March 24, 2012

The Happiness Blog Tour and Giveaway

Welcome to the Happiness Blog Tour!    Our guest today is Bryan Cohen, and he has some wonderful goodies to make you happy!
First is a post is by Bryan then ways to win wonderful prizes (hint: leave a comment)  ...  read on .....


Bryan Cohen here, guest poster and author, promoting my new book Post-College-Guide-Happiness for The Happiness Blog Tour. I'm giving away free digital review copies of the book and doing a giveaway for paperback copies, audio copies and even a Kindle Fire! Read on and check out the info below the post.

"The happiest people don't worry too much about whether life is fair or not, they just get on with it."
- Andrew Matthews

Cheese and Whine

Oh, how we like to whine! I used to love to whine to anyone and everyone who would listen to me. In high school, it was frequently about women. In college, it was about acting (and women). When I left school, it was about money (and...you get the point). Whining was like a national past time for me. I was able to commiserate with a ton of other people with similar qualms, because it wasn't hard at all to find someone else who wanted to whine about the same stuff.

Did any of this whining do me and my other whining buddies any good? No. It did no good at all.

Sure, there's this belief that whining helps you to "let it out" but in actuality you're trapping all those feelings of lack and unhappiness back in by continuing to talk about it. Let me ask you this. Do you think that the happiness and most successful people in the world whine a lot? No, they don't whine. You might counter this by saying that they have perfect stuff and perfect lives so they don't need to whine. Which came first? The perfect life or turning off the "whine faucet"?

One of the reasons these select few people are happier is because they decided to stop whining a long time ago. They left complaining if something was fair or not on the playground and like Matthews says, "They just get on with it."

If you want to be happier and healthier, make every effort to cut whining and complaining out of your life. Even about the little things! At first, try to replace your complaints with, "At least..." phrases.

"Even if we're not on time, at least we're here."
"Even though the food isn't perfect, at least we have food to eat."
"Even though she stayed out late, at least she's safe."

At least is a great bridge to gratitude. Replacing whining and complaining with gratitude as often as you can is a surefire way to improve your happiness levels. It will be difficult at first to replace whining in your life because you might be really used to it and a ton of people around you might try to goad you into whining. Don't let yourself slip up. Imagine you're on a staircase to happiness. Every time you whine you take a step down. Every time you express gratitude you take a step up.

Trust me when I say that walking up that staircase and passing by all those people eating cheese and drinking whine, can lead to a much better existence.
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Bryan Cohen is giving away 61 paperback and audio copies of The Post-College Guide to Happiness and a Kindle Fire between now and May 7th, 2012 on The Happiness Blog Tour. All entrants receive a free digital review copy of The Post-College Guide to Happiness. Bryan hopes to give away at least 1,000 copies during the blog tour. To enter, post a comment with your e-mail address or send an e-mail to postcollegehappiness (at) gmail.com. Bryan will draw the names at the end of the tour. Entries will be counted through Sunday, May 6th.

Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor and comedian from Dresher, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art and a minor in Creative Writing. He has written nine books including
1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More,  
500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade,
Writer on the Side: How to Write Your Book Around Your 9 to 5 Job and his new book,
1,000 Character Writing Prompts: Villains, Heroes and Hams for Scripts, Stories and More.

His website Build Creative Writing Ideas helps over 25,000 visitors a month to push past writer's block and stay motivated.

Feel free to follow along with the tour at  The Happiness Blog Tour Hub Page or on the book's Facebook Page.

1 comment:

bryandavidcohen said...

Thanks Betty for letting me be a part of your blog!