Archive for the ‘Optimism’ Category

The German Edition of BRIGHT SIDE UP

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

One of the most fun aspects of putting out books is having other countries pick up and publish the titles. It’s fascinating to see how the international editions translate the titles and re-design the cover to what will most appeal to their readers.

And so, I bring you a recent international edition of my second book, Bright Side Up: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now, which is now selling in…Germany! In German, Immer Auf Der Sonnenseite translates to “Always On the Sunny Side.” And the subtitle translates to “100 Paths to a Good Mood.” (That’s a link to purchase the German edition on

One clear path to a good mood, by the way: polka dots.

BRIGHT SIDE UP German Edition Sept 2013

 The American edition of Bright Side Up:



How to Find Happiness by Lea Michele

Monday, 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.


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):



How to Banish Boredom Today!

Thursday, 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.)



9 Go-To Happy Tricks That Work Every Time

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Want a little taste of my new book?

I wrote a  post that went up today on, 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. 🙂

The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss


5 Ways to Be Happy Instantly on

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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

The Happy Life Checklist


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!


The Happiest Video About Happiness Ever

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Want to know the real secret to happiness? This 2-minute video will reveal it to you—and will make you want to jump up and hug someone when you’re done.

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A happy life checklist can change your life. Join me in finding out how. And if you’re inspired by the video and want more ideas on how to savor the small moments of happiness every day, grab the book that inspired it today! Buy The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Ways To Find Your Bliss on


The Happy Life Checklist is Almost Here!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I’m really excited about this one: My new book The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss will be on shelves in just over a week! (Release date: Feb. 4)

The Happy Life Checklist

The Happy Life Checklist

It’s 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!

Available now for pre-order on!


Try My Second Happiness Challenge!

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Well, it’s now Week #2 of the Happiness Challenge I’m doing with I don’t know if you tried the first mission that was all about independence, but it’s not too late to join in. Either way, my second mission is up and ready for action!

This mission is all about self-worth. And if you have your phone on you and two minutes to spare, you can complete this mission right now. It’s a small and simple-sounding step, but it can have huge positive repercussions in your life. You deserve the best people around you and to be treated like the amazing person you are, right? Then do this happiness challenge and prove it!

This is your year, remember. So take the steps to show life you mean it.

#happinesschallenge #gethappy



P.S. If you’re enjoying this positive, proactive approach to life, pre-order your copy of The Happy Life Checklist so you can keep the challenge going all year long.

Start My Happiness Challenge!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The countdown is on for my new book, The Happy Life Checklist! It will be on shelves February 4. But I wanted to get the happy going a little early with a fun something I’m really excited about!

I created a month-long Happiness Challenge with For five weeks, I’m going to offer one new challenge a week. If you complete each week’s mission, you will feel more adventurous, less stressed, fulfilled, confident, joyful, kick ass and all-around happy. Sounds good, right?  Then join me in the #happinesschallenge! Seriously, I’m going to do it right along with you.


You’ll find your first mission at (And next Monday, you’ll get challenge #2.) Check it out and tell me there if you’re up for the fun, and how you think you might complete your first challenge—then share the challenge with your friends! If you take it on, share your plans with me on Facebook, or tweet me at @datingoptimist on Twitter, or Instagram your plans with me @amyspencerla, or Vine me a video @amyspencer on what you plan to do.

However you join in the #happinesschallenge, do it! Your life is no small thing. You can make big changes by taking little steps like this along the way. Make this your year.

So what do you think? Are you ready to get happy?


#happinesschallenge #gethappy #happylifechecklist

You can also pre-order The Happy Life Checklist today and get a jump on your happy year!

The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Ways to Find Your Bliss (Perigee, February 2014)

The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss (Perigee, 2014)