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The Book of Holiday Awesome

Giveaway: The Book of Holiday Awesome

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The Winners:

  • Peggy
  • Mathildalily

    It’s no secret: I am a huge Neil Pasricha fan. It’s impossible to visit his site 1000 Awesome Things and not feel good about the world.… Read More

    Happy Girl

    10 Ways to Complain Less and Be Happier


    “Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.” ~Proverb

    We all complain. Even if you argue that you are the happiest person in the world, you still complain sometimes.

    Sometimes we complain without even realizing it, but rarely is it ever helpful.… Read More


    The Tiny Buddha Book, Bonus Gifts, and Win a Kindle or DSLR Camera

    UPDATE: Please note that the pre-order bonus promotion described in this blog post ended on December 8, 2011.

    This is a post that’s been a year and a half in the making, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally write these words!

    Today is the official pre-order launch day for my first print book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, and I have some exciting promotions to share with you!… Read More


    The Days Will Run Out

    “If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    I heard this story recently while listening to a favorite radio show of mine. It was about this homeless man who was detailing some of his experience with homelessness.

    He told stories of sleeping outside in the rain and waiting for hours to get into an overcrowded shelter.… Read More


    Turning Forgiveness Inside Out: Moving on from Anger

    “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” ~Joseph Campbell

    I stood in front of my father, man to man, and demanded an apology. His long absence and lack of interest during my formative years had burned within me a resentment that wouldn’t quit.… Read More


    60 Life Lessons: Insights from Oprah’s Life Class

    Call me a traitor to my gender, but I didn’t grow up watching Oprah. I didn’t have parties with other ladies that involved a television and tissues. I didn’t fill my library according to her book club recommendations. And I didn’t live my life around the question, “What would Oprah do?”

    Considering my penchant for drama back then, I was more likely to curl up to Jerry Springer than a show without paternity tests and chair throwing.… Read More

    Smell Flower

    Love Yourself, Accept Yourself, Forgive Yourself

    “Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia 

    You mean I am a source of many wonderful things?

    Yes. Actually you are. Own up to it.

    Leo has it right.

    1. Love yourself.Read More

    The Game of You

    Interview and Giveaway: The Game of You by Lynn Zavaro

    Update: The winners for this giveaway have already been chosen. Subscribe to Tiny Buddha for free daily or weekly updates and to learn about future giveaways!

    The winners:

  • Bribrina1
  • Marybeth
  • laney elaine
  • kabuslu
  • guylagalindo
  • Lynn Zavaro has very quickly become one of my greatest role models.

    When she first submitted a post to Tiny Buddha (50 Creative Questions to Help You Create the Life You Want) I felt like she was living inside my head.… Read More

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    Introducing the Tiny Buddha Book Store

    I’m pleased to announce that Tiny Buddha now has a book store! We’ve partnered with Sounds True to offer a wide range of inspiring books, instructional DVDs, and audio learning courses that support personal growth and spiritual awakening.

    A percentage of all sales made through this store will support Tiny Buddha’s continued growth.… Read More

    Sunny Disposition

    12 Gifts You Can Enjoy Now: Improve Your Outlook on Life

    “If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~ Mary Engelbreit

    About 10 years ago, I started on a journey any college dropout would embark on to quell the little voices in my head that said, “If you want to be happy, earn good money, and validate your choice of quitting college, you better get moving.”

    This epiphany fueled my mission.… Read More

    Theres a Light

    Cherish Your Challenges and Find Your Authentic Self

    “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” ~Bernice Johnson Reagon

    My quarter-life crisis kicked into high gear about six months ago.

    Take this as evidence: I quit my job. I quit my apartment and moved back home. I quit booze and boys.… Read More


    How to Create the Life You Want Using Anchors

    “Put your future in good hands—your own.” ~Unknown

    They say that in life, we are never given more than we can handle.

    But sometimes it’s a matter of not accepting more than we can handle. Putting your foot down. Proclaiming, “That’s enough!”

    Recently, a number of stressors confronted me simultaneously.… Read More

    Collective Energy

    How to Accomplish Anything Leveraging Collective Energy

    “Success will never be a big step in the future; success is a small step taken just now.” ~Jonatan Mårtensson

    I love Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance program that has become a worldwide fitness phenomenon. At the three minute mark of every class, I am alive with how much I enjoy the workout: the rhythm, the moves, the music, the collective energy.… Read More

    New Friends

    11 Ways to Turn Strangers into Friends

    “Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.” ~Shirley Maclaine

    Up until a year ago, I saw the world as a place where very few doors opened for me. At first I thought it was due to being extremely introverted. But as time went on, I started to struggle with making friends.… Read More

    Happy and Free

    4 Simple Ways to Experience Great Happiness and True Freedom

    “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”  ~E.E. Cummings

    I love to write. For years I wrote in journals and kept them stacked in piles on my shelves.

    One rainy winter evening when I was 25, I walked into the Bourgeois Pig bookshop on Franklin Boulevard in Los Angeles and saw a book next to the cash register written by Natalie Goldberg called Wild Mind.Read More

    New Light

    Simplify Your Life by Eliminating These 7 Problems

    Life has a tendency to become overly complicated and stressful, particularly because things change so quickly. I’ve identified seven problems that you can eliminate to make your life a whole lot simpler (which doesn’t mean boring or less interesting).

    Problem #1 – Too Much Responsibility

    Think back to a year or two ago.… Read More


    Taking Risks: 5 Things to Know Before Leaping without a Net

    “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” ~Unknown

    It was the perfect storm.

    In 2009 my best friend got married. At 48, having never been married, I once again caught the bouquet. Two months later, my mother’s home burned to the ground. At 70 years old, she lost everything, including a pet.… Read More

    At Peace

    It’s Time to Make a Change: If Not Now, When?

    “What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”  ~Buddha

    These words resonate for me in a deeply personal way. The importance of being in the here and now, of recognizing that every moment is an opportunity to wake up to what is happening and what is possible, saved my life.… Read More


    Realizing You Have Everything You Need

    “He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” ~Thomas Carlyle

    I grew up in a small town, Maysville, Kentucky, where I led the perfect, sheltered life. After graduating from high school, I pursued higher education at a local community college, and from there transferred to The University of Kentucky in Lexington.… Read More

    Freedom #2

    7 Steps to Move through Shame, Fear, and Regret

    “If you are never scared, embarrassed, or hurt, it means you never take chances.” ~Julia Soul

    The moment comes when you are on your knees.

    You are filled with a knowing that there is something better. There is a life for you that you are not living and you are ready to live it.… Read More

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