Archive for January, 2014

The Happy Life Checklist is Featured in Fitness Magazine

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

A big thank you to Fitness magazine this month! Their February 2014 issue named my new book The Happy Life Checklist a “really good read” and cites some of the ideas I list in the book to get happy.

Here is the magazine’s bright little review on page 38:


Fitness is right. The book does outline hundreds of bliss boosters that will turn your frown upside-down. So take their advice and order a copy for yourself!


Are You Ready for The Next Happiness Challenge?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Well, The Happiness Challenge I created with is still going strong. And I’m so grateful to all of you who have commented and Tweeted and sent me notes about how it’s going for you. Nothing makes me happier than hearing you’ve been inspired to live a better life.

Today, we just posted Challenge #4! Each challenge is built around the idea that if you embrace all the best aspects of yourself and your life in a balanced way, you will end up feeling stronger, more loving, more confident, more fulfilled and happier all-around. 

If you’re just starting today and want to take the challenge on (do it!), here are the challenges so far.

Challenge #1: Bravery

Challenge #2: Self-worth

Challenge #3: Independence

Today’s Challenge #4: Generosity


Next week is the final challenge—and the sweetest and the easiest of all.

It’s not too late to join in, because there’s no such thing as being too late for happiness. Every single day, it’s up to us if we want to embrace a happy, fulfilled life in the small moments we face, minute after minute, hour after hour.

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.

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!


Zac, Mike & Miles: That Awkward Moment

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I recently had a fun chat with the awesome and hilarious cast of That Awkward Moment (out January 31): Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller for the February 2014 issue of Glamour.

It was a sneak peek into the minds of men when it comes to dating and love. For a small taste of the story, head to to read a few quotes from Zac Efron and the Stars of That Awkward Moment on What They Look For in a Woman. These are some pretty funny guys and they had a few insights that surprised me.


Or just grab the new February 2014 issue and you’ll get the full fly-on-the-wall experience:


I Photobombed Usher

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

At the InStyle Golden Globes party February 12.

This is a shot of Usher posing with the awesome Michael K. Williams (The Wire and Boardwalk Empire)…and me.


That is all.

#usher #michaelkwilliams #goldenglobes #instyle #omar


Troian Bellisario: Pretty Little…Honesty

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

I’ve interviewed a few of the cast members of Pretty Little Liars for Seventeen magazine (like Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale), and this month, I got to talk to another actress from the cast for the cover of the February 2014 issue: Troian Bellisario.


Troian plays Spencer (yeah, Spencers!) on the madly popular WB show Pretty Little Liars. And we recently went for a walk around the Silver Lake Reservoir in Los Angeles, where we ran into a gorgeous rain shower under a shining sun to chat about her life and the show. Troian could not have been warmer, more interesting or more honest. Yeah. Loved her.

Check out the February 2014 issue of Seventeen magazine, where Troian peels off the pretty little layers and comes clean with a candid account of her challenging adolescence. Bravo to her for getting real.


Here are some snippets of our interview, like Troian in Us Weekly and a video of Troian on E Online, talking about why she opened up with me about her past.

Troian is a remarkable, unique and talented woman, and I look forward to seeing what she continues to do in storytelling and entertainment in her future.


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)

I Tried Ali Sweeney’s Diet and Wrote About It

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Ahhh, January.The time of the year we really start running, juicing, kale-ing, steaming, spinning and hiking.

Redbook January 2014. Ali Sweeney

Redbook January 2014. Ali Sweeney

Or that we intend to, anyway. Luckily for me, this year I got a bit of a head start on the health kick when Redbook magazine asked me to not only interview their cover star—the gorgeous Ali Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and Days of Our Lives star—but to take on her workout and diet for a month to see where it got me.

And where did it get me? Well, it got my weight falling and my legs burning, that’s where. And I was all the better for it.

If you want to read all about it and get some ideas for your own diet or workout routine (and have a laugh at the times I faltered) pick up the January 2014 issue of Redbook, or download the iPad version. (The Redbook link to the story currently features a few photos and pull-quotes, but not the whole piece.)

Here’s a little taste of Ali & Me: