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Tiny Buddha Book Holiday Giveaway, Week 4

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The Winners:

To celebrate the holiday season, I’ve decided to do a series of giveaways for my book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, which launched right around this time last year.

If you’ve already learned about the book or purchased it, this post will be redundant for you! For those who haven’t read it, here’s a little information about it:

This is the first book of its kind—with tweets woven throughout.

I asked @tinybuddha followers a number of the most challenging questions in life, like:

  • Why is there suffering in the world?
  • What’s the meaning of life?
  • What does it take to be happy?
  • Why are relationships hard?

Since there are very few concrete answers to the big questions, I wanted to explore many varied perspectives to create a guide of possibilities for joy, purpose, and connection.

Although these tweets shaped the book, I also included a great deal of my own struggles, successes, and insights—far more than I’ve ever revealed on the blog. From my former battle with depression to my struggles with relationships, I shared how these questions have played out in my own life—and what I’ve learned at each step of the way.

Through this book, you’ll learn a few ideas to:

  • Let go of pain from the past that’s been weighing you down and holding you back
  • Create a sense of purpose, starting right now, even if you’re not doing what you want to do professionally
  • Change habits that have not served you well and open up to new, better ways of being
  • Experience happiness right now, regardless of your circumstances
  • Improve your relationships
  • Seize the moment to live more mindfully, passionately, and fearlessly
  • Find a sense of control and empowerment in an uncertain world

I will do 4 giveaways this month, 1 per week. I will choose 2 winners for each giveaway and mail all of 8 books together at the end of the month.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post sharing something that made you smile today.
  • Tweet: Tiny Buddha Book Holiday Giveaway: Comment and RT to enter! http://bit.ly/RVmm59
You can enter each giveaway once at any point during December, 2012. (You can find the firstsecond, and third ones here.) If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can enter by completing the first step only. If you’d like to purchase the book now, you can find it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or translated in Dutch at Bol.com.
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About Lori Deschene

Tiny Buddha Founder Lori Deschene is the author of the Tiny Wisdom eBook series (which includes one free eBook) & co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an eCourse that helps you get unstuck & change your life. She's now seeking stories to include in her next book, 365 Tiny Love Challenges by Tiny Buddha. Click here to share your story! For inspiring posts and wisdom quotes, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter & Facebook.

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  • Lori Gustafson

    One thing that made me smile today was seeing my son’s face light up when I gave him a treat. He’s been needing some light in his eyes lately.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Nickel/1235941236 Mark Nickel

    Someone laughed when they made a mistake. It is simple, but always makes me laugh and if others will with me…appreciate what we are

  • Jessica

    One thing that made me smile was the big hug I received from my daughter when I came home from work!

  • prairigrl

    Thinking I might win this book! :)

  • Listen

    Provided an ear for a friend in need of someone to talk to about a problem. Just being there in such a small way, and feeling ease come back from unease made me smile.

  • Phil Bennett

    A friends encouragement and advice.

  • Timm

    My cat stretching in front of the wintery window.

  • AT

    cool! For me? the sun.

  • Julimonster

    The first thing that made me smile today was my tiny dog’s happy tail whipping me awake

  • Ginca

    The promise of a new year makes me smile!

  • http://Zentivity.com/ Jim Krenz

    A message from the universe made me smile.

  • Isabella

    Hearing my little sister count “1-2, 1-2, 1-2″ as she plays the piano.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monica.desai.5209 Monica Desai

    a squeeze of the hand, a smile that reveals, “I’ve been there too, there is another side if you don’t lose hope”

  • Lauren Saggio

    watching my brother tell a quirky joke about the weather to my dad, on the way to grandma’s house

  • http://www.facebook.com/froggie0424 Christy Foust

    Hearing my dog pout about not getting a treat… :)

  • Acec

    Listening to two 80 year olds singing along to opera on YouTube.

  • Vicki Lund

    What made me smile today? The realization that if I let go, the universe will bring good to me. As brought to me by Deepak Chopra during a meditation.

  • http://twitter.com/triviamaven Leigh Ann

    Finding the lump in my bed is my cat burrowing in for her first morning nap! IT made me laugh out loud.

  • Joanie

    The sun coming out from behind the clouds after almost a whole week of gray days :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/wuwei Derek Gibson

    love your site, every day provides wonderful reminders

  • Katie

    My ten month old, Vivian, taking her first steps toward me.

  • Val

    My daughter wearing her sunglasses today, even though it was cloudy. She looked like a tiny movie star, and smiled the whole way as we strutted through the parking lot, feeling fancy!

  • http://twitter.com/KatieKittyKatxo Moon⭐princess

    My boyfriend sent me a picture of his cat and said his cat missed me. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gen_and_Tonic Gen Handley

    The elderly lady who sold me coffee today. Really sweet.

  • Lois

    My Golden running and jumping in the new snowfall, about 12″, brought a laugh-out-loud response and a lingering smile.

  • wmedcalf

    What made me smile today? My daughter created a book club group on FB, and invited me to join. The dialogue I’ve had there this morning with other avid readers has given my heart a lift after a difficult Christmas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebeccaguth Rebecca Guth

    Telling my friends about how the toddler in my family named her doll “Storage”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fantastique.monique Monique Muñoz

    Doodling in my sketchbook :)

  • Helen

    The sun came out while it is snowing!

  • pluminmouth

    Today there was a break in the rain and I looked up to see birds murmerating and reminded myself that I quite like to be outside even when its grey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001125468517 Vilma Vega

    Hearing my non verbal son speak. A few words is music to my ears.

  • holly

    hearing from my best friend

  • Nayeli

    Writing. I’ve had writer’s block for months now and I have finally found how I want to express what’s in my mind. It made me so happy.

  • Jack

    I’m upright and breathing again today. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/meme_aimee Aimée Lévesque

    Seeing the snowstorm as I opened the curtains brought a smile to my face. White snow falling softly or swiftly always put me in a state of peace and sweet introspection.

  • Starlynn

    Waking up to a new day and seeing the sun peeking through the clouds. Thinking about life and knowing that what I have is all I need. Life is great!

  • http://twitter.com/SCarboni Stephen Carboni

    Being able to be with family

  • Ellen Dygert

    You have been such a bright spot in many of my days! Thank you for keeping me centered!

  • bugsy

    I am smiling at the fact that I get to see a dear friend get their 18 year sobriety chip tonight.

  • debbie

    Waking up to a new day

  • http://www.facebook.com/lndchurchill Linda Bruce Churchill

    watching my blind, diabetic dog enjoy her walk in the snow and finding her way around snow banks:)…

  • RichGirlRed

    Watching a young man stop 5 lanes of traffic to help an elderly woman using a cane cross the street.

  • Michele

    Having my favorite cereal for breakfast snuggled under a warm blanket made me smile. Nice way to start my day!

  • Kelly Lynn

    I was taking my dog, Carly, for a walk and a woman coming out of her house walked down to the sidewalk and got down so that Carly would walk over to her and she held her face in her hands and told her that she was beautiful! I would do that and I love finding other people like me. :)

  • gurpreet

    It is so hard to let go off past pain..not only does one have to find out what is bothering them let alone letting it go

  • Dana

    my boyfriend, who called me “a gem” for hiding the christmas cookies.

  • Lisbeth

    Waking up and discovering self-acceptance

  • Jeni

    My friends made me smile today. I love carrying on the holiday season until the new year!

  • Heather

    Listening to someone share their sorrow without trying to change the way they feel.

  • DeAndra`

    Telling myself TGIF and visioned myself relaxing across my bed to the sound of my meditation fountain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=737640373 Amber Gideon

    I work nights, and for good reason, I’m just not a morning person. This morning I had to be up earlier to take my husband to work and while driving I was struck by the beauty of the sky and the rapidly rising sun.

  • Chandni

    I love this book. Just reading an inspirational article each day, sets my day off to a great start. Thank you! A friend sharing an old special photo of the two of us from our freshman college made me smile today. :)

  • Laura

    Reading about the Archangel Sophia

  • mike

    Pick me

  • http://www.facebook.com/Autodidact16 Jaydeep Singh

    As a biochemistry major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a new, deep interest in Eastern philosophy, starting “The Chemistry of Calm”, by Henry Emmons, MD, a book that outlines the science of awareness. That’s what makes Buddhist philosophy amazing — science is finding its way in a direction that strongly supports the benefits of mindfulness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn.murovitz Lynn Murovitz

    thinking about forgiveness all day

  • saza_e

    Waking up to a stunning sunny day and getting ready for a few days away with some old friends.

  • Sandy

    Getting the book would be awesome, but just the daily bits of wisdom make my day! :-) Namaste.

  • Vanessa S

    Something that made you smile today: How fortunate i am to travel by ferry to work, i am enjoying the view on the water.

  • Niteleit

    I found your site :)

  • Lo Mack

    Love Tiny Buddha!

  • fenway523@gmail.com

    I smiled today in my yoga class. I teach a private class on Friday mornings and one of the students always complains about the poses because she is tight. Today, she had fun in her yoga! I saw her soul shine through her practice! She was laughing at herself and healing! Great day! Donna C.

  • ritu

    the look on the face of people at the food bank when we dropped off bags of groceries today!! i love helping people in need.

  • Sharon

    Seeing the orange sky as I drove to work.

  • Teri

    Spending quality time with my daughter and her gratitude as we spent time together relaxing getting a pedicure.

  • amanda

    Two little girls on the train, with a separate seat for their American Girl dolls

  • Teresa

    Sorry. I think I really need this book. Nothing has made me smile today.

  • http://twitter.com/va4backoffice Jayme Tajanlangit

    I remember my father play the old LP album of Christmas songs at home when I was still a kid.

  • EE

    This has been a very difficult day (and week…and year…), but watching flakes of snow fall softly to the ground made me smile today.

  • http://twitter.com/coco63 Kelli K

    The memory of my favorite childhood book.

  • erica

    Even though I’m not a huge fan of winter, wearing my snow boots made me smile today! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1369185557 Claudia Mitchell Albertson

    My nephew talking to his girls, sounding exactly like what my Dad would have said.

  • Sara

    Leaving the crowded mall I signaled to someone to take my spot which was close to the entrance and they rolled down their window and yelled Thank you! That made me smile!

  • Ashley Demers

    Feeling my little baby kicks!

  • Kumquat

    Reading all of these comments :)

  • Jaimie-Lyn Oldfield

    It all makes me smile… but my biggest smile came from my cat who ventured out into the snow……decided its to much for him (3 + feet) and came barrelling back in the house, jumping over a huge snow bank and skidding through the door to warmth. Love my kitty.

  • Jake

    Watching my son make snow angels today!

  • Nix Shaw

    It’s raining in Britain, a lot! Today I smiled as I jumped into what I thought was a shallow puddle and found out it was actually a crater. Love the Tiny Buddha comments. They have helped during a difficult year x

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtneyvanessa Courtney Harris

    So many things to smile about today! A mug of delicious fresh-brewed coffee in front of me, the aroma of beans, and eucalyptus in the air. Clear, crisp skies in the greater Seattle area, with even a hint of sun peeking through now and then! Stalling out my (first-ever-brand-new!) shiny white car in heavy traffic on the interstate on the drive home from the dealership…gotta laugh at myself struggling to drive a manual. And smiling at whatever adventures await me in 2013. I’ve made it this far, there’s no turning back!

  • Ute

    My son made me smile pretending to be a seal wanting a cuddle.

  • http://twitter.com/mezickp Paul Mezick

    Today I stumbled upon two things dear to me – my tape recorder, which i’ve used to spontaneously record my children in the moment. The one recording I played had my son Nathan singing a song he learned in preschool. I love the audio without the picture. It makes me use my imagination to recreate the context of the moment. Plus, a child’s laughter, that little four year old belly laugh, will make anyone smile. The other item I stumbled upon was the quote book we have kept since the birth of my seven year old daughter. I’m so happy to have both items to preserve memories.

  • Justin

    Hearing from a friend that she had started driving again today after major surgery two weeks ago.

  • katehinman

    Oddly enough, i laughed loudly when the electric company responded to my call asking if they would cut tree branches back off my line in my backyard. They don’t do that, so I would have to pay someone, unless….the branches interfere with my line and I lose power….then they will cut the branches back for free. It just seemed hysterically illogical and the belly laugh increased my energy level for the afternoon.

  • Lorena Dinger

    I loved hearing how excited my family was that I baked cookies for them.

  • Sherry D

    What me smile today, when I helped push a wheelchair of an elderly woman at my moms nursing home, she was so grateful to me, but couldn’t speak, but her gestures of thankfulness toward me was obvious and she kissed my hand. That made me smile!

  • Solarhowl

    I don’t have a twitter, but I have always loved this blog.

    Watching my little brother and his friend made me smile today, definitely. They are hilarious together.

  • amber

    Walking country roads in frigid temps with my daughter made me smile today…

  • Meninacici

    I met an elderly couple today at the hospital. When I asked them how long they had been married, they said 56 years. When I congratulated them, they looked lovingly into each others eyes and reached out to hold each other. Knowing that love can be this strong after 56 years makes me happy! I can only hope for this kind of love… :D

  • Leah Anderson

    Awesome blog!! My kids made me smile today. They are so thoughtful & kind and continually teach me life lessons. The highlight of my day was hearing my 5 year old son say during a movie with some foul language that bad words are inappropriate for him and his big sister to hear….he is so wise. :)

  • Mel

    getting an email from a former student about how I impacted her life… great email after a long day at work … feeling very blessed :)

  • Cindy

    Saw big fluffy snowflakes this morning when I woke up. Instant smile!

  • crystal

    The light changing from red to green just as I had to cross the street in pouring rain so I didn’t have to stand there getting soaked.

  • Snow

    My brother (who is always very, very serious) cracked jokes tonight and I was all smiles. It was a nice, simple time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanette.harris.752 Jeanette Harris

    what made me smile today,i am suffering a kidney infection and my 2 dogs have stayed right beside me and did their doggy best to tend to me,they are so sweet.

  • Mama Ram

    The thing that makes me smile everyday is the genuine hug I get from my daughter every night at bedtime. She holds onto me so tight, I feel her need for me. We hold each other so close, it feels we share a heartbeat. As she grows up, I hope I still get these hugs every night, but on nights she is away, I can still feel her love.

  • k a

    Met two friends unexpectedly while dropping off my son at his creative writing workshop. Had a fun ten minute chat. That made me happy. When I realised that I was living in the moment n let that simple meeting brighten up my day. That made me smile.

  • a_garou

    Saw the Hobbit today and I was pleased to discover that the Elves are vegans. It made me feel better after watching the Dwarves eating all that meat.

  • Phy

    seeing the world through the enthusiasm of a dog and the wonder of a child

  • Raines

    Seeing the beautiful full moon this evening and feeling at peace. This created an inner and outward smile. :)

  • Monique

    I’m currently sick with a cold and my youngest made me a cup of soup and tucked me in.

  • Bec

    The kindness from everyone over the Holiday makes me smile…..from older people to the check out girls…everyone thru in a Christmas freebie! : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.lemig1 Chris Lemig

    My Tibetan friend’s daughter telling me that counting in Tibetan is easy (it’s not).

  • Loandra

    The sunshine peeking out behind the buildings to say ‘Good Morning’, the pinkish grey sky, and the crisp but cool morning breeze :)

  • Elia

    Was cleaning out the cupboard and found an old photo album of kids photos of my little brother who drowned. Was sad, but nice to remember some good times we had.

  • Vicjtor

    Waking up smiling, breathing and going slowly through the day

  • Okcpat

    Over the holiday I’ve been sleeping on the couch because of visitors. Last night was the first night I got to sleep in my bed. I smiled big as I dove in a sprawled out! It felt wonderful.

  • lori

    knowing, after reading today’s newsletter, that I can choose how I want to relate to the world.

  • Laurie gator

    Waking up, hearing the rain on the windows and being able to roll over for a bit more sleep :-)

  • sj

    A family of 4 (2 daughters – one 5yrs, one 6yrs, the mother and father) straddled on a bike, the father was riding; youngest daughter sitting in the front, on the bike, chatting away happily with her father; her father trying to catch on to every word the tiny one was saying while trying to maneuver the bike skillfully through the busy morning traffic, yet very patiently answering the kid’s questions. Multitasking at its best. :)

  • Krystallina Paramithi

    My baby son offered me my breastmilk…from my breast…his cuteness make me smile!

  • Bianca Jovicic

    Waking up.

  • http://twitter.com/SushiJammies Heather H

    Watching my daughter learn some sign language this morning made me smile!

  • http://twitter.com/stel_tpz Stella Tan

    Something that made me smile today (in fact right now) was scrolling down and seeing 111 comments being made here :)

  • dharmamom

    My facebook post this morning: Things I love today: That I start thinking about this list soon after I wake up; dreams about my students and the knowledge that I will go back to them refreshed and happy and ready to work; clean windows; the fog rolling off the streets this morning; that I can lose at UNO and not be angry (it wasn’t always this way, folks); listening to others talk about their favorite yoga poses; Jimmy John’s vegetarian sandwiches; donation pick-ups and my friends! Love you all!

  • carter_ak

    Watching the sun rise and the clouds roll in with rain all at once!

  • grandpamike

    Hearing my grandchildren breathe quietly while practicing mindfulness.

  • Lisa Marie

    Having my ex-husband send me a picture of our grand-son through my phone, because I can’t be there right now to hold him. Thank you Allen! Also seeing smiles and hearing the laughter of my aunt and uncle, and seeing my cousin who has cancer finally have an appetite. And one more thing; finding this site. I have had the hardest time trying to forgive some people from my past that hurt me terribly. And after reading all the posts, it opened my eyes and made me feel so much better and easier to learn how to forgive. How could something so easy feel so hard to do? Thank you!

    Lisa Marie

  • Lisa Marie

    I’m sorry, I have had days like that too! i pray you find your smile soon!

  • tabatha

    i apologized to my sister in law and had a great conversation today :)

  • http://twitter.com/suziesuchi Suzie SuChi

    To be able to fully connect with a loved one where one was able to share a deeply painful part of their soul without judgment just love & be fully present. It was a heart-breaking moment but later a blessed smile by both of us of our truly seeing & emotional feeling of one another.

  • Rashmi

    a good morning from my 1.5 year old daughter..she is the sunshine of my life and my best teacher who inspires me to live in now…!!

  • Dawn Ehasz

    I have read many of the Tiny Buddha quotes and I instantly think of my daughter. She is 15 yrs old and has suffered, survived, triumphed, struggled, and beat all odds. I SMILE every time I look at her smiling face. I remember how grateful I am to have been gifted by this beautiful being. She has taught me to savor life regardless of the hand we may have been dealt.
    She was struck by a truck while crossing the street in the crosswalk three years ago. She suffered a sever traumatic brain injury and numerous fractures. She has become my positive motivator throughout her recovery so far. Life has since gifted her with new talents replacing ones that have been damaged or more of a challenge.
    For me waking up and seeing my kids I SMILE.
    Happy New Years! Xoxo

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarahcoffinstewart Sarah Coffin

    My neighborhood borders the part of town where the warehouses are. They’re very ugly, but today when I was outside photographing a hat I just finished knitting, I noticed the setting sun hitting the side of one of the warehouses and it cast a very intense yellow-orange glow that made my photographs look brilliant and happy. I love it when something you once regarded as ugly becomes beautiful. :)

  • Swoozey

    After a month of sadness from life changes and challenges I realized that I am just beating myself up….why?? So I chose this morning to google that very question. It brought me to your site and the answer…….. I smiled because after reading it, I was actually able to :)

  • Deanna

    Finding that mistakes in life can turn around and seem funny later.

  • celestine

    My guinea pigs popcorning around their pen! So free and happy!

  • Jaimie-Lyn Oldfield

    Excited to have won a copy :D!! Thank you.

  • Tomo

    A smiling beautiful woman that I met at the post-office :-)