Posts Tagged ‘Optimism’

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.

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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.

 

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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.

—Amy

 

Love & Happiness Advice for Single Parents

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

I’ve been interviewed a number of times lately for a few different kinds of stories, but one I come back to pretty often: dating, love and happiness advice for single moms and dads—some of the hardest working people in life-business. Here is some of my love, happiness and dating advice for parents going it alone.

1: How to Deal with Your Ex’s New Partner

First, some advice for single moms dealing with her ex’s new partner that appeared on Yahoo News. The wonderfully honest story, by writer Chrissi Coppa, was called Tom Brady’s Ex Deserves Praise for her Gracious Co-Parenting Tweet, and I offered my insight on what it meant that Bridget Moynahan tweeted a congratulations to the Patriots following their win, and what that meant for her son and their family.

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2. How to Date as a Single Parent

I also offered some of my dating tips for single parents for a piece that appeared in Parenting.com and CNN.com among others. 

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I wish I could give a free copy of Meeting Your Half-Orange to every last single mom or single dad in the country, because I truly believe that it could help shift how they feel in a meaningful way.

The way I see it, when you are feeling overwhelmed and down on yourself or your circumstances—which is so often the case with single parents who don’t have even .001 second to think about themselves because they are so focused on their child/children—the best thing you can do for yourself emotionally is find a way to adjust your perspective and feelings so that you can get through each day in a happier place. The more in control, positive, hopeful and happy you feel, the better a person, a parent and a provider you can be.

—Amy

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 glamour.com. 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.

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You’ll find your first mission at glamour.com. (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?

—Amy

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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)

Eva Longoria Lives Bright Side Up!

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I had a blast interviewing the February 2012 cover star of Health magazine for this month: Eva Longoria.

Partly because I think she’s a hilarious actress. Partly because I’m inspired by her activism and charity work which she somehow squeezes into her already busy life as a successful businesswoman. And partly because she’s as much of an optimist as I am!

Eva has a positivity that’s addictive and essentially lives her life Bright Side Up—much like my new book! So it was fun to hear her talk about how she’s been able to flip the tough times in her life into good ones by seeing her experiences from a more positive perspective.

Check out my full interview with Eva Longoria on Health.com, which is also featured as “Eva’s Happy Life Moves” on CNN.com and TheHuffingtonPost.com. (We really got around this month!)

I hope her happy life moves inspire you!

—Amy

HEALTH Magazine names The Dating Optimist a “Blog We Adore”

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

It’s a great month for The Dating Optimist, the blog I run to provide small doses of love and life positivity when you really need it. Pick up the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Health magazine, and you’ll see that my blog was named a “Blog We Adore” for the issue, and featured a quote from the blog archives. Hilariously, it was from a posting called “Dexter and You: Take Your Leap of Faith.” Nothing like finding comfort in life from the character of a serial killer!

But you know what? That’s precisely the point of my site, The Dating Optimist: Positive life messages can be found in the craziest places, sometimes. And I want to do my part to help you work on your focus to find them all around you. Joy and optimism can be ours if we make the choice to use it.

So thanks Health magazine, I adore you right back!

—Amy

The Daily News on Half-Oranges: “Grab It!”

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

It was such a sweet treat to see that the New York City newspaper The Daily News found and featured my little App at the end of summer! App Momma is so darn proud. Here is the Sunday edition of the paper with my iPhone App Half-Orange Optimisms, listed under the “Grab it!” section of the App reviews.

“We all need pick-me-ups now and then,” the writer says in her review, “especially if we’re prepping to put ourselves out there.” She’s right. So if you have an iPhone and could use a pep talk in your pocket, give the App a go and see what you think!

—Amy

The Dating Optimist is Up!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

So I’ve been wanting to start a blog where I can put down my thoughts on life and love and dating, and it’s finally up! Whether you’re single and dating, seeing someone, or even already happily married, I hope my perspective can be a help when you need a little push toward positivity. Just head here…

…to TheDatingOptimist.com whenever you could use a pick me up. (I mean, if I were you, I’d check it out every day, but I guess bloggers can’t be beggers.)

The official guide to using dating optimism to find your other half comes out in six months. That’s when MEETING YOUR HALF-ORANGE: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism To Find Your Perfect Match will be published (Running Press, February 2010). But I’m just too eager…I wanted to start getting your groundwork going now so that by the time the book comes out, you’ll be ready for the process!

Please stop by the site and see what’s up. And if you have any questions or comments, comment there of course, or write to me at: info at amy-spencer dot com or just click the “Contact” button my site here.

Thanks,

Amy

Secrets of a Real Optimist

Monday, July 6th, 2009

It’s always good to talk to someone who shares my optimistic viewpoint on life and love and everything in between. I found that when I spoke with Star Trek and House star, Jennifer Morrison for the July/August cover of Health magazine.

Here’s page one, for a taste of the article. You can read the whole interview in the July/August issue, or head to Health.com to see what she had to say.

Join “The Dating Optimist” on Twitter!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I’ll be sharing my full-length homegrown secret of how to use dating optimism to find your perfect match when my book, Meeting Your Half-Orange, hits stores on February 22 (Running Press). But who wants to wait until then to start thinking positive about finding the love of your life?

 

If you want a dose of happy thinking now,join me on Twitter, where I’m sharing my daily thoughts on life’s little moments—from the mundane to the more serious—and the ways I aim to look at dating and love in a brighter, better way.

Join me at Twitter.com/DatingOptimist.

Get a daily dose of positivity from The Dating Optimist

Now, techhies, please have mercy! I’ve just begun exploring this whole Twit-terrain, so bear with me as we begin the journey together… I hope to see you there!

Coming in 2010: “Meeting Your Half-Orange”

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Attention all singles! Start your countdown clocks now. My first dating book, Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match, will be published by Running Press in February 2010. Yes, it’ll be a long countdown, but it will be worth it.

If you’re getting tired of watching your friends pair up and marry off while you whittle away yet another Saturday night trying to wrangle someone to scour the guy scene with you…it’s time to try Dating Optimism.

Because if you’re focused on simply finding the right guy, I’m sorry to tell you…you’re doing it all wrong! You shouldn’t be looking for a guy at all!

Why? Because it’s not about the guy. It’s about you.

Meeting Your Half-Orange (Running Press, 2010)

From what to do while you’re sipping your Starbucks, to what to think about while you scour Us Weekly, I will walk you through the secret of Dating Optimism to get you the relationship you’ve always wanted.

Use my tricks to stop your frustrating pursuit for good men, delete the online suitors you don’t want to date anyway, and fight off the secret panic that you’ll end up alone. Instead, Meeting Your Half-Orange will show you how to live your life and adjust your attitude in a profound—but simple—way to bring you the great relationship you want and deserve.

It’s about time you learned to live up your amazing, kick-ass life while love finds you!

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