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Crappy to Happy: Small Steps to Big Happiness NOW! Paperback – May, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Taking a spunky approach to self-help, Randy Peyser, the former editor-in-chief of the New Age magazine Catalyst, has written Crappy to Happy: Small Steps to Big Happiness Now. Using humor, parables and personal anecdotes, Peyser explains how readers can learn to be true to themselves, develop spirituality in their lives and cultivate personal integrity. Her advice is straightforward and jargon-free, and her emphasis is on the present. Asking for support doesn't mean you're a wimp, she says. Get all the support you need. Those with a sense of humor or those in need of one will relish Peyser's quirky book.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Randy Peyser is the former editor-in-chief of Catalyst, a national new-age magazine. She has a one-woman show in San Francisco called Crappy to Happy, formerly From Worrier to Warrior, during which she conducts a "New Age Flake Test," spins "The Wheel of Faulting," and dances the "Chakra-Chanting-Cha-Cha." Randy is gearing up to take her show on a nation-wide tour. This is her first book.
Top customer reviews
This author is "real" and very funny. She takes lifes difficult challenges and honestly shares her opinion and experiences, which allows the reader to find her own sense of humor, and even perhaps some joy, as we journey through some of lifes most difficult moments. I have found it very insightful, empathetic, and honest. A very relatable trip down memory lane, for me.
This book has given me a new sense of 'hope'. That, perhaps, even I, can live life in the moment, can walk with my head held high, recognizing my own inner strengths, leaving my shadows to mosey along beside me, safe-guarding me from the 'crap' that ruminates around the next corner. Allowing 'old ghosts' to move "through" me, more gently now, without getting 'touched' every time.
"But for the Grace of God Go I"..... Along with a little help from Courageous Women like Randy Peyser.
Randy's honest, funny, and vulnerable self-assessment of the baby steps she took (not always willingly) towards finding her own personal claim to happiness offers an imminently doable blueprint for other "struggling souls" to follow.
Randy's humor is infectious, her voice is precious, and her sense of humor is absolutely wicked. Her ability to simultaneously poke fun at herself while offering valid advice to the stuggling soul makes "From Crappy to Happy" a double edged read--informative, yes, but also wildly entertaining.
The stories Randy opens her chapters with will leave you rolling on the floor with laughter at the same time you gasp with a sense of personal comraderie as you discover a bit of "everywoman" in the author's personal struggles.
Then, just as you are drying your tears, this talented author stuns you with universal insights into what really constitutes "happiness", and how anyone can achieve it.
If you feel that you're floundering in your personal quest for happiness, read this book.
If you're already happy, read this book for the sheer enjoyment of the author's insightful wit.
Even if you don't want to be happy, and rather enjoy wallowing in your own misery, read this book for the unique, raucous humor that Randy brings to every page.
I like it.
the relatable stories in the book. I loved this book and read it cover to cover
almost in one day.
Small Steps to Big Happiness
By Randy Peyser
This book is quite a scream! Endorsed by everyone from Gerald Jampolsky, Arielle Ford and Swami Beyondananda, Peyser (Former Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst Magazine) has brought 158 on-target, yet hysterical pearls of wisdom, to all of us who have been thinking our way into misery!
With true accounts from her own amazingly interesting and sometimes quasi non-conventional life, Peyser weeds out the "crap" and finds the pot of gold we are all striving for, yet rarely attain.
Where does she find it? Sometimes at the end of the rainbow and sometimes in the middle of a car fix-it garage - she finds it everywhere she chooses to and that's the point. As soon as we focus on the good around us we will be more grateful, happy people, and when we choose to focus on the . . ., then . . . happens!
This book should be required reading for every high school graduate as a manual for how to do life. You will find within these pages simple wisdom at its finest, and get a laugh or two while you're at it. It's the book I wish I would have written first! Well done Randy!
Published by Red Wheel Press, this book is available at . . . amazon.com
Reviewed by Dr. Maryel McKinley
Whether using her own style of swift and discerning humor, or laying bare her own vulnerability, Randy gives us a treasure of a book that enlightens and inspires. She offers tips for emotional honesty (how to "notice and report"), and encourages us to take a deeper look as we journey toward a rich and rewarding life.
"Crappy to Happy" is witty, deeply moving, and a total joy to read!
Randy Peyser's honesty, transparency, and humor truly shine in this listing of 152 recommendations for happiness. Her anecdotes and illustrations from her own experiences, related in an amazingly droll way, show how she has applied these recommendations to her everyday life.
To read this book is to be inspired, challenged, and to know Randy Peyser (get the spelling right!)--one of the more unique and delightful people on the planet.
Peyser doesn't dogmatically preach at you--she reaches out to you in a delightfully, light-hearted way. She's a pal who understands how it feels to be crappy and who pulls you chuckling into being happy.