.

"It's perfectly natural to feel pissed off about annoying people and situations," says author Carol-Ann Hamilton. "The issue is not having emotions. The problem occurs when we have nowhere to release them."

Hamilton says holding in our feelings is like clamping a heavy lid on a hot pot.

"Eventually, it has to boil over, and things get dangerous," she says. "We need a valve for steam to escape, and that's where The Pissed-Off Journal comes in."

This is not the journal you got last year, leather-bound and serious, or with a pretty floral jacket and intimidating blank pages. After a clear explanation and instructions, The Pissed-Off Journal contains a simple repeating template. The method is quick -- record, release, and re-focus -- and takes minutes a day.

"I don't know about you, but I'm tired of people telling me to 'get over it,' or 'follow my bliss,'" Hamilton says. "The self-help movement ignores the gap between anger and positivity. I give you that missing link."

Hamilton is a coach, speaker, and Reiki Master who makes a career of inspiring others to reach their full potential. She says people describe her as warm and optimistic, but her real story involves years of struggling with anger and stress management.

"There's a distinct 'piss and vinegar' aspect to my temperament," she says. "I've worked long and hard to find a straightforward, productive method for people to discharge the venom so they can find their best selves."

Hamilton has been keeping journals for decades, and understands writing is not easy for everyone. "I created this journal for them, too," she notes.

As is evident by the title, The Pissed-Off Journal is not entirely serious. Hamilton combines humour and wit with heartfelt admissions about her own battles, treating a potentially challenging subject with a light touch. If you're wondering whether it's right for you, or someone on your gift giving list, here's Hamilton's answer.

"Well, it's probably not for the Dalai Lama, or anyone else equally enlightened," she remarks. "Beyond that, anyone between two and 113 who is open to learning more about themselves can benefit. People yearn for a joyful life but have no clue about how to get rid of what's stopping them in their tracks. I help them do just that."

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