Tiny Buddha Book Holiday Giveaway, Week 3

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

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!
You can enter each giveaway once at any point during December, 2012. (You can find the first and second 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

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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  • Dochy

    Today is Dec 21st, supposed doomsday… My maid’s daughter, an innocent, sweet, simple girl, who adores me and holds me in high regard, came running to me this morning, held my hand tight and whispered, “Sister, is the world gonna end today? Please do something to stop it!”
    I broke into a huge grin!!! Her simple attitude and love and trust in me made my day! What made you smile today? 🙂

  • Cathy

    My dog cuddling up with me after the morning alarm making it so I didn’t want to crawl out of bed for work.

  • friend forever

    I didn’t even realize that today was ‘the’ 21st of December till my friend mentioned it; the day seemed to be going soooo normally and in a routine way. It’s afternoon now and the world is still intact! It’s not gonna end….. v all knew that!

  • tinabuggy

    I would love to win this book and share with the people in my life

  • Deb

    I’m watching my parents dog Gracie the next two weeks. Our own dog prefers my husband over me – so I was excited this morning when Gracie ran to me and couldn’t wait for me to hold and pet her! I love my own dog but will take pleasure in caring for my little buddy Gracie while she is with us!

  • Tabatha

    I smiled today for waking up with my dogs and husband, cozy in my bed 🙂

  • Vee

    The sun is out today after 3 gloomy days and that made me really happy, especially since I’m going through the flu and a sinus infection at the same time. I’m so grateful to my husband and kids who are taking care of me right now. Thanks for all the inspirational blog posts.

  • Sarah Q

    My kitty. She’s just so cute and I love spending moments petting her before work everyday 🙂

  • Saumya

    I had to go back to my college where I did my undergraduate studies, for some paperwork. It has been nearly 8 years since I graduated. I have followed some of the dreams that I had then, lost some and dreamed more. But, what really struck me about the place is how much I loved it…. As I moved through long forgotten corridors almost seeing me and my friends there, bumped into office staff who didn’t remember my name but were happy to see a familiar face, classrooms where I spent time staring out of the window and so many of my favorite trees, I was amazed and happy to have lived through this experience. When, I walked through this place that defined my existence at some point in time,it didn’t matter how things turned out. I’m just glad they happened….

  • TF

    I’m smiling today because it is the end of the world day, and all is well…

  • Kakai07

    The chance to get this book for free just makes me smile today

  • Ms. Cat

    Lori – thank you for your wisdom – I appreciate your daily blog and recently purchased your book for my brother. He really needs your help!! Happy Holidays.

  • Samantha

    Waking up to pictures of my adorable niece!

  • Dan in Wyoming

    Struggled this morning to get it together, came in to work and just took an interest in others. Listened to stories about their surgeries, their children, their lives. And for just long enough, I forgot about me. I joined the river of life instead of watching it from the banks. Found myself content!!!

  • Martha

    Paying off Kmart layaways for families who were at risk of being canceled

  • VrgniaSlim

    Smiles ear to ear, knowing I’ve sent my Sweetie several text messages today that will make HIM smile.

  • Zan

    I went to my parents home (91 & 87)and had a cup of coffee with them. Also smiled hearing that my hubby is feeling better from his recent surgery more everyday!
    I am grinning from ear to ear!

  • Kathryn V.

    “Be grateful. Then be grateful some more.” 🙂

  • Kat

    The joy (and stress) of getting a dog for the first time. We just adopted a 1 1/2 yr old lab and though I am apprehensive (first time dog owner…) I am hopeful and excited to watch our relationship grow 🙂

  • Amber

    Having found my life partner at 48 years (young!) after decades of an unhappy marriage, I am grateful and smile for each perfect day.

  • Amber

    That is so cool!

  • kimg

    Always being greatful for what I have and trying to help others makes me smile. I’m so Lucky to have a great job and try to pay it forward.

  • Very creative and fun!

  • Martha’s post about paying off WalMart layaways helped me smile with joy! What an interesting thing to do.
    Also, thank you for all you do at Tiny Buddha! I enjoy getting the emails.

  • Jeff

    Having the sun shine again today.

  • Guest

    Yesterday I was at the VA clinic for routine care, and got snotty with the first person I encountered, and then the second. I smiled when leaving the clinic as I had gone back to apologize to person two and not person one. My mind goes on defense easily and often “wins” when it interferes with acts of Compassion and the Golden Rule. The ability to smile lets me know I’m paying attention, at least part of the time.

  • Brittany

    Today my son came up to me (knowing we are going to his grame’s for Christmas tonight) he had all his toys, pillow and blanket stuffed into his backpack and told me “ok mommy, I’m ready lets go!” I explained to him that mommy had to finish working(I work from home) and then we would go. He went and got his Leapster laptop and opened it turned it on and said “okay mommy I help you finish work then we leave!” He is so willing and eager to help it warms my heart and puts a HUGE smile on my face!

  • Ashley

    My paycheck was higher than usual. I checked with HR to make sure it wasn’t a mistake and found out that I had gotten a raise!

  • ck

    my daughter, who has been having trouble with anxiety to the point she missed most of her high school classes, went to school today to take a test. it makes me happy to see her do something a normal teen would be doing.

  • My friend’s birthday is today, and I secretly bought him baklava (his favorite dessert). I can’t wait to give it to him! 🙂

  • Mary

    My four year old son is very into making “books” which consist of pieces of paper stapled together like a book. He then writes half legible words on them and draws pictures on each page. This morning he drew a picture of a “statue” on a page in one of his “books.” He then turned to me with a goofy grin on his face and said, “see my face…this is the face my statue is making. Can’t you see that?.” I don’t know why put he cracked me up and we just laughed together about it. I have laughed several times today about it.

  • Taty

    well, i just got up this morning. but my boyfriend rolled over to give me a kiss, and proceeded to snuggle into my pillow and keep snoozin’. that made me smile, for sure. 🙂

  • Scout76

    Today the sun is shining and I am feeling lighter and brighter after donating a bunch of food to the local shelters:)

  • k.

    watching 5 teenage girls in a secure residential facility paint butterflies, hearts, and flowers, cooperating, encouraging each other, and being kind to one another while christmas music played in the background ….

  • Silvia

    my smile today was the gift of reconnecting with an old friend. It’s not that we had lost touch or weren’t communicating; it’s that we weren’t “connecting.” There was tension between us since a vacation we shared a few years ago that was marred by bickering — but today we both realized that in each other we not only shared great friendship but also terrific traveling companions. All that was needed was a little compromise — me because I can’t get enough museums & cultural offerings when i travel and her because she can’t get enough of the best restaurants. We ended up talking about a trip to Turkey in the spring. Smiles all around!

  • my smile was hearing my mother wake up to see another day

  • Joan Rivers who said that b/c she is Jewish they can open their Christmas presents anytime, made me smile today.

  • Ann

    Patients at my office bringing me homemade Christmas gifts. How sweet it is to be thought of like that =D

  • Today I received a letter from a friend that was so sweet it made me cry!

  • I smiled when someone I love surprised me and came to take me to lunch. It reminds me that even on days when I complain about having to do the “have-to’s”, you never know what the day can bring, and it can be beautiful!

  • I told a joke that made a friend who was feeling down laugh.

  • Louise

    Today I left my housemates of 3 years and let go of my ex (unconnected except by the coincidence of happening on the same day). What made me smile was my acceptance of these things and that I felt good that it was me looking forward and not back and I felt like I’d come a long way in letting go.

  • Seeing the sun shine and snow fall from the sky at the same time made me smile.

  • My friend gave me a gift today – a fridge magnet. Oh, what a gift – gave me the hugest belly laugh 🙂

  • Matt Lubich

    My first smile of the day came when my oldest daughter, now a freshman 10 hours away at school in Montana, walked into my office. Home for the holidays.

  • What made me smile today is my 3 year old son. We’ve had a hard year. But, i am so grateful for him being happy and excited for Christmas and this Christmas will be his best so far..

  • I really enjoy the posts on FB, so I’ll definitely have to put the book on my Christmas list.

  • Chris Baranski

    Today there was a tin of cookies leaning against our garage door it was from a neighbor who we helped. She wrote in the attached card: “You are “the amazing kind of people who always give that uncalled for, illogical act of kindness.”

  • Holly

    My good friend got engaged 🙂

  • My smile today was from finishing the gifts for my little niece whom I haven’t seen in a year and a half. I can’t wait to see her open them on Monday! 🙂

  • My cat sleeping all curled up in a soft blanket made me smile today. Oh to be so oblivious to the world!

  • kim

    smiling, and why not. thankful for the moments spent with my family, making cookies with my son, wishing my friend a happy birthday, watching my dogs play in the cool air,& staying present to enjoy my now 🙂

  • What made me smile today is everyone’ presence – everyone seemed engaged in each other rather than their phones!

  • Katie

    Today I spent time with my grandparents 🙂

  • ObservetheToast

    My smile:

    I lived in our hometown for 18 years and in all that time I didn’t ever feel like a really got to KNOW our town. I’ve been in college for a year and I’m back home for Christmas break I made some research and I have found there are tons of indie coffee places, vintage stores, street markets, art expos in random places I had not heard of before. SO many things of stuff I’m into now and I can’t wait to go visit these places. I was dreading having to stay here for the summer of 2013, but now I’m looking forward to it. I’m going to know every little bit of this town once that summer is over. I will drive from end to end and visit every part of it. It surprises me that I’m actually thinking “I can’t wait for the summer to come” in my mind. I’m finally going to be home.

  • After running after my daughter in bare feet through the snow to give her the gift we wrapped for her teacher as she was about to hop on the bus, I couldn’t help but smile. The crazy things we do for the beautiful little souls in our life. I am BLESSED despite many challenges my small children and I have overcome over the last few years. Truly blessed.

  • the christmas spirit at school!

  • Szakatak

    Last day of work in 2012 made me smile :))))

  • Nicole

    Lots of smiles today at a Christmas staff lunch with my co-workers.

  • Kopana

    the cutest dog I’ve ever seen at the local humane society

  • Jennifer

    My dog looking at me with loving eyes and wagging his tail the moment I woke up and got out of bed. 🙂

  • Oh, thank you, Tiny Buddha—a real life printed book that I can hold, hug, and keep its wisdom near and dear to my heart. Smiles!

  • Lynn Wilson

    Finishing making gifts for neighbours: Christmas coffee and tea mixes, fudge and chocolate bark……..and looking forward to delivering them and catching up with their news later today.

  • My daughter. She’s 11 and has the best one-liners! Love her.

  • Annie

    Waking up from a nap to find my 7 month old catkiddo, Zen sleeping next to me on her pillow.

  • Debra

    The beautiful clouds in the sky really made me smile today. I noticed them and got off of a busy street and chose a more peaceful scenic route through a neighborhood. I got out of my car and began walking in the crisp afternoon breeze. It was wonderful to remember how good it feels to be Present in Nature.

  • DitteRose

    A lady had to wait for a parking space for her bicycle while I packed my bags and removed mine. I tried to hurry up but I had lots of stuff to pack and then my lock wouldnt work because of the weather. For a moment I feared that she would get cross with me but instead she found a lock oil spray in her bag, offered me some, then some more, chatted to me and reminded me to put on my gloves before I drove. So lovely.

  • My puppy knowing I needed a snuggle. 🙂

  • AkDtm

    It might be – 25 outside but that warm sun on my face,can’t help but smile back !(thank goodness for windows)

  • Zelia Gaspar

    Walking my dog, who was rescued from a dog shelter in South Korea, as light snowflakes gently fell around us. 🙂

  • Carla Teixeira

    Quem foi realmente Budddha? Gostáva de conhecer mais sobre Buddha.

  • Something that made me smile today: Being home with the love of my life on a snowy day. Having a late brunch in our jammies. Going back to our warm, soft bed with new flannel sheets and new furry blanket for snuggling and a nap. Now we’re watching Christmas movies and were still in our jammies! Awesome 😀

  • Christina Domingo

    Hearing my daughter yell out “look momma its christmas” everytime we pass a house with christmas lights

  • People trying to convince me that the World was going to end today!

  • Dorje

    I got a little thank you message from a sister I reached out to after difficult times.

  • JulieS

    my sister shared some AutoCorrect fails that got me laughing first thing this morning.

  • Daniele

    My neighbor calling me. We look out for each other.

  • Amy Sullivan

    we’re in NYC for a mini vacation and watching my husband smile big as we visited Nintendo Store

  • Logan

    My friend surprised me with 2 CDs and a Journey record. Smiling big

  • Seeing signs that I am slowly realizing my purpose.

  • karen

    Watching my 5 month old daughter laugh as the dog licks her face makes me smile everytime!

  • Karla

    Your daily doses of soul medicine help this woman, artist, and mommy focus on what’s important in life, thank you.

  • Karla

    My baby girl’s dinosaur growl made me laugh so much today!

  • Em Hunter

    Today I finally got to relax watching a movie and sleeping in. Taking a break from daily life is making me feel alive again and that makes me smile.

  • ZenInTrainingShoes

    What does it take to be happy?
    Why are relationships hard?
    Relationships are hard, because there are expectations. Happiness is found by releasing those expectations.

    (and thank you for all you do. you brighten my day more than you can imagine, and when I share your posts, I’m amazed at who’s day I’ve now been able to brighten)

  • Paula J.

    Our daughter coming up with funny names for her sock-matching methods

  • snwsrfgrl

    I love Tiny Buddha!

  • Carlene

    One thing that made me smile today — seeing my son’s smiling face as he came out of school at the end of the day.

  • M

    I smiled today watching my 17 year old son leap about the house like he did when he was very little.

  • Ktkoi

    I smiled when my 4yo came up and gave me a huge hug! Makes me smile every day. And appreciate what I have 🙂

  • Mrsjkizer

    Hello 🙂

  • Jen

    I smiled watching a little girl get a holiday pedicure done with her mom!

  • Rui

    I smiled when my 10month daughter started “playing drums” with a stick. I’m learning a lot watching her experience life with a fresh attitude.

  • Alishia

    A friend who made me laugh when I was sad.

  • John O, Roy

    Seeing my 13 year old daughter’s shit a** grin. she has a way of lighting up a room and making you forget all of your troubles.

  • I joined a Mastermind group, which made me smile.

  • jackie

    I love you Tinybuddha! Coming home from a long day at work to find my fat cat loving life trying to fit himself into a tiny gift box

  • Andrea

    something that made me smile today was seeing snow flurries as I walked outside.

  • Victoria

    I need all the wisdom, peace and serenity I can get my hands on = I need and would love a tiny buddha book big time

  • My mum finally proven herself that she has the capability to be self-sufficient when life force her into that situation. At her own will, she educated herself how to change car battery from internet and she learn to use the tools to change her car battery! It made me smile because it is funny how life bring lessons into our lives.

  • Natasha

    I smiled today when I woke up, took a big stretch and had a moment to appreciate how lucky I am to be alive, healthy and happy 🙂

  • Jeff

    I have really enjoyed all the quotes that tiny Buddha has posted! Keep up the outstanding work!

  • Connie

    I smiled today when it was confirmed that today was truly a new beginning, not the end!

  • Jill K.

    Looking at my tiny growing baby’s second ultrasound picture made me smile today. A future Buddha baby?

  • kristine

    My little boys make me smile everyday.

  • Suresh Prabhakar

    The thought that you are filling human lives with smiles give me a reason to smile.


  • Drishna

    Realizing that I am making progress and learning to fully live in the present moment 🙂

  • Beck

    When my husband gave me a hug and told me he loves me, I feel like the luckiest person it the world 🙂

  • Jenna

    Seeing people frantically rush around buying Christmas presents and knowing that I don’t want or need any presents because I have a loving husband and three beautiful grown children who are the most precious gifts of all.

  • My children, my cats, my friends and my job (teacher): all make me smile each and every day. I am truly blessed and am so grateful.

  • hoyhoyjudoy

    My highschool classmate passed away but the funeral managed to gather our class together once again.

  • pranaom

    An image post on Facebook about the end of the world 😉

  • sharing cookies with a neighbor.

  • Toni’s post, “The People We Need to Forgive Can be Our Greatest Teachers” put an enormous smile on my face this morning. She is young and so wise. I smiled as I thought of all the more she’ll have to share with us in the future!

  • Melanie C

    today, my dog made me smile. her sweet innocence, eagerness to please, and the lack of things it takes to make her completely content inspires me. animals can be great examples of life and how simply it really can be, while bringing so much happiness.

  • spiralblue

    The remembrance of my friend’s daughter jumping into my arms from the top of the staircase, screaming, “I love you!” when she was 3 years old. Even though she’s now 13 and not quite jumping into my arms any more, she is still a sweet, sweet part of my life!

  • My very senior kitty is not feeling good today but he came and snuggled up to me which he doesn’t normally do. I know we make each other feel better.

  • I smiled today as I watched 2006 Torino Olympic highlights by Bud Greenspan. The documentary is full of motivational highlights and quotes from athletes and those that came before them. This documentary is a time to remember the beauty of finding your passion and the power of dedication and belief in that passion. It’s a time to remember that the world is your oyster & the relationship between your mind and your body is the most powerful. These athletes find a balance in that relationship, they find peace.

  • Aaron

    Today I smiled as I watched a total stranger take several singles from his wallet and palace them in his pocket. This stranger got off the same stop I did and he took the bills out and gave them to a homeless man he addressed by name. He told him see you tomorrow.

  • When I saw this post, I smiled, because I have yet another chance at this giveaway! I fondly remembered the previous times I entered. Maybe the time is now. Happy holidays!

  • I remember entering this last year. That made me smile. Thrilled at another chance to enter this giveaway. Thank you.

  • SueB

    I survived the apocalypse! That, and having dinner with friends we have known for over 10 years. When I was young we moved almost every year, and I never had a chance to keep friends for any length of time. Now it’s wonderful just thinking of all the things we have shared together over the years.

  • Lois

    I’ve had a smile while reading all the comments about what makes other people smile. What a nice exercise! Thanks.

  • Shea

    well it’s 4:00am, a smile, waking up to my dog stretching like she’s doing yoga and my morning coffee and the quiet stillness of the morning.

  • Woke up to a gray winter day, and then forced myself out of the see the pink dawn beyond the trees.

  • Renee

    My new kitten woke my up by trying to bite my toes through the covers…so cute and playful, even at 3am!

  • James Tan

    My longtime friend coming back from another country

  • Rich

    Relations with my 15 year old daughter are rough sometimes….as its painful for her to have her parents around……however, we have many moments, from a distance she loves to make faces at me…this makes her happy, it makes me happy, we both laugh and smile at each other from a distance….:)

  • Beatrice

    I just love the joy of anticipation of spending Christmas with my son and ex-in-laws while my boyfriend is with his ex-family in Los Angeles. This just goes to prove that relationships don’t end, they just evolve into different kind of relationships.

  • Phil Bennett

    All of my friends come back in to town for the holidays, the one time of the year I get to see so many friends that moved away, at the same time.

  • Lakshmi

    my grown up children playing with children’s fake snow..

  • Karan

    my cat snuggling up on my lap whilst I was reading this article

  • DeLynne

    Seeing a sock monkey ornament and the giggle it gave me because it’s attached to a fun memory in my mind.

  • Angela

    A silly photo on Facebook. Every time I looked it I smiled. Also reading a previous post on Tiny Buddha. If I have more today I’m coming back to post them just for fun.

  • ZenPanda

    Knowing that today I will spend time with my children & grandchildren made me smile. I also spent last night with my sisters.

  • Joe Hall

    My four year old daughter’s ever growing sense of humor and wit. I believe that she has an old soul–she’s not your typical 4 year old. All hype aside, this little girl has a way of making people laugh, and cutting through the crap, that many adults lack.

  • Kerry

    I’m feeling sick and my mom went out to get my some delicious pastries to cheer me up.

  • Waking up this year in a new place with my children knowing that we are safe and we can call it our own♥

  • The pink and purple colors in the sky as the sun set tonight at my Dad’s place across the country

  • Tamara

    My family agreed to wear name tags with their elf names on them as we celebrated the day together. I love that they can be fun and goofy.

  • Lovebug

    How my older daughter went out of her way to make today extra special for her little brother. We could not give many presents so she showered him with love and attention. True meaning of Christmas. I continue to learn so much from my children. : )

  • Amy Kate

    Laughing when my puppy jumped in after me into the pool – she thought I was in trouble. Bless her little heart 🙂

  • Nana

    I was happy that my 6y/o son is so bright, happy and wise even I have a hardest time with his father..

  • Lydia

    A friend I haven’t talked to in a long time made an hour to have a nice discussion. It is very nice and refreshing to reconnect.

  • I wish I could buy this book, but I can’t afford it! Thank you for giving a few copies away. It will definitely impact someone’s life. I love your site and newsletters!

  • prairigrl

    The opportunity to win this book! 🙂

  • Ginca

    One of my nephews is a father – to a beautiful 11-month old daughter. Being part of the baby’s first Christmas celebration with my nephew and his wife lit up the room – and the holiday!

  • Lauren Saggio

    my brother played smooth christmas jazz in the car as we got in for grandma’s today

  • Acec

    The sun shining on my drawings

  • erica

    This contest made me smile!

  • Lorena Dinger

    I asked someone about a song I heard her play that I really loved, and apparently she co-wrote the song. My question led to a lovely conversation, plus she sent me an MP3 of the song.

  • Krystallina Paramithi

    Having my 1 yo baby making me smell his socks and pretend they smell badly.Hilarious.

  • sjcesq

    A really good friend dancing and acting goofy.

  • Laura

    Today’s smile: super hugs from my kiddo

  • Sunshine

    Hearing from an old friend. 🙂

  • Dina

    What made me smile today is the “some-how, some-way” when I am feeling more emotional or sensitive to my feelings…Tiny Buddha seems to have just the right post that speaks to what I am feeling. Glad to be apart of this community.