Archive for the ‘The Happy Life Checklist’ Category

Guess What Just Arrived in China?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

My book, The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss, in its new, gorgeous Chinese edition! Here’s a look at the cover, which opens on the left.


I’m so thrilled to be able to touch and flip through this new foreign edition of one of my books.

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If you can read Chinese and might enjoy some new ideas for finding happiness in the little things in life, you’re in luck! And if you know anyone in China who might benefit from the book, please tell them about it.


The Happy Life Checklist: It Now Has a Chinese Edition

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

This is an exciting week, as I just got my hands on the latest foreign edition of one of my books. This is my third and latest book, The Happy Life Checklist. And it is now available in China.


It is printed in Simple Chinese characters, with beautiful small images to go with the copy. Here are some of the pages in the book, following the opening spread with—hello, my picture! I think this version of the book is stunning. I am so thrilled.





If you know anyone in China who could use some ideas for living a happier life, pass it on. And if you’d like to read more about what my book is all about, check out The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss.

Oh, and if you know what it says there on the cover and cover wrap—the brownish part that is wrapped on top of the gray cover—I’d love to find out! I’m so curious. I hope that readers in China will enjoy the book. It warms my heart to no end to know that the message I am sharing about living a good life is spreading this far.




Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

I got to share some “Happiness Boosters” with Health magazine for their July/August 2014 issue. I offered 3 tips that I consider go-to happiness boosters, based on ideas in my latest book, The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss. Pick up the current issue of Health today to check them out.


If you can’t read them, here’s another image of my “Pro-share” tips that will help you see them more easily:


Here’s to a happy week.


First for Women Magazine Loves The Happy Life Checklist!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I’m so grateful today to see this wonderful review of The Happy Life Checklist in First for Women magazine.


The editor who reviewed it makes a good point: We can always find a few minutes for things that help build our happiness. And right now, I’m using my minutes to share my gratitude. Then I’ll take a deep breath and inhale the fresh air of early summer. What will you do with your next few minutes?

For  positive reminders every day, grab a copy of The Happy Life Checklist. Join my Bright Side Up feed on Facebook. Or follow First Magazine on Facebook.


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.)



NOW Magazine & The Happy Life Checklist

Thursday, 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:


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!


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


My Writing Life: Inside the Author’s Studio

Wednesday, 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 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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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!