How to Find Happiness by Lea Michele

April 14th, 2014

For the April 2014 issue of Seventeen magazine, I got to sit down with the profoundly awesome Lea Michele after her cover photo shoot.

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I interviewed her once long ago over the phone for Glamour‘s Women of the Year. But it was even more evident within the first five minutes in person that she’s one of the good ones: down to earth, funny, wise and gracious about offering her experience and insight to girls who want to live their awesomely best lives, too. We talked about the March 4 debut of her debut album Louder, the next season of Glee, her upcoming book Brunette Ambition (out in May), and her hopes for a happy future. Her bright attitude and her optimism are the real deal, truly.

If the issue isn’t still on stands, check out the link at Seventeen magazine (“Lea Michele’s Secrets to Finding Happiness After Heartbreak”) to see some of the fabulous photos and a few of her best quotes, and read the rest of her story here (click for a larger, readable version):

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—Amy

Dr. Oz: Please Excuse My Spouse!

February 28th, 2014

For the debut issue of Dr. Oz’s new magazine, The Good Life, I wrote a fun feature about what happens when you find yourself blushing at something your other half is doing—whether it’s your spouse,  your partner or someone you’re dating.

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So, how do you handle the embarrassing stuff with each other? Grab the debut March/April 2014 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life, turn to page 112, and find out!

—Amy

How to Banish Boredom Today!

February 27th, 2014

The Happy Life Checklist and I got a great shout-out in this month’s issue of Health magazine. (Reason #2 that the magazine is officially my favorite of the month! See my post earlier today for Reason #1.)

Check out my quick happiness tips on page 20 of the March 2014 issue of Health—which also features my cover interview with actress and author Ali Sweeney—and never be bored again! (You can click to enlarge and read my tips.)

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—Amy

NOW Magazine & The Happy Life Checklist

February 27th, 2014

This week’s issue of NOW Magazine in the UK (it’s like the People magazine of Great Britain) was kind enough to ask my advice for a fun feature on how to do newly single style right.

The story features beautiful British  TV star Sam Faier (of TOWIE and, recently, Celebrity Big Brother) who’d recently broken up with her TOWIE co-star Joey Essex. And she seemed to be doing the breakup makeover — a.k.a. the “break over” — just right. (So right, in fact, there are rumors the two of them may be dating again!) And though she’s now talking about how she is fighting back against her Crohn’s disease, she is certainly doing it with a healthy, happy glow and a confident style.

Here’s what I had to say about it, based on the positive ideas in my new book The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss:

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When it comes to your break over look, just remember  it’s all about you: the authentic, confident, dress-for-your-own-comfort you.

To keep up with other positive style reminders follow Alison Tay @TheStyleEditor on Twitter, the awesomely bright style editor of NOW magazine. And while you’re at it, follow @NOWMag on Twitter, too!

—Amy

Ali Sweeney’s Secrets to a Balanced Life

February 27th, 2014

The March 2014 issue of Health magazine is chock-full of some fun stuff for me this month, and it starts on the cover. My fun interview with Ali Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and star of Days of Our Lives, appears inside.

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This is, I think, the third time I’ve been able to sit down and chat with Ali and her ideas for a healthy, happy, balanced life inspire me every time.

Grab the issue and see for yourself! Or, you can read the story 10 Ways to Lead a More Balanced Life online at Health.com. Or you can read the same piece that was picked up on  ABC News  and Fox News.

—Amy

Talking “My First Time” in Glamour Mag

February 27th, 2014

Grab yourselves a copy of the March 2014 issue of Glamour magazine!

GLAMOURMarch2014coverFor the latest issue, I helped pull together a feature called “My First Time.” It’s a revealing collection of stories by men and women who share some of their most intimate, scary and life-changing “firsts” in love, relationships and sex.

It was an honor to have these people open up with such honesty, and you’ll learn from their stories.

Here’s a sample of the feature in the March 2014 issue.

 

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—Amy

9 Go-To Happy Tricks That Work Every Time

February 6th, 2014

Want a little taste of my new book?

I wrote a  post that went up today on Redbook.com, as well as appeared on Yahoo! Shine. My piece 9 Go-To Happy Tricks That Work Every Time offers 9 ideas that might be able to help with your happiness—right now.

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Hopefully, one or four of those might work for you. If they do, there are about 645 more happy ideas where those came from. :)

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—Amy

My Writing Life: Inside the Author’s Studio

February 5th, 2014

I did a fun interview this week with my fabulous literary agent, Laurie Abkemeier, for a regular feature she calls “Inside the Authors Studio.” I got to share a photo of my writing space, showing my desk and bookshelves in my bright little office in Venice, CA—the better to write about “bright” things, of course.

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I also got to share some of the secrets about my writing process—like when I feel I do my best writing, and whether or not I share my works-in-progress with anyone other than my editor/agent. I think it’s always fun to read about how other writers and authors work (and if they share their early drafts with people!) so I thought I’d give back to the pool and answer some of those questions myself. I hope you enjoy.

While you’re at it, poke around the rest of Laurie Abkemeier’s page for information on her other authors as well (and follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/LaurieAbkemeier. She is officially the world’s best literary agent—the supportive, insightful, always-right, hand-holdy kind—and I am so grateful I get to be a part of her close knit author community.

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—Amy

5 Ways to Be Happy Instantly on Parents.com

February 5th, 2014

Here’s the latest post about appreciating the happy little moments, based on my new book. It’s posted on Parents.com today.

From the video “How a Happy Life Checklist Can Change Your Life” (image by Phillip Graybill). 

Watch the video How a Happy Life Checklist Can Change Your Life!

My post is on the Mom Must Read blog by Kristen Kemp, where she says The Happy Life Checklist “is chock full of ideas to brighten your life.”

Check out the post and find out the 5 Ways to Be Happy Instantly yourself!

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—Amy

Buy THE HAPPY LIFE CHECKLIST Today!

February 4th, 2014

It’s officially here!

As of today, my new book The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss is now on bookshelves and available at your favorite online book retailers. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, run-don’t-walk to get one! Actually, scratch that. Walk to get one.

Walking is better. Walking gives you a nice chance to take some deep breaths, look up and around at the open sky and take a minute to smile and say hello to anyone walking past. Walking gives you a chance to savor the small moments, step by step, that add up to a lovely day. Because that by the way, is the whole point of my new book.

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The Happy Life Checklist is a collection of small ideas that will help you savor and celebrate every day. Because happiness is in the second and minutes of life, not just in the years. Start filling your list with more fun things today!

Order it today on Amazon.com!

—Amy