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Life Is Sweet
333 Ways to Look on the Bright Side and Find the Happiness in Front of You
Addie Johnson, Foreword by M. J. Ryan
ISBN: 9781573243230
Book (Hardcover)
Conari Press
5 x 7
224 pages
1-color spot art throughout
May 1, 2008


From Harvard classrooms to your grandma's kitchen table - everybody is getting on the look on the brightside bandwagon. If you need to know, there's a ton of medical research to back it up, but people who appreciate where their bread is buttered and how sweet the jam on their toast is - well they're healthier, they live longer, they're usually more successful - although they may not define success as having the most marbles, and for sure other people want to spend more time around them.

Addie Johnson calls Life Is Sweet her scrapbook, in which she's gathered stories that struck her - things that made her happy in the seeing or experience and in the remembering. And bits she's read. And quotes.

People, stories, kids and animals, stuff/no stuff (aka all or nothing), achievements achieved and unpleasant tasks done, laughing (snickering, giggling, guffawing, wetting your pants) health or progress toward it - all are fodder for happiness. Life is sweet and creamy - yes your life and yours and yours and yours - if you just look at what's in front of your face.

From the introduction:
The more we focus on what is good and right in our lives and in the world, the better and sweeter life is. And the more we notice what's wrong, lacking, broken, or messed up, the worse we feel . . .That's why this book of Addie Johnson's is so important. Addie is real and wise and silly, just the right companion to help you discover just how sweet life is.

Addie Johnson grew up in San Francisco, went east to go to Vassar College, and never bothered to leave New York. She's an actor and helps run Rising Phoenix Rep, a small developmental theatre company. She’s also an editor and author of several books and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
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M. J. Ryan is one of the creators of the New York Times bestselling 'Random Acts of Kindness' series and the author of Attitudes of Gratitude, The Power of Patience, and The Happiness Makeover among other titles. Altogether, there are 1.75 million copies of her titles in print. Her most recent book is Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals.

Currently, M. J. works as an executive coach to senior executives and entrepreneurs around the world to accelerate business success and personal fulfillment. Her clients include Royal Dutch Shell, Microsoft, Time, the U.S. military, and Aon Hewitt. She’s also a partner with the Levo League career network and the lead venture coach at SheEO, an organization offering a new funding and support model for female entrepreneurs. Photo credit: Sunshine Design Studio

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Sample Content:
Foreword, Introduction and Chapter 1