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Bright Side Up: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now Paperback – February 7, 2012
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"Spread sunshine with 100 get-happy tips in Amy Spencer's Bright Side Up."
"Want to become more optimistic? Place this engaging new book on your reading list."
"Spencer provides plenty of stories from her own life--some hilarious, others heart wrenching--that illustrate how this advice has helped her through her harder moments, and her warm, engaging tone will make you feel like you've got a new best friend in your corner."
-Judy Dutton, author of Science Fair Season, on PsychologyToday.com blog
"Everyone has days that don't go so well. You might not need 100 ways to cope with those days, but everyone will find something that resonates in this engaging and clever collection to light a way back to a better day and perhaps a better self."
-Suzanne C. Segerstrom, Ph.D., author of Breaking Murphy's Law
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Amy is the author of BRIGHT SIDE UP: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now (Perigee, 2012) and MEETING YOUR HALF-ORANGE: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match (Running Press, 2010). Read more about the books at brightsideup.com and meetingyourhalforange.com.
Amy provides doses of life and love positivity on her site TheLifeOptimist.com, offers "Assignment Optimism" tips on Twitter (twitter.com/@datingoptimist) and creates the happiest email you'll get all week, VITAMIN OPTIMISM, which offers an small optimism practice you can try each week--you can sign up for it on Amy's website, AmySpencer.com.
Amy's a magazine journalist who has written for Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, New York magazine, CNN.com, Redbook, Health and others. Prior to writing full-time, she was an editor at MAXIM, GLAMOUR and STAR magazines. She was a radio host on Sirius XM radio and has appeared on NBC, CBS, VH1 and the E! channel and more. She created Half-Orange Optimisms for the iPhone, which appeared in the "Featured Apps" section of the App store, made the App store's "What's Hot" list and was featured in New York's The Daily News. And when she's not writing, Amy loves biking, taking photographs, watching television cooking shows and she absolutely lives for popcorn.
Top Customer Reviews
Amy Spencer with her incredible wit, charm, saavy and the information/data to back it all up creates a most enlightning book on a different way to "spin" your life when it's not going as you want it to. She offers the advice in a non-threatening and an almost, "I wanna try that" mode so that, as a reader, I was hooked.
I love Amy's style of bolding text she wants you to remember....that makes it easier to pick out the theme of the entry for the day, the week, however you choose to read her book, especially when you go back to re-read it or save it for another day.
Having learned from others, Neale Donald Walsch, Arielle Ford, Debbie Ford and Sarah Ban Breathnach about enjoying and living in the moment, I'd rank Amy Spencer right up there with those wonderful authors who do really help us to see "The Bright Side Up."
Thank YOU, Amy, for sharing your wisdom and insight with me. What's your next project?? :=)
Amy Spencer is no Pollyanna Whittier (the original Pollyanna). Despite the sunny title, she doesn't claim all is good. What she is saying is we can frame events so that we don't get weighed down by the negative. If anyone thinks that's naive instead of smart living, consider the opposite: focusing on the negative, even in good situations. We all know people who do that-and they tend to be a drag to be around, making their increasingly friendless life more unhappy.
What I like about Bright Side Up is even though it's follows the format of many inspirational books [lists of 100 reminders!], this one is backed by a research and a deep pragmatism. Amy Spencer isn't just saying, "Smile, be happy." She's giving us valuable reframing tools. And these can be applied to many circumstances. While this is a book you can easily read quickly, I plan to dip into it over time, enjoying sips of reframing, whenever I need to see the brighter side.
I've also found the following books to be really inspiring: I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved: The Curiously Inspiring Adventures of a Free Spirit Who Changed Lives and The Seven Storey Mountain.
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Amy's book is a wonderful road map to a happier, healthier life.
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I love the authors straight to the point, honest but interesting writing style. She has a wonderful way of inspiring through her own life stories which are light hearted and fun... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Camilla Dallerup
Great little inspiration book. Everyone needs a positive attitude book. Given the book as a gift and my friends love it.Published on December 27, 2013 by born crafty
Books arrived on time and in great condition. This book is easy to read and offers great tips on changing your mindset.Published on November 11, 2013 by sixftgal
I read this book in snippets when I have a few minutes time. It is uplifting and enjoyable and the author has a wonderful outlook on life!Published on October 20, 2013 by Gardendea
I really like how she wrote this book and gives such good examples. Really helps to put things in perspectivePublished on September 16, 2013 by Greener
Bright Side Up - 100 Ways to be Happier Now is jam packed full of happiness! It doesn't take much to be happy and after reading this most uplifting book, you will find within... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Theresa A. Delaney
I haven't gotten to read it yet but my friend is really enjoying it. She said she want her husband to read it when he is depressedPublished on February 15, 2013 by Angela Hutchison