The Happiness Blog Tour Post #60:
Turning the Page



I'm giving away free digital review copies of the book and doing a giveaway for paperback copies, audio copies and even a Kindle Fire! Read on and check out the info below the post.

Turning the Page

As I write this, my 60th and final Happiness Blog Tour post, I find myself reflecting positively on completing a major undertaking. Getting 60 bloggers to agree to host you isn’t easy and it’s even more difficult to create 60 unique posts over the course of 60 days. I’m proud of myself for following through on my goal of completing the tour and I’m grateful for everyone who has helped. And therein lies some major lessons from the campaign as a whole.

My former chief source of unhappiness was a perceived lack of accomplishment. I’ve always had big goals and wild ideas and I love coming up with them. Whenever I would create such a project and fail to get very far, I would beat myself up and get majorly depressed. A part of me thought I was destined for such a cycle: creating ideas, failing to put them into practice and taking out frustration on myself. What it took me a while to realize was that finishing out an idea is tough business, but if I kept a positive attitude and worked on it a little at a time, I could accomplish great things. It wasn’t just finishing the project that would make me happy; I needed to whistle while I worked to complete the idea in the first place.

Another lesson is that once people see how hard you’re able to work and how positive your attitude is, they will be more than willing to lend a hand. I used to ask people for help and funding before I’d ever done anything in the first place. That’s sort of on part with applying for a job without a resume. If you’re upset that your friends and fans have yet to support you, first do something impressive that commands their respect. It can take a while for you to prove yourself, but once you do, you’ll be surprised by the help you can get.

People say that life is short, but I like to say that life is long. Each life is full of millions of moments that you can fill with goals and a positive attitude or regret and sorrow. If you want to turn the page on your life toward joy, set up something great for yourself and start working toward it. When you come close to completing it, begin to plan out the next grand idea. Eventually, you’ll have a lifetime of accomplishments to happily look back upon. This tour has definitely been one of them for me.

Keep focused. Keep grateful. And keep happy. Stick with those three tiny sentences and who knows where you’ll end up.

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Bryan Cohen is giving away 61 paperback and audio copies of The Post-College Guide to Happiness and a Kindle Fire between now and May 7th, 2012 on The Happiness Blog Tour. All entrants receive a free digital review copy of The Post-College Guide to Happiness. Bryan hopes to give away at least 1,000 copies during the blog tour. To enter, post a comment with your e-mail address or send an e-mail to postcollegehappiness (at) gmail.com. Bryan will draw the names at the end of the tour. Entries will be counted through Sunday, May 6th.

Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor and comedian from Dresher, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art and a minor in Creative Writing. He has written nine books including 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More, 500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade, Writer on the Side: How to Write Your Book Around Your 9 to 5 Job and his new book, 1,000 Character Writing Prompts: Villains, Heroes and Hams for Scripts, Stories and More. His website Build Creative Writing Ideas helps over 25,000 visitors a month to push past writer's block and stay motivated.

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