When I was approached by Amy Newark’s publicist about reviewing Chicken Soup for the Soul Simply Happy, I was thrilled as I love their books. The authors’ stories are encouraging and couldn’t wait to read the compilation of Amy’s experience as their Editor in Chief.
One simple tool I took away from reading her book is to smile more. It seems easy enough, but from where I grew up in East San Jose, it wasn’t a common to smile at people you walk by. In fact, most people would think you’re up to something. If you are not used to smiling a lot, try it…and let me know if you notice a change in yourself or others.
I highly recommend reading Simply Happy.
About the Author
Amy Newmark was a writer, speaker, Wall Street analyst and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications for thirty years. Today she is publisher, editor-in-chief and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. By curating and editing inspirational true stories from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the twenty-two-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant, and still part of the social zeitgeist.
Amy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in Portuguese and minored in French. She wrote her thesis about popular, spoken-word poetry in Brazil, which involved traveling throughout Brazil and meeting with poets and writers to collect their stories. She is delighted to have come full circle in her writing career — from collecting poetry “from the people” in Brazil as a twenty-year-old to, three decades later, collecting stories and poems “from the people” for Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy has a national syndicated newspaper column and is a frequent radio and TV guest, passing along the real-life lessons and useful tips she has picked up from reading and editing thousands of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories.
She and her husband are the proud parents of four grown children and in her limited spare time, Amy enjoys visiting them, hiking, and reading books that she did not have to edit.
About the Book
Amy distills advice and wisdom from her life and more than 20,000 Chicken Soup for hte Soul stories into this crash course on how to be happy. You’ll be entertained, energized and enlightened as you read about:
- using gratitude to change your relationships
- easy time management tips
- using the power of no to make time for what matters
- making a habit of stepping outside your comfort zone
- changing your life forever through forgiveness
- six easy steps to reduce stress and keep it away
- why you need to eliminate toxic people from your life
- why you should strive for excellence but not perfection
- and many more life-changing tips you can implement instantly
You already have all the tools you need to lead a happy life. They’re inside you, just waiting to be used.
Disclosure: No compensation was received for this book review. Just passing along a good read.
Question: What makes you happy?