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Bright Side Up: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2012
Having read most of the books in the Happiness genre, I can honestly say that Bright Side Up is my new favorite! Amy Spencer is a wonderful writer who conveys very doable ways for us to be happier every day. Her real life examples and sincere communication style make the suggestions she offers extremely doable! I loved this book and am excited to send copies to friends and clients who I know will benefit from Amy's wisdom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 12, 2014
I have read quite a few books on happiness and positive psychology and I would say by far this has been my favorite book and the most helpful advice I have read. It is a surprisingly short book and at 229 pages is easily read in essays of a couple pages for each topic. Amy writes it straight from the heart, and is very open with her own issues, miscarriages, panic attacks, uncertainty and doubting her abilities and choices and I think that makes her someone you feel that you can relate to. Some of the segments are simple things that you can do to switch your perspective or think differently. They are not difficult concepts or things that really take much effort if you think about it. It is about being mindful and happy with what you have even during difficult circumstances. I like the idea of letting someday be now.....today is yesterday's someday.....I am currently dealing with a parent with terminal cancer and it saddens me to think of the times that she blew off doing something fun or memory making for something that she felt she had to do. Or saving the beautiful glasses for a special occasion. This has taught me "LIFE" is a special occasion. If you break the one special glass then revel in the wonderful times that you used it, and be happy you blew off the housework to walk on the beach and lunch with your husband or friend. It is time well spent. That is what memories are made of. I like the theme of being mindful in the book. Nothing difficult, nothing mysterious, preachy, religious etc. Just good practical advice. I laughed as my husband and I missed our exit today to take a walk by the shore and ended up taking a tol lbridge out of our way 7 miles. Did I want to turn around? Hell no, let's take this as a karmic plan to go walk on the beach another half hour out of our way and then hit home. Was I regretting the decision? Absolutely not, the day was perfect, with fog rolling in as we walked holding hands and enjoying the slight chill and the sound of the waves. Sometimes you just need to enjoy your detours in life.

An absolute MUST READ and a great volume to have next to your bed. Humorous, heartfelt, practical.....This is an amazing book that I have already recommended to others and will continue to do so. This one rates all 5 stars for me~
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
Amy Spencer had me hooked in her first book, "Meeting Your Half-Orange." I am a weekly fan of her Vitamin Optimism Blog/Newsletter and I was THRILLED when she announced a new book project. So, I did what any bookworm would do, I pre-purchased it on Amazon.com!! (Nope not into the Kindle yet...I love my books...mmmmmmm to smell that new book...just brightens up my day, almost as much as a tub of popcorn in the movie theatre.)

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?? :=)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
Bright Side Up by Amy Spencer is a very uplifting and positive book for anyone having a rough time due to personal issues or the downturn in the economy or for any other reason. It's filled with excellent suggestions to help you get through the rough times and is well worth the cost of $10. You'll come away with a plethora of ways to help you think positively and actlike tomorrow will be better than today. But it and see for yourself!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
Amy Spencer is such an inspirational writer. She instills happiness with every word. I was just going through a bad break up and her relationship chapter picked me up, literally, and made me see my situation in a different light. A must have for anyone wanting to see life brighter. Feeling happy about being in the DMV line? YES! It's possible! Pick up your copy today and find out how!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2012
Anyone who is paying attention even a little bit knows that life can be hard, sometimes very hard. In fact, when we pay attention a bit more, we notice that even the things that make us happy tend to either drive us nuts or, at the very least, are often problematic. For example, does anyone have a fully satisfying sex or love life? Even though love and sex can be a source of much pleasure and happiness, many of us spend a good portion of our time thinking about the ways it isn't ideal.

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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
Sometimes you just need to take a step to the side and look at a situation from a different angle to get a different experience. Which is essential if you're not happy with that situation! Amy gives you guidance in doing just that for all kinds of experiences: failures, fears, or false starts; if you're feeling lost, grumpy, or apprehensive, Amy will show you how to find the brighter side of the situation. You don't think everything can be turned around so easily? Well read a few of these chapters anyway, and I bet your brain will store that information somewhere, ready for your brighter self to pull it out and make use of it when you need it in the future. This book is about making a SMALL shift that has a BIG impact on how you feel on those days when the clouds have rolled in. Disclosure: the author is my sister; but the FULL disclosure is that I seriously cannot put the book down once I pick it up. Every single time, I want to read "just one more chapter" to ingest another nugget of sweet and wise inspiration.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2012
This book is definitively smile-invoking. I picked this book up for a bit of positivity and got some serious reaffirmations about how to turn an irritating situation into one far more palatable. Its easy to forget your positivity when life throws rocks at you. Amy Spencer takes you through a day in the life - standing in line at the DMV, defending your hard-earned dollar, confronting the will to lay on the coach and do nothing - with a smirk and a plan for better days. She also gives you some wisdom behind how her method's work from a scientific point of view, which makes them easier to remember when you find yourself in a dark place. Maybe you are dealing with a relationship transition or facing life's milestones with less that promising horizons? This is great book to lift your spirits and remind you of why you are looking forward to waking up to a new opportunity to beat an obstacle that's been keeping you down or to simply hitting the beach for some sun and surf. I don't usually read books twice, but I found myself coming back to this book for a pick-me-up before bed. As some of the other reviews suggest, you don't have to read the book in its entirety--you can settle for instant gratification by reading a few pages at a time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
I just ordered this book today on my iPad and I can't stop reading it! I can't wait for tomorrow morning! I'm going to wake up without the winter blues! A very easy read packed with great information!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
This book is so easy to read and brings a lightness and positive feeling each time I pick it up. Well done Amy Spencer. We need more of this.
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