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"Don't obsess about changing your life; change the way you look at the life you have. This pithy guide tells you how." 
-O, The Oprah Magazine


"Spread sunshine with 100 get-happy tips in Amy Spencer's Bright Side Up." 
-Self Magazine


"Want to become more optimistic? Place this engaging new book on your reading list." 
-Shape Magazine

"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

About the Author

Amy Spencer is a Los Angeles-based author and journalist, and the author of Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match. Her articles have appeared in Glamour, New YorkRedbook, CNN.com, Harper's BazaarHealth, Real Simple and others. Visit her website at amyspencer.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1 Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399537271
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Colleen M. Schneider VINE VOICE on January 11, 2014
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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?Read more ›
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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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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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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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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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