How to be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal

How to be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman, The OatmealHow to Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on October 31st 2017
Pages: 48
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley ARC
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3.5 Stars

Matthew Inman—Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You—serves yet another helping of thoughtful hilarity in this charming, illustrated gift book for anyone who is irked by the question: "Are you happy?"

In How To Be Perfectly Unhappy, Inman explores the surprising benefits of forgetting about “happiness,” and embracing instead the meaningful activities that keep us busy and interested and fascinated. 

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Have never heard of The Oatmeal or Matthew Inman but I was curious about this graphic novel when I requested it. At first, I was confused about the context and it didn’t really have much of an impact as I was trying to get my head around what message the author was trying to convey but as I was reaching the end of the book, things started to fall in place and I started to understand the profound message Matthew Inman was writing about.

Everyone’s version of happiness is different and most of us only know two states: happy and unhappy. Matthew Inman attempts to make us understand that it is ok to enjoy a state between the two extremes and be content. Happiness can also be an unachievable, elusive goal and by always trying to achieve this state, we can also make ourselves unhappy during the journey.


Relating back to my own life, I always find I’m chasing happiness too and find it’s always elusive no matter what I do. I don’t need to think about it to know that my life is pretty damn good and I cannot complain at all. This book made me question what is the concept of happiness really? And how come it is so difficult to attain despite the fact that I have nothing to complain about! It was nice to realise that it’s okay to have an unlabelled state of contentment despite it not being happiness!

I feel like this book really conveys a very important life lesson and it will do many people well to take away some advice from it. If like me, you initially find the concept confusing keep reading (after all it’s a short book!) and re-read it again after a few weeks and see what you think! I didn’t pay enough attention to the artwork to comment on it as I was more focused on the concept!

*Thank-you Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), Netgalley & Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC.

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