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About Larry Schardt
Dr. Larry (Lawrence A.) Schardt (pronounced Shard) loves people and has researched human behavior for over 40 years. Being the oldest of eight, he’s had lots of practice.
He regularly shares his messages of inspiration, encouragement, and hope with audiences across the United States and Territories, from Alaska to the US Virgin Islands in his "Success That Rocks" presentations.
He is known for his presentations and writings on success, leadership, motivation, happiness, and living with a positive attitude.
"My Runaway Summer" (released Summer 2022) is his story of running away from Pittsburgh to Ocean City, New Jersey at 15, to escape adversity and survive on his own.
For 29 years Professor Schardt has taught at Penn State. His classes and internships include teaching, community, sustainability, and conservation.
Larry greets everyone with exuberance, the peace sign, and his favorite blessing, “Rock ’n’ Roll!!!”
Larry knows what it is to live without peace and joy. He dealt with the rigors of life. He overcame adversity, violence, and financial hardship. This enabled him to develop a “can do” positive attitude.
Even though he doesn't consider himself a sports biographer, his book, "James Conner - The Triumphs of a Football Hero," was recognized as "One of the 24 Best Sports Biography Books of All Time" by BookAuthority.
Larry has inspiring life stories in several “Chicken Soup for the Soul:” “Find Your Happiness,” “The Power of Gratitude,” and “The Best Advice I Ever Heard.”
Larry writes a daily inspirational and positive Facebook blog in an attempt to celebrate and pay forward the positive in life . . . His passion is people.
Larry received a scholarship from a mentor in his youth, which enabled him to fulfill his dream of going to college. He pledged to pay it forward and now has a scholarship fund that supports others with their dream of going to college.
Larry is also penning his approach to motivating others in the book titled “Success that Rocks.”
Larry can be reached at…larry@SuccessThatRocks.com. Join Larry at facebook.com/Larry.Schardt or twitter.com/LarrySchardt.
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You already have all the necessary tools to find your happiness – you just need to learn how to use them. These inspirational, personal stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s library provide role models and tips so you can apply these keys to happiness to your own life.
Each chapter starts with a guided tour, too, to help you best utilize the lessons inside. You don’t have to implement all 10 keys, by the way. Even one will make a huge difference! In these pages, you will learn how to:
1. Count Your Blessings – use the power of gratitude
2. Free Yourself with Forgiveness – put the past in the past
3. Help Someone Else – make a difference and feel empowered
4. Have Less Stuff – find joy in decluttering your home
5. Think Positive – change your thoughts to change your world
6. Make Me Time – carve out time and make yourself a priority
7. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone – try new things and face your fears
8. Be Yourself – discover the unique superpower that only you have
9. Pursue Your Passion – discover excitement and purpose again
10. Get Outside in Nature – de-stress and put things in perspective
Chicken Soup for the Soul books are 100% made in the USA and each book includes stories from as diverse a group of writers as possible. Chicken Soup for the Soul solicits and publishes stories from the LGBTQ community and from people of all ethnicities, nationalities, and religions.
Summer 1970. Peace and love are everywhere.
Everywhere… except at home
Home is a volatile powder keg wired to erupt. Larry never knows when Dad will transform from mellow “Dr. Jekyll” into raging “Mr. Hyde.” Music is his only escape. The fantasy of running away to feel safe and find peace is just a dream. Until it isn’t.
When a new friend invites him to hitchhike to Ocean City, New Jersey, 15-year old Larry grabs the chance. He’s desperate and feels he has no choice. This is the moment he’s been waiting for. In an instant he decides to leave and not wait for tension on the home front to build and explode all over again.
On the road, he is conflicted about his decision—happy he escaped, yet sad his mother will worry, and terrified he will be caught and sent back home. But the Jersey Shore is not what he expected.
Is Larry just trading one danger for another?
Can he stay a step ahead of “The Man?”
A timeless and universal coming-of age lesson, Larry learns the art of peace, love, and forgiveness. Step back in time and join him on this runaway summer adventure.
Have a few words of wisdom changed everything for you? Has a piece of advice from a friend, or even a stranger, opened your eyes? It only takes a few well chosen words to solve a big problem, reorient your focus, and change the trajectory of your life. We’ve been reading these stories for years—stories about how one little piece of advice made a big difference.
So we asked the public to send us stories about the one piece of advice that reoriented them, solved a problem, or changed the trajectory of their lives. And we present an amazing new collection in these pages—101 stories that have the power to change your life, too.
We also have plenty of stories containing great advice for making yourself happier and healthier, and for pursuing your passions and dreams. And if you take some missteps along the way we also have stories for that, with a chapter on how to turn failure into fabulous.
What a great gift of hope and inspiration!
Scientific research has proven that being thankful improves your health, your cognitive function and your relationships. And you can learn to be a thankful person! Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude is full of true, inspiring stories by people who have changed their lives for the better by actively practicing gratitude, by saying thanks, and by stopping and thinking about their blessings, even on a bad day.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness will encourage readers to pursue their dreams, find their passion and seek joy in their life with its 101 personal and inspiring stories. This book continues Chicken Soup for the Soul’s focus on inspiration and hope, reminding us that we all can find our own happiness.