3 Steps to a Happier Life: Interview with Kristi Ling and Book Giveaway

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The winners for this giveaway have already been chosen. They are:

  • Stuart Dods
  • Sheldon Dwyer

People often tell us we have to choose to be happy, but what they don’t always tell us is how.

How do we choose happiness when we’re dealing with life’s everyday struggles and devastating traumas and tragedies?

How can we choose happiness when we’re grappling with persistent negative thoughts and overwhelming emotions?

What exactly do we need to do—or not do—to overcome our challenges and demons and experience more joy in our daily lives?

Tiny Buddha contributor Kristi Ling, a renowned happiness strategist and life coach, has created an amazing resource that answers those questions.

In her book Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss, Kristi shares how she rebounded from a long-term illness, a divorce, and the sudden deaths of loved ones.

Part memoir and part how-to guide, Operation Happiness blends personal storytelling, powerful insights, and practical tools and tips to help us live happier lives.

I’m grateful that Kristi took the time to answer some questions about her book, and also that she’s provided two free copies for Tiny Buddha readers.

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To enter to win one of two free copies of Operation Happiness:

  • Leave a comment below. You don’t have to share anything specific; “count me in” is enough. But if you feel inclined, share something that always makes you happy.
  • For an extra entry, share this interview on one of your social media pages and include the link in a second comment.

You can enter until midnight PST on Sunday, January 15th.

The Interview

1. Tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to write this book.

I’d always struggled trying to be happy until my early thirties. Then, there was a point when I became so stressed, unhappy, and unwell that I hit a wall. I knew if I didn’t do something to change, I’d stay caught in that downward spiral. So, I quit my job at that point and went on a mission to decode happiness and change my life. That mission lasted several years.

When I finally experienced a huge positive shift after discovering that happiness is actually a skill we can learn to do, rather than just something we feel, I knew that idea needed to be shared far and wide.

Happiness really wasn’t being talked about in this way. So, that turned into blogging, coaching, and public speaking. Things kept expanding to the point where I knew it needed to be a book, which lead to writing Operation Happiness.

2. In your book, you wrote that happiness is a skill—something that can be learned, improved upon, and even mastered. Do you believe anyone can master this skill, even those struggling with depression and anxiety?

Absolutely. Just as those who are suffering from depression and anxiety can learn to play a musical instrument if they dedicate themselves, they can also learn and become better at the skill of happiness through a series of new habits, mindset shifts, and practice.

I suffered from depression and anxiety on and off all through my twenties and early thirites. I tried everything from medical treatment to yoga retreats. Some of it helped temporarily, but nothing offered the sustainable sense of happiness and wellbeing I was seeking.

A drastic, determined, permanent change to the way I approach, view, and do life on a daily basis is what finally created the change.

3. Why do you think depression and anxiety have been on the rise in recent years?

Truthfully, I think in part it has to do with social media and electronic overwhelm. We’re vulnerable to more negativity, comparison, and fear energy than ever before. Not to mention hundreds of emails a week, texts, and voicemails claiming our attention and focus.

It’s all robbing our minds of the chance to have open space. I talk quite a bit in the book about how to reduce that and turn social media and media in general into a more positive experience. Having a practice such as meditation to allow your mind time to rest and clear is more important than ever.

I also believe the economy has been a factor these past few years. There are real struggles going on for many people. I’ve found being willing to take on some positive new habits and simple supportive shifts can be truly helpful, even in the middle of a storm.

Happiness is always there for us, it just takes extra effort to tap into it during the tough times. Nobody wants to say that sometimes we actually have to fight for happiness, but it’s true. And, it’s worth fighting for.

4. In your TEDx Talk, you share the story of how an illness helped you to finally find the answers you were looking for when it came to the keys for creating lasting, sustainable happiness. What was it that you discovered?

There were two key things that created a massive shift in my happiness. One, as I mentioned, is that happiness is a skill.

Aristotle said, “Happiness is a state of activity.” That is so true! I get a little irked when I hear the saying, “Happiness is a choice,” because I think it sends the wrong message to people who feel like they’re choosing happiness but it’s still not happening. It’s not a choice, it only begins with one—the rest involves taking action.

The second key is the power we have to change the neuropathways in our brain to re-wire ourselves for more happiness, positivity, and self-love.

Through focusing on and practicing these things for an extended period of time, we can literally train our minds to work that way naturally. This is called neuroplasticity, and it’s a surprisingly simple, incredible process that anyone can do.

5. Some people make happiness look easy. Do you think some people are just naturally happy? Is it possible to become naturally happy?

I do think some people are naturally happy, but it has much to do with lifestyle and outlook. People who are naturally optimistic are generally happier. People who meditate and exercise regularly are naturally happier.

The good news is that by creating deliberate, positive shifts in our lives and forming habits that support happiness, we can become naturally happier.

That’s not to say we’ll all be happy 24/7, because then we’d be robots. Even the happiest people experience sad days and occasional hard times, but the way they think about them is a bit different. They’ve developed skills to bounce back in healthy ways.

6. Can you talk a little about the link between mindfulness and happiness?

There is such a strong connection here. Mindfulness is about being present in the moment and paying attention to life. Noticing all that’s around us, and choosing a lens of love. Happiness is much the same.

I truly believe that becoming more mindful is one of the most important bricks in the foundation of a happy life. There are studies that show that the quality of our consciousness and ability to be present in the moment are directly linked to the levels of happiness we feel.

We also have the ability to choose our thoughts deliberately, and this is also part of mindfulness. Choosing positive thoughts can produce great results both physically and emotionally.

7. You’ve experienced some major transitions in your life over the past few years, including a divorce. What do you think is the most important thing to remember when it comes to finding light during the dark times?

That our happiness is always there for us, even under layers of darkness.

A while back while going through a hard time, I received a fortune in a fortune cookie that said, “The cloud will rain success upon you.” This is so powerful if you think about it; because it’s not saying when the cloud is gone you’ll feel good again. It’s literally saying it will rain success upon you—while you’re under it!

It’s about being willing to see, seek, and receive goodness when it’s still raining, even when it feels impossible. Willingness to open our hearts to love and joy when we are at our lowest points can be so supportive. It can create miraculous shifts, really. I write about this quite a bit in Operation Happiness.

8. I think a lot of us assume if we’re feeling unhappy it means we’re doing something wrong—or that we need to change something, and fast. Do you think it’s possible to be happy all the time?

Nobody but a cartoon character is happy all the time, and I’d even question that. I still have difficult times and even sad-for-no-reason days now and then. But, there are subtle differences for me now.

For example, I used to feel depressed on days where I was feeling reflective. Now I feel peaceful and even joyful, because I understand the need for reflection and how important it is to examine life in order to grow. So, I embrace and honor it.

It is true that sometimes sadness is there to tell us something important. Ignoring something that needs to be changed can sometimes bring sadness, as well as anxiety, and so can neglecting our self-care.

I’ve learned to pay close attention to sadness when it appears. I’ve found that simply allowing myself to feel that way sometimes for short periods, rather than trying to fight it, allows it to serve its purpose and to pass. If it doesn’t pass fairly quickly, I remember what Aristotle said about happiness being an activity, and I start to take action.

9. What would you say are the top three habits that compromise our happiness?

This is a great question. One is looking for external things to bring happiness without first doing the work within. Yes, external things can sometimes contribute to happiness, but it’s only temporary unless we’re at peace and emotionally fit within, so this is where to focus.

I’d say another is overlooking gratitude for what is. Gratitude is a huge source of joy, and when we’re too focused on the next accomplishment or thing, we lose out on the happiness we can feel in this moment by simply feeling grateful for what we already have. It’s very powerful.

Finally, I’d say to take a look at your eating habits. Crappy food doesn’t just lead to feeling crappy physically, but emotionally as well.

What we eat is directly linked to our happiness. Foods have the power to affect our brain chemistry as well as physical energy. I think this is so important that I included an entire chapter on it in my book. When we learn which foods help boost happiness and make us feel better across the board, it makes a huge difference. And, it becomes so much easier to say no to the junk.

10. If someone is looking to be happier in his or her life, where is the first place to begin creating change?

I think we’ve covered quite a bit here, but I’d say the best place to begin is with your mornings. The way we experience our mornings is the way we will experience life. So, focusing on those first couple hours of the day and making them positive and healthy will support you in feeling great for the rest of the day.

Also, just focusing on those first couple of hours seems so doable, right? I love the simplicity in this concept. For me, changing my mornings truly did change my life. And, it’s something anyone can do.

You can learn more about Operation Happiness and grab a copy on Amazon here.

FTC Disclosure: I receive complimentary books for reviews and interviews on, but I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. I am an Amazon affiliate, meaning I earn a percentage of all books purchased through the links I provide on this site. 

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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    Whenever I hear children playing in a schoolyard, I always smile. Brings back great memories for me also.

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    Lori, your journey is inspiring. Thank you SO much for changing my life, bit by bit, everyday 🙂
    P.s: I really hope to win a copy (would be a first for me!)

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    I work with a lot of people who have some pretty debilitating stuff going on in their lives. Whether it’s chronic pain, PTSD, or cancer and the side affects of the treatments, infusions and chemo they are undergoing. I am constantly looking for ways to help them achieve a more positive mindset and get to a place of simple happiness. It’s not easy! From the way it sounds, this is the first book (at least that I know of) that will teach us HOW to master change from the inside by replacing persistent negativity with positive thoughts as well as by creating new habits and mindset shifts. I’m eager to read Operation Happiness and hopefully pass it on to those I work with who can greatly benefit from a book like this.

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    I would love to win this.

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    Being able to give back makes me happy, doesn’t have to be money, volunteering at a homeless shelter makes me feel happy and gives me peace <3

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    happiness is definitely a skill

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    I love this and would love to read it. And one thing that makes me happy is when my 8yo son pretends to be British (why? don’t know) and asks if I’d like “a spot of tea.”

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    I love this part of the interview: “our happiness is always there for us, even under layers of darkness”. I’M IN!

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    This book should be required reading for anyone breathing.

  • LOL!!! Thank you Fred! I’d love that! 🙂

  • Tracie T

    That there is more than just “choosing” to be happy speaks volumes. If it were that simple of course we would all “choose” to be happy. It’s nice to hear of a book that can help me realize that learning to be happy can be achieved with practice, like learning to play an instrument. It signifies to me that a happier and more peaceful mind set can be accomplished.

  • Thanks so much Jeff! I truly appreciate your thoughts! That was definitely one of my goals with the book. I hope you find it helpful. 🙂 Thank you for doing what you do!

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    Count me in! I am always happiest when I have a fulfilling day which includes being a Mom – nothing beats being able to watch someone grow into an adult!

  • i would love to read this book! sounds amazing!

  • Sending love & support Kate! 🙂

  • Nancy, it was important to me to talk about this in the book. There is a whole chapter on loss and moving forward after dark times. Sending hugs your way! 🙂

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    Love the title! Can’t wait to read it!!

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    I love spending time with my family!

  • Ahhh this would be so LOVELY and helpful to win and read. Thank you for hosting and Happy New Year! Cheers! xx
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    Interested to see new ideas offered beyond typical happiness seeking advice!

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    This is great, count me in.

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    I would love to win this book :)! 1 thing that makes me happy is listening to music.

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    Count me in! One thing that always makes me happy is my cat snuggling against my back when I go to sleep at night ❤️

  • D L

    Hi! The fact that I saw this article today, when I needed hope and encouragement so desperately gives me hope for me in my life and strengthens my faith in a Loving Universe! Thank you Lori and Kristi! I would love a copy of this book!

  • MM

    for me there’s happiness to be found in a big hug, a genuine smile, warmhearted people..
    unexpected “presents”

  • janet

    What you focus on increases…

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    What a great way to start the new year =)

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    Please count me in – all the way down here in New Zealand

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    Count me in . Thank you so very much for this wonderful website

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    I need this book!

  • marleyposh

    walking at the beach always makes me happy

  • Janine Jones

    My beloved daughter has struggled with deep depression and suicide ideation for much of her 30 years. As you say, many people have frustratingly told her that happiness is a choice, without offering her real tools for change. Kristi’s book sounds as if it could give her some pointers to the valuable shift in perspective that could help her, so please count me in. Thank you.

  • wendie

    this book couldn’t come at a better time, for humanity, our country, and myself personally. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  • Heather

    I am absolutely in love with this interview, I have been through so many tough bouts and I continue to struggle sometimes, but the way we all come out of it in the end is what makes the difference. I choose happy, and I choose love and that above all else gets me through it all!!
    Thank you!!

  • cas123

    Sounds inspiring!

  • Beth Gallagher

    Wow! Again, this is so timely for me! After seeing my daughter through a 3 yr illness and trying to navigate the resulting depression & anxiety, I finally decided that I was lucky to wake up each morning. Seeing the smiles of my children, listening to owls call to each other at night and sitting with my cat basking in the afternoon sun all make me extremely happy!

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    Count me in!

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    This sounds wonderful! Switching off from media and spending time with my family always makes me happy 🙂

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    Count me in! Sounds like a great read.

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    “count me in” but wanted to share what makes me happy. My two cats, Jimmy and Boots, always are there for me when I need a cuddle. XD

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    Libraries and book stores always make me happy. There is a serenity in being surrounded by endless wisdom waiting to be discovered. Count me in 🙂

  • Michelle McKenzie Mackintosh

    “Aristotle said, “Happiness is a state of activity.” That is so true! I get a little irked when I hear the saying, “Happiness is a choice,” because I think it sends the wrong message to people who feel like they’re choosing happiness but it’s still not happening. It’s not a choice, it only begins with one—the rest involves taking action.”
    I adore this! I will definitely be reading this book. Kristi seems to be putting in to complete, concise sentences expressing what I have been thinking. 🙂

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    Sunsets and sunrises always make me happy!

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    This looks like a great book to give out as presents!

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  • Carolyn Sherar

    We all search for happiness-its nice to know that there a book to help us do that!

  • miraval

    I’ve chosen happiness and it’s transformed my life. Count me in!

  • Susan Stewart

    True happiness truly does come from within. It’s finding the people to add to it, and not try to take it away from you.

  • agnes

    Count me in please.. would love to read your book here in Indonesia!

  • Weils

    Count me in. I have been feeling lost about my work, where I’m heading, and the lack of meaningful friendships…hope I can pull myself together.

  • anup rao

    By default, everyone is internally happy always. It is called ‘always blissful’ and always full of knowledge. It is known as ‘sac chid ananda vigraha’. Read the Bhagavadgita to known more!

  • Jacqui

    Being unhappy is exhausting! Everyone deserves happiness!

  • Maria

    choose…, yes – but what..?
    I have to find out where to go in the middle of turmoil…

  • Stuart Dods

    I need this Book like yesterday Happiness is a constant struggle for me and after experiencing the loss of two loved ones one through death and one rejection Happiness feels like its on everest and im constantly reaching for it, This book sounds like it offers me the tools to grab it and make the difference Please ..please …please… 🙂 My Happiness will not be defeated

  • MKSP

    Thanks, Kristi! Here’s to grass-stains.

  • Kshitij Khanna

    Count me in!… Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you it can only come from you.

  • So inspiring interview, count me in 🙂

  • Anna

    Sounds like an awesome book everyone could use 🙂

  • Deborah Robertson

    Happiness is like a muscle and we can learn how to strengthen it. Thank you Lori for your wonderful blog. I am a long time follower and you have helped me during a few tough times and many great times. Best wishes for the coming year…health and happiness! Deborah

  • Tracy Hansen

    I just started reading The Book of Joy, so that tell’s you I’m searching, open to learning. I would love to add Operation Happiness to my library. I really like the idea of practicing happiness and getting better at it, rather than what we hear over and over… it’s a choice.

  • Peter Sas

    Great eye-opener. It still requires courage and energy, but it puts you in the right direction

  • Astrid

    I would love to win this book! I have no motivation for life and so far your work has been my daily therapy. If I don’t win at least I tried!

  • Astrid

    Also count me in!

  • Anna Kohls

    I’d love to read this book!

  • Anna Fields

    This couldn’t have come at a more opportune time in my life. Count me in for the book!

  • Silvia

    Happiness is so valuable! I would love to read this book 🙂 Om Shanti!

  • Bob Fratini

    Would like to learn more, especially choosing happiness in the face of chronic disease and uncertainty/unknowns.

  • Krista

    Learning to be happy is such a process–takes so much practice.

  • Patricia

    I don’t know if meditation makes me happy, but it does help me stop and regulate my thinking and my breathing. I find that I have flashes of insights when I meditate, too.


    Happiness is in the mind. You cannot chase it. The happy attitude must sink into your consciousness.

  • Jessica Reavill

    Count me in! I’ve begun to do some of the things you’re talking about and it’s already making a huge difference in my life. I’d love a copy of your book to continue my journey with.

  • dominika s

    count me in! ♥

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  • Erika Loftin

    Seeing my daughter’s face always makes me happy. When I look at her it reminds me of all the love and good in the world and makes my heart full of gratitude.

  • Rachel

    Count me in! This looks like a book that would be incredibly valuable to my library. 🙂

  • Sait M. Ilhaner

    Count me in, I feel very happy 🙂

  • Faza Kausara

    Count me in..

  • Reggie

    I think I found my next book

  • Jody Garrison

    Seeing a sunrise or sunset always makes me happy. 🙂

  • Sara

    Please count me in. Thank you.

  • Vanda

    I need this book, count me in!

  • Jean

    I have chickens and they make me smile. When I’m with them I often think, Zen and the Art of Chicken Coop. Silly I know

  • Luis Mata

    Count me in-Noodling on the guitar makes me happy

  • Kari Johnston

    Please count me in.

  • Amy

    I hope I win!!!

  • purab vendome

    Count me in. I am very interested in reading this book.

  • CJ

    Please count me in…

  • Sarah

    Wonderful interview, Lori! You asked all the right questions! I so appreciate this information. It is very affirming. Thank you. Love and light to you and yours, Sarah

  • Liv

    I’m definitely interested in learning more about this!

  • Judi Shanoskie

    I’ve been working on finding myself and letting go of a lot of anger and insecurities. It’s not easy. I find a great pick-me-up is singing with the radio in my car, all alone and at the top of my lungs. Whether it’s a spiritual song or rock & roll, it never fails to lift my spirits!!

  • Gavina G

    Please Count me In…… One thing that truly makes me happy is being genuinely nice to people and see them change instantly and feel great about themselves!

  • Cassie Cunningham

    My pets are what makes me the happiest!

  • Amalie

    Coun me in!

  • Lucy

    Count me in please 🙂

  • Jill P

    I’m interested to learn more about using social media as a tool to build our skills of happiness. I’m most happy when I turn it off which isn’t realistic for so may people now adays.

  • Melanie Miceli

    Count me in! I would love to learn this amazing skill and hopefully be able to teach my daughters as well!

  • Antrhony

    Count me in

  • Lucy Hannay

    Count me in <3 x

  • Hansa Makhijani

    You have to, have to work on happiness – it’s a project and a life choice. That being said, cute little cafes, time with my friends and family, and walks in the park with good music playing into my ears always makes me feel happy!

  • Johnathan Jones

    Happiness is portrayed as something which comes to us. But that is not truth. Nor is happiness in and of itself happiness. For me, happiness, is accepting all the wonders of life. The good and bad. The fun and stressful. The easy and hard. Experiencing fullness of life authentically and celebrating such, regardless of superficial self, is key.

  • Michele

    Always looking for new ways to stay positive and happy

  • spiralarchitect

    Count me in. Something that makes me happy is interacting with cats or dogs – they remind me to live in this present moment. They don’t care what happened yesterday, they (dogs in particular) just want to chase the ball.

  • dylancarlson

    Please count me in! Happy New Year!!

  • Gustavo Woltmann

    The key to a happier life is being just cool. There would always be bad things which will happen in your life but just be cool about them and deal with them with a smile. It would be better if you can learn from them. You decide what will make you happy and never ever depend your happiness to anyone.

  • Betty Shimsha

    We all need a life full of happiness.

  • Mary So

    Thank you so much for opening up and sharing. It’s so hard for us to be truly honest with ourselves and others like this. Something that always makes me happy is turning to others for support. Whether they know what I’m going through or not, it’s always good to let people in, even when that seems impossible. Count me in 🙂

  • Keisi Xharo

    Count me in. We have so much to be happy for. Looking forward to reading your book!

  • Lisa Ski

    I am currently on this journey and would love to read this book.

  • Justine Smith

    As a person suffering from PTSD, survived childhood abuse, domestic violence and rape as well as being paranoid schizophrenic and anxiety disorder trying to find peace in a chaotic and angry world is difficult at times. Happiness is something I crave on a daily basis yet find it hard to obtain. The book sounds insightful and uplifting and hopeful.

  • Britt

    I would like to join the give-away!

  • Denise H

    Count me in! Two things that make me happy and either petting a dog (any dog) and the second I step into the Atlantic ocean (anywhere between Va Beach to the Florida Keys). Thanks!

  • dyslexictrio

    I need this. Count me in.

  • Adriana Albarracin

    count me in! (:

  • count me in 🙂

  • Même 絵美

    So good to read. I went through a major surgery lately, and I am still having a hard time dealing with mysterious symptoms, but on my (extended) sick leave I have resolved to work to be/stay happy, instead of worried, until I get my test results – and then if something is wrong, my state of mind will be stronger in order to deal with the consequences.

    Definitely, gratefulness (I’m tweeting my daily #grateful every night before sleep), meditation and mornings (that include meditation, lying in bed long enough, petting the cat, making tea for myself) have been helpful. I’d like to read the book for more insights!

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  • Jenna O

    Count me please 🙂

  • Lazaro Pavon

    Count me in!

  • Sheila Bergquist

    Count me in! I need to learn how to do this and I love her approach that “Happiness is a state of activity” rather than a choice. I have always felt that I just wasn’t doing enough to “choose” happiness.

  • Mandy Sched-Carter

    count me in please

  • Jennifer Hall

    A great book to start out the year. Count me in!

  • Jennifer Hall
  • Rachel Winters

    I love your content. Count me in on the contest. Would love to win this book.

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  • Marie Josee LeBlanc

    What makes me happy right now is to rediscover who I am while transitioning from being a wife to a single mother and one simple thing that I really enjoy is listening to upbeat music

  • Ash Dergan

    Being in the present! Start assuming the best in all things! Compassion on many levels…

  • Karla Moreno

    This is so great! Sounds interesting, would love to try these practices daily.

  • jenny

    Definitely need to read this

  • Wayne

    Changing my morning has definitely helped me to deal with the stress of my job. The Book sounds very interesting and informative. Best

  • deepa

    Looking at tiny new shoots on a plant never fails to make me pause if I am unhappy … reminds me that there will be new happy beginnings, and that the world will go on no matter what

  • Bob Fratini

    Sounds interesting – will definitely check out her TEDx talk.

  • Martha Lafaurie

    Love tiny buda and all its articles!! Specially this one. ❤

  • Davina

    Count me in, and thanks for offering such a great giveaway. I know many people who this book would really help (not just myself), and I’d definitely love to share it with them. It’s simple things in life that make me most happy – not money, buying new clothes or a new car – but instead little things like my cat coming to lay with me when I feel down, it’s almost like he senses I’m not happy and is trying to say ‘I’m here for you’. 🙂