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A Book Giveaway + The Blog Tour

Yesterday, Logan and I drove to Sebastopol, CA for my first author event at Copperfield’s Books. Despite my nervous energy I had a blast last night. I met amazing readers and a young man who built his own tiny house! Plus, I had lunch with my friend Kent and a spontaneous dinner with a few new friends.

I have so many stories to tell you, but they need a few days to simmer. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do a book giveaway and update you on my blog tour.

A Giveaway

Today, I’m giving away THREE signed and stamped copies of my new book, You Can Buy Happiness (and it’s Cheap)! Simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post and fill in this sentence, “Happiness is . . . ”

I’ll announce the winners on Friday, September 21 in my weekly link round-up.

And the blog tour continues . . .

I’m incredibly grateful that so many of my peers took the time to review my book and allow me to post articles on their lovely sites. I told Logan last night that I’ve been blown away by all the support I’ve received throughout the book writing process and during the book launch too.

Enjoy the articles, interviews, and book reviews below.

Wednesday, September 19

Tuesday, September 18th

Thank you so much for reading RowdKittens and supporting my writing. I hope you enjoy the book and blog tour too!

Be well,
Tammy

P.S.  You can order my book from: Amazon.comBarnes and NobleIndie BoundNew World Library, and Powell’s.

Also, registration for my fall writing class is open. For more information, click here.

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Comments are closed. I’ll announce the book winners on Friday, September 21st. Thank you for the beautiful comments about happiness!

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  • Jessica Rudder September 19, 2012, 7:41 am

    Happiness is getting to see my family more often than once per year.

    • Abby Dee September 20, 2012, 4:56 am

      Happiness is being with my Jack Russell dog, Finn, who just loves being cuddled, wrapped in a blanket and snuggled with. He is the best of companions for me- doesn’t argue or talk back, and love love loves attention. No matter what my mood may be, happy or sad, he is loyal to me and thrives on my presence. I thank God for my puppy dawg! 🙂

    • Cindy B September 20, 2012, 7:30 am

      Happiness is snuggling up with my new little baby next to my wonderful husband and our sweet six year old.

  • Kelly September 19, 2012, 7:42 am

    Happiness is warm sunshine on a cool September morning.

  • Teri Kojetin September 19, 2012, 7:44 am

    Happiness is Skyping with my granddaughter Sadie and seeing the excitement in her face when she sees me on the screen.

  • anotherkindofdrew September 19, 2012, 7:44 am

    Happiness is…NOT winning a book but just commenting on a friend’s blog to let her know how inspiring she is and how much she is appreciated even 2500 miles away!

  • Sarah-Mae September 19, 2012, 7:44 am

    Happiness is … slow mornings in sunlight spaces.

    After completing your “Happiness Is … ” micro-action, this was an easy entry 🙂 Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!

  • Emily Crawford September 19, 2012, 7:45 am

    Happiness is sharing books I love with all of my dear friends! 🙂

  • Omar Reyes September 19, 2012, 7:46 am

    Happiness is like success. It is defined on your own terms. Only you can say what makes you happy, what makes you feel fulfilled. For me, happiness is family. I feed off their energy. When things are going well with my family, I am content – happy.

  • adrian September 19, 2012, 7:46 am

    Happiness is being at peace in life. Everything may not be perfect, but if you have peace, you can happily face each day.

  • Whitney September 19, 2012, 7:46 am

    Happiness is…the excitement of introducing my newborn daughter to the world in 6 days…And embracing the last 6 days of time where it’s just my husband and me.

  • MicheleStitches September 19, 2012, 7:47 am

    Happiness is the wonderful pleasure of a hot cup of coffee on a crisp autumn morning after finishing a summer of sticky, hot, humid days.

  • Margina Wood September 19, 2012, 7:47 am

    Happiness is….sending my grandchildren who are living in Germany (my son is in the Army) a big box of books for them to read and enjoy.

  • Monia September 19, 2012, 7:48 am

    Happiness is… having my wee one around full of giggles and mummy-hugs..

    Thanks for the giveaway, I try my luck 🙂 Which way ever your book is on my list to get anyway 🙂

  • Shadlyn Wolfe September 19, 2012, 7:48 am

    Do you have any plans to release the book in a digital, NON-Kindle version, like an ePub or PDF?

    I would love to buy a copy, but I don’t use Kindle because they’re too proprietary, and I am really trying to limit physical book purchases right now.

  • Krista September 19, 2012, 7:50 am

    Happiness is the opportunity to be with my family to welcome the arrival of my fourth niece.

  • James Schipper September 19, 2012, 7:50 am

    Happiness is watching good people grow into their dreams. (You don’t need to enter me. I’ll just go buy it 🙂 )

  • Chris September 19, 2012, 7:51 am

    Happiness is living in Today.

    Thanks for the chance to win one of your books! And I’d love to attend a signing, but I’m thinking Germany (soon to be Italy) is going to be a bit far.

    Congratulations Tammy!

  • Brenden September 19, 2012, 7:51 am

    Happiness is my dog’s wagging tail.

  • kimolsonphoto September 19, 2012, 7:52 am

    Happiness is spending quality time with my hubby, whether it’s at home on the couch or out exploring the world.

    Congratulations on your new book & I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  • YVonne Davila September 19, 2012, 7:54 am

    Happiness is….knowing that my dog is always anxiously waiting for me when I come home from work

  • Karen September 19, 2012, 7:54 am

    Happiness is sitting on my front (or back) porch with my husband and our 16 year old son (who still likes to hang out with us) chatting and watching our animals roam.
    I do so enjoy your writing and I am looking forward to hearing more about your new rural life.

  • Tanya Steinberg September 19, 2012, 7:56 am

    Happiness is . . . knowing that what I have and where I am right now is enough.

  • Natalie, the Chickenblogger September 19, 2012, 7:58 am

    Happiness is discovering there is support for a new venture!
    I NEED your book… it resonates with where we are at.
    Thanks for the happy anticipation of maybe winning
    your sweet giveaway… it’s fun to hope!

  • Tami September 19, 2012, 7:58 am

    Happiness is enjoying the simple pleasures of life……… wild flowers along a river bed, frog crocking in a pond.

  • Heidi September 19, 2012, 7:58 am

    Happiness is…having unlimited time to spend with my family.

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway..you book is on my list either way. 😉

  • Linda September 19, 2012, 8:01 am

    Happiness is expecting my first grandchild in December.
    Can’t wait to read your new book!

  • Joana Santos September 19, 2012, 8:02 am

    Happiness is … savouring now the little and free (the best) things of life, like a hug and a kiss.

    Thank you for showing us how to do it!

  • Estey Silva September 19, 2012, 8:06 am

    Happiness is watching my belly grow (my baby is due in March!) and watching my husband say “I love you” to him/her every night and morning!

  • Siobhan September 19, 2012, 8:06 am

    Happiness is… seeing a dog with its tail wagging. That’s my guaranteed way to turn any mood around.

    It’s also knowing that my local library actually listens to my book suggestions, so in a few weeks there should be a copy of your book available to the public in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Congratulations on the book launch! I can’t wait to finally get my hands on a copy.

  • Fiona September 19, 2012, 8:06 am

    Happiness is the smell of books.

  • Kim September 19, 2012, 8:07 am

    Happiness is falling asleep with the windows open and listening to the late summer sounds.

  • Arianne Schneider September 19, 2012, 8:08 am

    Happiness is… My husband suggesting we watch cheezy Halloween movies because he knows it will make my day brighter.

  • Anu September 19, 2012, 8:08 am

    Happiness is talking a long walk in crisp autumn weather 🙂

  • Katy Frey September 19, 2012, 8:08 am

    Happiness is….walking your two year old the mile to daycare, every single day, even when it’s pouring down rain and reveling in the delight of raindrops falling on your cheek, stomping in puddles, finding newly fallen buckeyes, and holding hands.

  • meritre September 19, 2012, 8:09 am

    Happiness is keeping it clean and simple, not pure but necessary

  • Jen September 19, 2012, 8:09 am

    Happiness is… snuggling with my kids!

    Congrats on your new book!

  • Josh September 19, 2012, 8:11 am

    Happiness is … getting to wake up every morning next to the love of your life. (and then proceeding to talk about building our little house)

  • Gina September 19, 2012, 8:11 am

    Happiness is having the afternoon off to have lunch with a friend and knit with another friend!

  • Kathi September 19, 2012, 8:11 am

    Happiness is the Sunday newspaper and a cup of coffee on a rainy Seattle morning.

  • Trisha September 19, 2012, 8:13 am

    Happiness is tomatos on the kitchen counter.

    Taking myself out of the running because I already purchased the book for my Kindle and read it a couple of weeks ago. LOVE IT. Actually, maybe I shouldn’t take myself out of the running because I could gift it to a friend who is anti-reading devices. 🙂

    Love the book, love the blog. Thank you for writing.

  • Scott September 19, 2012, 8:13 am

    Happiness is … being Eccentricly Proper

  • cindy September 19, 2012, 8:19 am

    Happiness is lounging in bed reading.

  • Happiness is knowing your loved ones are safe and healthy.

  • Susan September 19, 2012, 8:24 am

    Happiness is winning a signed book!! Happiness is having my sons home from college for the weekend.

  • Pamela September 19, 2012, 8:27 am

    Happiness is having just exactly what you need by living in a habitat that fits this lifestyle. It enables you when abundance comes to help your family and friends with their journey to a happier life.

  • Tetsugan September 19, 2012, 8:28 am

    Happiness is taking an early Saturday morning walk with my dog when the neighborhood is still quiet and it’s just the squirrels and us out and about. I follow that up with a cup of jasmine tea and brunch with my sweetie for a happy, satisfying weekend morning.

  • Justina Cesari September 19, 2012, 8:32 am

    Happiness is finding god within myself and loving her.

  • Kacy C. September 19, 2012, 8:33 am

    Happiness is watching the pure joy on my basset hound’s face as she runs in the park.

  • Lori September 19, 2012, 8:33 am

    Happiness is…. going for a long motorcycle ride with my husband.

  • Andy Hawkins September 19, 2012, 8:33 am

    Happiness is, defined differently for all of us, but without exception makes our journey a better one.

  • Karoline September 19, 2012, 8:33 am

    Happiness is… always taking pleasure in the most simplest of things.

  • crystal wayward September 19, 2012, 8:34 am

    Happiness is having more time to do the things I enjoy and to be with the people and animals i love. Happiness is also contributing to projects I believe in.

  • CHASE September 19, 2012, 8:34 am

    HAPPINESS IS SOMETHING EVERYONE WANTS TO HAVE.

  • Margo September 19, 2012, 8:39 am

    Happiness is sitting down on my cozy couch, leaning against the pine wall of my beautiful handcrafted tiny home, and sipping on a steaming cup of mint tea while I write. Happiness is having the view of a beautiful Japanese plum tree swaying outside my window, dropping fruit in a fashion that signals the end of the season. Happiness is snuggling under a blanket that was knit by worn and wrinkled hands that loved me, before they ceased to move in productive ways.

    Happiness is always found in that which is easiest to take for granted.

  • Tammy September 19, 2012, 8:40 am

    Happiness is in the simple things in life..relax and enjoy!!

  • Bonnie September 19, 2012, 8:41 am

    Happiness is losing track of time while making something beautiful.

  • Jinxi September 19, 2012, 8:42 am

    Happiness is…enjoying being a mom to my three amazing kids, watching the sunset with my husband, dreaming of a simpler life…and popcorn!

  • Clark September 19, 2012, 8:48 am

    Happiness is focusing on the positive.

  • Alex September 19, 2012, 8:51 am

    Happiness is…having the ability and time to do what really matters most to you.

  • Julie September 19, 2012, 8:51 am

    Happiness is summiting one of Colorado’s 14ers (the mountains above 14,000 ft. elevation).

  • Laurie September 19, 2012, 8:55 am

    Happiness is… knowing what you want and how to achieve it.

  • Cyndi September 19, 2012, 9:00 am

    Happiness is…hot tea on a cool morning.

  • AMHowl September 19, 2012, 9:03 am

    Happiness is… waking up to a warm fuzzy buddy who’s always eager to lick any skin available.

  • Kim September 19, 2012, 9:03 am

    Happiness is … Putting your energy and focus into your dreams – not your fears. Also right sizing your life. When you are not weighed down with alot of extraneous stuff and are focusing on your dreams and not your fears miracles can happen.

  • dawn shaw September 19, 2012, 9:04 am

    Happiness is spending simple quiet time with my husband on walks in the wonderfully cooler weather.
    I just found your blog and we are in the process of simplifying our lives and becoming more self reliant. Your book sounds like an excellent starting point! Glad I found you! Congrats!

    Dawn

  • Catherine September 19, 2012, 9:05 am

    Happiness is gratitude.

  • bren September 19, 2012, 9:06 am

    “Happiness is . . . realizing when you have Enough.”

  • Amy R. September 19, 2012, 9:06 am

    Happiness is looking up from a book to notice all of the kids (and pets) have gravitated to where I am and are laying around engrossed in their own projects.

  • D September 19, 2012, 9:15 am

    Happiness is…a hot mug of tea in my cold office!

    …it is also having love in my life, work for my hands to do, and a hopeful, wide open future!

  • Dave September 19, 2012, 9:18 am

    Happiness is spending time with someone for no reason other than their company.

  • Rachael September 19, 2012, 9:18 am

    Happiness is knowing who you are and what makes you enjoy the life you live.

  • Marlena McCue September 19, 2012, 9:19 am

    Happiness is… learning it’s not “material things” that matter most or make us happy in our lives, it’s family and good friends! I really learned this to be true 3 years ago when I lost my Dad to cancer! Since then I’ve been downsizing, simplifing my life and spending more time with family. It feels great!
    Congratulations on your new book! I can’t wait to read it.

  • Juan September 19, 2012, 9:19 am

    happiness is…peace within one’s self.

  • Renee Shupe September 19, 2012, 9:20 am

    Happiness is knowing that your friends and family will be with you no matter what and happiness is taking those moments to simply appreciate everything as well as a good book to read.

  • Sarah K September 19, 2012, 9:22 am

    Happiness is enjoying the little things in life!

  • Michael Galassi September 19, 2012, 9:23 am

    Happiness was getting email from Amazon letting me know your book was shipping early after I’d pre-ordered it months before.
    Happiness was coming home from a long day at work to find an Amazon box with your book in it.
    OK, those two were kiss-ups, but both events brought huge smiles.
    Happiness is waking up where you want to be with who you want to be with and a liberal smattering of cats keeping you warm.
    Happiness is realizing that nothing really changed, even though someone you’ve developed a fondness for drove her little home a few hundred miles away.
    Happiness is getting to the office and finding the people I’ve grown so fond of over the years are still my coworkers.
    Happiness is the feeling you get when friends instantly offer to loan you a car when your car is in the shop.
    Happiness is finding warm eggs in my chicken coop.
    Happiness is the first night you crawl into bed with freshly laundered sheets.
    Happiness is the smell the first rainfall in a while brings with it.
    Happiness is finding an owl in a tree WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU!
    Happiness is a scoop of ice-cream shared with the right person.
    Happiness is when your friend decides she’s ready to start dating again and reports back the next day that she had a great first date!
    Happiness is when your boss seems happy when he gives you a 10th anniversary award at work.

  • Paulette Rees-denis September 19, 2012, 9:29 am

    Happiness is living life! Woo hoo….and what a lovely ride it is….

  • Jan White September 19, 2012, 9:29 am

    Happiness is….whatever you want it to be…..

  • Mary Huang September 19, 2012, 9:31 am

    Happiness is spending time with my loved ones or reading a great book with my cat snuggled up against me.

  • Vanessa September 19, 2012, 9:35 am

    Happiness is. . . . simplicity. Reading a good book, writing and spending time with people I adore.

  • Nikki Cooley September 19, 2012, 9:37 am

    “Happiness is hearing my daughter laugh and see her smile!”

  • Sarah P September 19, 2012, 9:39 am

    Happiness is contentment.

  • Carrie Caverly September 19, 2012, 9:41 am

    Happiness is…. letting go of the results and just allowing myself to be.

  • Mary September 19, 2012, 9:43 am

    Happiness is . . . is hearing belly laughs from my kids.

  • ww September 19, 2012, 9:48 am

    Happiness is… not having clutter and chores filling my day.

  • rebekah September 19, 2012, 9:48 am

    Happiness is being mindful.

  • WINONA September 19, 2012, 9:50 am

    Happiness is being satisfied with who you are at this very moment.

  • Suzy September 19, 2012, 9:54 am

    Happiness is…having so many things in your life that make you happy you can’t name just one!

  • Dawn September 19, 2012, 9:54 am

    Happiness is having no more or less than you need or can use, and being content with it.

  • tara September 19, 2012, 9:55 am

    Happiness is…having my child run up and hug me when I pick him up from school.

    Happiness is…two furry warm kitties that like to snuggle up at night when the house is quiet and I’m knitting or reading.

  • Caitlin September 19, 2012, 9:58 am

    Happiness is a purring cat, a warm dog, a good book, a cup of tea, a hug and a smile from my husband.

  • Leonard September 19, 2012, 10:05 am

    Happiness is waking up in the morning with a purpose.

  • Sandy September 19, 2012, 10:08 am

    Happiness is…peace of mind when your head hits the pillow at night.

  • LPM September 19, 2012, 10:09 am

    I actually just ordered your book!
    My husband and I are currently in the throws of taking a junked FEMA trailer, stripping it down to the metal trailer, changing the axels and will be rebuilding it into a gypsy vardo. Our plan is to live in it. Currently, we’re starting the downsizing of all of our accumulated mess. It should be interesting, indeed.
    Happiness is letting go.

    LPM

  • Toni September 19, 2012, 10:14 am

    Happiness is joy, love and confidence.

  • Tagati September 19, 2012, 10:15 am

    Happiness is … enjoying a quiet moment looking out to the trees surrounding the secluded cabin with an espresso and a cat snoozing on my lap.

  • Lori September 19, 2012, 10:24 am

    Happiness is waking up to a cool fall morning with the windows open and the birds singing.

  • Corey September 19, 2012, 10:28 am

    Happiness is a book in bed on a rainy afternoon.

  • Wes Medlin September 19, 2012, 10:32 am

    Happiness is not having to worry about whether or not you’re happy.

  • Matthew Kopecky September 19, 2012, 10:45 am

    Happiness is watching the world wake up while drinking the first cup of coffee.

  • Christine September 19, 2012, 10:51 am

    Happiness is… Peace of Mind

  • Karen September 19, 2012, 10:51 am

    Happiness is being able to help– I am a therapist, and I think half the people I see are suffering from the financial problems the country has and how they can cope with less money. I would live to be able to have your book to loan out (once I have read it myself.) I talk about some of your ideas, and my own choices– thirty + years in to being a doc and writing, but never being on the same income charts as other md’s, and feel lucky, lucky.

  • Carley September 19, 2012, 10:53 am

    Happiness is having the time to do things I want to do to help those I care about.

  • Steve September 19, 2012, 10:56 am

    Happiness is spending time with step children.

  • Wayne Turner September 19, 2012, 10:56 am

    Happiness is learning from the experiences of others (which are then tried on your own) that having less stuff, in a smaller space and living more simply brings happiness 🙂

  • Sarah Jeffers September 19, 2012, 10:59 am

    Happiness is… The acceptance of what has been, what is, and what will be.

  • Rhonda Cook September 19, 2012, 11:07 am

    Happiness is time. Time to do the little things that are so easily put off until we have more “time”. Time to sit and really listen to my daughter and talk about things that she wants to talk about without feeling pressure to hurry up and get on to the next thing on my to do list.

  • Sarena September 19, 2012, 11:07 am

    For me happiness is my family, my furred and non-furred friends, and time to enjoy them. It’s also the time alone to create……I suppose happiness is balance.

  • Karin September 19, 2012, 11:15 am

    Happiness is experiencing my three-month old baby try and talk to me… hearing her beautiful voice.

  • Tiffany September 19, 2012, 11:20 am

    Happiness is possible. Thank God!

  • Michael September 19, 2012, 11:22 am

    Happiness is… sharing! Sharing whatever you have gives you ten times the happiness you get from just having that stuff. Thank you for sharing with us through this book!

  • Jill September 19, 2012, 11:24 am

    Happiness is ….being loved (and knowing it).

  • Lori Stalter September 19, 2012, 11:37 am

    Happiness is…being in the moment enjoying now.

  • Hope Williams September 19, 2012, 11:42 am

    Happiness is snuggly on the couch on a cool fall day with my cat and a good book.

  • Johanna September 19, 2012, 11:43 am

    Happiness is to feel truly alive!

  • Julie September 19, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Happiness is a morning jog beside lake Michigan.

  • Michelle Gartner September 19, 2012, 12:05 pm

    Happiness is just being in the present moment.

  • Dave Danielson September 19, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Happiness is seeing my wife of 33 years, every time.

  • Erin H September 19, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Happiness is…a warm cat snuggled up to your on a drizzly day

  • Mindy September 19, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Happiness is … having a balanced life, with just enough crazy, but not too much.

  • Jeff September 19, 2012, 12:22 pm

    I’m Going through, right now, what you probably did with your Father,,Tough Stuff!!! and I am sorry for your lass. I would love a copy of your book. I think it would be good for me right now.

    I have always wanted to do what you are doing, I even have my land all paid for and ready to go, you might be the one to give me the final push. Thanks for the info and inspiration!

    Jeff

  • Nikki Kindinger September 19, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Happiness is… having the time and energy to spend doing what I love.

  • Angie September 19, 2012, 12:36 pm

    Happiness is… being able to stay at home with my 4 kids.

  • Sean D September 19, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Happyness is spending time with your beloved.

  • Terra September 19, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Happiness is…the story you write yourself!

  • Thera September 19, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Happiness is the sound of a child’s laughter.

  • Anna September 19, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Happiness is…at the end of a long day, hearing the steady snores of my two big “puppies”, Seekoo, a black Labrador, and Scooter, a Bordernese. I just know this little corner of the world is okay for now.

  • Victoria September 19, 2012, 12:53 pm

    Happiness is… baby turkeys roosting on your head.

    Happiness is… enjoying the lovely photos and thoughtful prose of one of your favorite bloggers, Rowdy Kittens.

    Happiness is… the sun setting pink across your very own farmland after all the farm chores are done for the day.

    Happiness is… snuggling under the warm covers and reading your latest Kindle book – “You Can Buy Happiness.”

  • N2 September 19, 2012, 12:55 pm

    Happiness is lying next to my grandson and telling him the story of his day until he falls asleep.

  • Jc Wooten September 19, 2012, 1:00 pm

    Happiness is when my daughter wraps her arms around me and say……….. I Love you for being you momme!

  • Lois September 19, 2012, 1:10 pm

    Happiness is a warm blanket, cup of herbal tea, and a good book on a cold night.

  • Buffy September 19, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Happiness is learning how to let go

  • Torie September 19, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Happiness is drinking my morning coffee while the sun rises.

  • Dave September 19, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Happiness is walking with bare toes in the grass, a warm breeze on my face, watching the infinite dance of the clouds.

  • Sarah R September 19, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Hi Tammy,

    Congratulations on your amazing achievement! I’m really looking forward to reading your book – I’ve been realising how much I really need to simplify lately and I think it might be the kick start that I need.

    Travel well.

  • Ellen S September 19, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Happiness is: family! Winning your book to read would

  • Diane September 19, 2012, 1:33 pm

    Happiness is loved ones and good health.

  • Elaine Shanks September 19, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Happiness is – being happy with who you are and what you have.

    I have just discovered your web site and your book. I am totally enjoying reading about your journey. My husband and I (42 years) are beginning our own journey towards simplification. We are currently retired and have plenty of experience at “wanting” and “getting”, and can totally can confirm that “having” doesn’t bring happiness. This year we are downsizing … with the hope that we will eventually move into an in-law suite near our son and daughter-in-law. We are making the shift to less is more. But even if the planned move does not happen, each item that leaves our house gives us happiness.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Jen September 19, 2012, 1:56 pm

    Happiness is cuddling with two pugs while drinking my morning coffee in bed.

  • Denise September 19, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Happiness is coming home to three extremely happy puppies who are always overjoyed to see me.

  • Fay September 19, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Happiness is a smile on my son’s face.

  • Emme September 19, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Happiness is a quiet spot in nature, where I can meditate and spend time with the birds and the animals.

  • Molly September 19, 2012, 2:24 pm

    Happiness is having a loving dog by your side as you walk through the woods, looking for new places to explore.

  • Brianna September 19, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Happiness is the spark of a new idea when it ignites between two open minds.

  • donna September 19, 2012, 2:33 pm

    happiness is sharing my simple life .

  • Frank September 19, 2012, 2:35 pm

    Happiness is hiking in the ADK with my wife(Cyndi), Son(Noah), and Daughter(Sara). Seeing my kid grow to love the nature that I love (even if they don’t realize they are, I can see it).

  • Jess September 19, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Happiness is coffee in a coffee shop with your best friend!

  • Teresa Brewer September 19, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Happiness is being able to sit back and breath easy and thank the good Lord for all you do have and enjoying the beauty he give all around us that many has forgotten

  • Kate September 19, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Happiness is early morning light flooding my apartment and a hot cup of tea in hand. The day has begun and anything is possible.

  • Lindsay September 19, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Happiness is listening to the wind in the wings of geese as they fly overhead.

  • Nan September 19, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Happiness is giving and sharing that joy!

  • Maria September 19, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Happiness is going to french class and having the feeling that day by day I’m improving myself. One day I will speak french like a pro! 🙂

  • Anali Wills September 19, 2012, 3:27 pm

    Happiness is wandering the outdoors.

  • Mary September 19, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Happiness is love eternal.

  • Sayantani September 19, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Happiness is being back home in Delhi, drinking tea with my mother as we both watch the sunset and the feel of her fingers against my face, my forehead telling me that all will be well.

  • Nicole September 19, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Happiness is Living.

  • Volesta Lexie Hewitt September 19, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Happiness is… Simplicity … Pura Vida

  • Kristy September 19, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Happiness is coming home to a wagging tail and the sheer joy that my presence brings another living creature.

  • Rae September 19, 2012, 3:45 pm

    Happiness is knowing I am not alone even when I feel alone.

  • Paul - The Kind Little Blogger September 19, 2012, 3:53 pm

    Happiness is . . . life, warts and all.

  • sean s. September 19, 2012, 3:58 pm

    Happiness is being relatively poor, painting signs for a living and saving up to live in a used Airstream to simplify your life while the rest of the world runs around like crazy people so they can buy a larger screen t.v.

  • Michele C. September 19, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Happiness is having your feet on the ground and knowing that every step after that is really up to you!
    Anything is possible =)

  • Terrie September 19, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Happiness is a mixed bouquet of flowers on the table, fresh cherries, walks in the woods with my honey, bike rides, walking my first half-marathon in rain, hail and sleet in 44 degree weather and finishing under our goal time! And so much more…

  • Kiri September 19, 2012, 4:18 pm

    Happiness is spending quality time with my loved ones.

  • Amber September 19, 2012, 4:24 pm

    Happiness is watching my 15 month old dance to the radio.

  • tami September 19, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Happiness is taking two years off work, without going into debt, to care for our adopted baby.

  • Heidi September 19, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Happiness is falling in love with Jesus more and more each day!

  • Shanyo September 19, 2012, 4:32 pm

    Happiness is contentment with a twinkle in its eye…

  • Elizabeth Harper September 19, 2012, 4:37 pm

    Happiness is … knowing that four and a half years after selling off all but 200 cubic feet of my belongings to take with me as I followed my heart to the UK, I know what felt like the right decision then, actually was.

    Congrats on your book and well done!

  • Anne Burner September 19, 2012, 4:38 pm

    Happiness is finding your way.

  • Clara September 19, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Happiness is snuggling in bed with my daughter and husband!

  • Sherry September 19, 2012, 4:41 pm

    Happiness for me today is feeling better after a nasty spider bite that happened a couple of days ago. It is waking to a peach and soft blue sunrise this morning, and always counting my blessings.

  • Dennis September 19, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Happiness is seeing the smile on your face. Warms my heart to reflect on all you have accomplished. Great job!

  • Cassandra September 19, 2012, 4:49 pm

    Happiness is my son laughing. Nothing makes me smile more.

  • Daniel September 19, 2012, 5:08 pm

    Happiness is finding a purpose in life and valuing every moment you spend fulfilling that purpose.

  • Jessica September 19, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Happiness is simple.

  • Anita September 19, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Happiness is…..simply being.

    An exciting day for you- All the Best!

  • Jane September 19, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Happiness is: being awoken every morning by my little 14 year old, 8lb deaf & blind Shih-tzu who wants nothing more than some good ear scratching, belly rubbing & someone who can reach the dog treats on the kitchen counter.

  • Kristin Celeste September 19, 2012, 5:23 pm

    Happiness is knowing you need less that you think and knowing that you have more than you know.

  • Kate September 19, 2012, 5:32 pm

    Happiness is being a high school art teacher and watching happy students dive into their work.

  • Tracy Vis September 19, 2012, 5:33 pm

    Happiness is cuddling with my hubby on the couch!

  • The Frugal Ecologist September 19, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Happiness is …
    Snuggling on the couch with my pup!

  • Elizabeth September 19, 2012, 5:49 pm

    Spending time with my grandsons!

  • Ludmilla September 19, 2012, 5:56 pm

    Happiness is making somebody happy. These days that somebody are our sheep, chickens and all the critters we have on our little ranch.
    Absolutely love your tiny house, but where do you keep your book?

  • Marcie Anderson September 19, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Happiness is making s’mores for dessert.

  • Yvonne Wray September 19, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Congratulations on your book and your first tour. Will you be in San Francisco anytime in the next two weeks?

    Happiness is… creating good for the people who matter most in your life.

  • Jamie September 19, 2012, 6:20 pm

    Happiness is…my family, reading, a little wine and a lot of chocolate.

  • Erin September 19, 2012, 6:21 pm

    Happiness is sleeping in with the cat.

  • Candice Vega September 19, 2012, 6:23 pm

    Happiness is holding my son and daughter for the first time.

  • b-rad September 19, 2012, 6:29 pm

    happiness is… time with my wife and two girls and without any type of media.

  • Cynthia September 19, 2012, 6:37 pm

    Happiness is a relaxing evening at home with hubby and puppy.

  • Teresa Speakman September 19, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Happiness is authenticity in being real.

  • Rachel September 19, 2012, 6:51 pm

    Happiness is letting go of all the unnecessary stuff, living lightly and mindfully on this planet, thus making it possible to actually live life to the fullest.

  • Amber Beck September 19, 2012, 6:53 pm

    Happiness is…realizing that a lot of your anxiety was caused by your consumption of stuff & now you’re learning to be light & fancy-free!

  • Elizabeth September 19, 2012, 7:14 pm

    Happiness is…friends and family. It’s that simple!

  • Crystal G September 19, 2012, 7:18 pm

    Happiness is.. walking into the light after years of wondering alone in the dark

  • Kla September 19, 2012, 7:19 pm

    Happiness is…time spent in nature.

  • Katherine H. September 19, 2012, 7:21 pm

    …singing the goodnight songs to my son that my parents’ once sang to me. It is my tiny moment of eternity.

  • Kim September 19, 2012, 7:31 pm

    Wow, I don’t think I can pick one thing! Happiness is the smell of an old book, floating on your back staring up at the clouds,laughing with an old friend… Those are the things that make me the happiest.

  • Jan Atkinson September 19, 2012, 7:37 pm

    Happiness is knowing your purpose and sharing it with loved ones!

  • Angie September 19, 2012, 7:45 pm

    Happiness is actively participating in your community, nesting & unexpected gifts- both given and received. Congrats on the book!

  • Louie September 19, 2012, 7:53 pm

    Happiness is…..learning simplicity, minimalism and contentment. All three made me realize that we can be happy with what we have now. We just have to look at things in a different and positive perspective.
    Happiness is within us and around us…..

  • Jonathan F. September 19, 2012, 7:58 pm

    Happiness is watching kids in sweatshirts play in fall leaves!

  • gunja September 19, 2012, 8:23 pm

    Happiness is … peace and contentment.

  • Kaitaia September 19, 2012, 8:37 pm

    Happiness is waking up with next to my husband every morning.

  • Nikki September 19, 2012, 8:50 pm

    …having a book published. Congrats! My turn in January, and it’s been a lifelong dream. Joy’

  • Kelly September 19, 2012, 9:00 pm

    Happiness is learning to live an intentional life and finding freedom…

  • Katie C. September 19, 2012, 9:04 pm

    Happiness is curling up with a cat and a good book.

  • B. J. September 19, 2012, 9:14 pm

    Happiness is an adventure that beckons every single day if you just reach out and embrace it!

  • Teresa September 19, 2012, 9:19 pm

    happiness is…..still being in love with my husband after 25 years

  • humbird September 19, 2012, 9:21 pm

    Happiness is creating a sanctuary for my husband, son and I no matter where we are, no matter where we go.
    Oh, and taking a deep breath into my dog’s warm, soft coat 🙂

  • Tracy September 19, 2012, 9:26 pm

    Happiness is a good hug.

  • Leslie September 19, 2012, 9:26 pm

    Happiness is a perfect cup of coffee, in a quiet cafe, people watching.

  • Anna P September 19, 2012, 9:27 pm

    Happiness is living a healthy, stress-free, and inspiration-filled everyday life.

  • Marilyn September 19, 2012, 9:41 pm

    Happiness is the sound of my mother’s voice.

  • Brittany September 19, 2012, 9:48 pm

    Happiness is taking a hike in beautiful sunshine with a crisp fall wind!

  • Susan September 19, 2012, 9:49 pm

    Happiness is a long walk with a friend.

  • Lindy September 19, 2012, 9:50 pm

    Happiness is being able to embrace fear to overcome obstacles standing in the way of achieving one’s dreams. Tony Robbins hits the nail on the head with his mantra ‘Progress Equals Happiness’. Progress is subjective of course. For some it might be living a more purposeful life through simplicity, for others it might be the freedom of location independence. For me it’s doing meaningful work that liberates me 🙂 Love your Tiny House by the way (and your cat)! What a beautiful home x

  • Aarti September 19, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Happiness is being in peace with what you are !

  • Sherrill Leverich-Fries September 19, 2012, 10:15 pm

    Happiness is a cold, wet Portland day when I’m in my comfy chair, blanket on my lap, cat on the blanket, hot tea and a juicy book. It’s when my son and I are playing around and he laughs with the pure unadulterated joy that only a young child seems to remember how to do…and the beauty of it makes me remember. It’s seeing an amazingly huge moon hanging over the tree tops and me thinking, “How on EARTH can that moon be that big?” and then realizing it’s not on Earth at all. It’s watching the bumblebees laden with pollen, covering the Russian sage.

    Congratulations on the release (and another bit of happiness is that Washington County’s library already has 10 holds on your book! 🙂

  • Marie-Josée LeBlanc September 19, 2012, 10:52 pm

    I just missed you; I live in Petaluma! 🙁

    For me, Hapiness is about sharing time with the one I love and enjoying whatever activity I am doing in the moment, which may include spending time with my husband and children or working on our homestead. I’ll keep coming back for more blogs and congratulations on your book. It is quite an adventure!

  • Dawn Hibbard September 19, 2012, 11:22 pm

    Happiness is Mallie Mae, my 3 year old with fur (chihuahua).

    Other notes. I hope to have a tiny house one day. The goal is to be with
    Mallie 24/7. I have read the ebook – thank you! Other than
    winning, is there a way to get a signed, stamped book? The stamp
    idea is beyond fun! Blessings.

  • Benny Rebergen September 19, 2012, 11:29 pm

    happiness is putting passion into action 🙂

  • Jodi Kaeo September 19, 2012, 11:49 pm

    Happiness is seeing the smile on my patients face when he/she has done something independently the first time since an injury or accident, as simple as putting their shoes on or brushing their teeth! Its those little things in life we take for granted everyday, that we find are so important when we are no longer able to do.

  • Laura K September 19, 2012, 11:53 pm

    Happiness is peace in your mind and soul.

  • Adam September 20, 2012, 12:12 am

    Happiness is… simply happiness. It’s so much to get at once, that gving it more meaning is pointless. And if we call happiness the other way, it may depend on this new way – then it may become unachievable. What is impossible, when we call it simly happiness… Or even not, just feelilng it 🙂 Take care 🙂 I wish you Joy og every Moment 🙂

  • Niss Tamruksa September 20, 2012, 12:24 am

    Happiness is having something you want,
    Sadness is not having that something that you want,
    Don’t want anything is Happiness which will not get interrupted by Sadness.

  • Renée from Switzerland September 20, 2012, 12:57 am

    Happiness is having found you relative minimum you need to be content with your live.
    Real happiness, if you found it without previously going through stressfull times in your life….
    Renée, a completely stressed mother of three kids with a part-time job just starting the journy into finding her very own “relative minumum”

  • Mohd Shubhi Abdul September 20, 2012, 1:15 am

    Happiness is our decision, if we don’t decide others will decide for us

  • Maude September 20, 2012, 2:01 am

    Happiness is making and/or seeing people happy. No matter why they are happy. Happiness is contagious to me.

  • Strasser September 20, 2012, 2:07 am

    Happiness is just being ME.

  • Rue September 20, 2012, 2:12 am

    happiness a hand made life………………..

  • Rue September 20, 2012, 2:13 am

    I fogot the is! happiness IS a handmade life : /

  • Joshua September 20, 2012, 2:48 am

    Happiness is co-creating a loving relationship, and another, and another, and…

  • margi September 20, 2012, 2:56 am

    Happiness is serendipitous experiences that make us laugh, cry, wonder at this life so full of amazing grace if we can open our eyes and ears and take it in. Thank you for your inspiration!

  • Pattie Von Hagel September 20, 2012, 3:04 am

    Happiness is simplifying your life and living through the process each day. Taking a hold of your life energy for love, care and kindness,

  • Michael Janzen September 20, 2012, 3:16 am

    the peace of mind found by knowing you’re on the right track.

  • Nicole G September 20, 2012, 3:44 am

    Happiness is being at peace. Thx for the chance – great giveaway!

  • SquiKo September 20, 2012, 3:47 am

    Happiness is a conscious decision that I take every morning when I wake up and I decide that my day will be fantastico-amazingo-super-duper great…

    Congrats with your book, I bet your heart skipped a bit of happiness when you saw your own work on that bookshelf.

    🙂

  • Judy Williams September 20, 2012, 4:24 am

    Happness is group giggles with my grandkids!

  • W. Jackie September 20, 2012, 4:26 am

    Happiness is a Gratitude of Life…

  • Amanda Lakes September 20, 2012, 4:27 am

    Happiness is being surrounded by the people and the things that I both need & love and nothing more.

  • Holly R September 20, 2012, 4:27 am

    Happiness is…..peace.

  • Jonni September 20, 2012, 4:29 am

    Happiness is having a sense of calm in my soul.

  • Gary September 20, 2012, 4:29 am

    Happiness is your choice.

  • Paul Nolan September 20, 2012, 4:30 am

    Happiness is…the joy that comes from following your dreams and goals because you live frugally!

  • Lori September 20, 2012, 4:31 am

    Happiness is the feeling you get when you have truly helped another living being, even if it was simply to brighten their day.

  • Jennifer September 20, 2012, 4:36 am

    Happiness is…peace of mind.

  • Melissa jones September 20, 2012, 4:37 am

    Happiness is family and friends, having enough to eat and the good health to enjoy it all.

  • Peggy Muga September 20, 2012, 4:37 am

    Happiness is having the freedom of choice. Choosing to live your life debt free, without fear and doubt.
    Happiness is teaching your children how to succeed after major financial loss.
    Happiness is having security, love and health. Being able to live debt free so we can now help others.

  • Simsa September 20, 2012, 4:37 am

    Happiness is…to feel my lovers hand in mine.

  • Michele M September 20, 2012, 4:40 am

    Happiness is ….. Seeing my two rescue dogs sleeping peacefully and knowing they are safe and loved 🙂

  • Tish Cassells September 20, 2012, 4:43 am

    Happiness is easiest when you remember to forget everything that doesn’t matter.

  • Marianna Maver September 20, 2012, 4:43 am

    Happiness is nuzzling wiith my big, fat purring cat Charlie!

  • Allison September 20, 2012, 4:44 am

    Happiness is an uncluttered mind, and an environment that does not sabotage it with “should dos”.

  • Julie September 20, 2012, 4:45 am

    Happiness is sitting around the fire circle on a crisp autumn evening with my family and friends!

  • ayrin nacario September 20, 2012, 4:48 am

    happiness is a choice.. and i chose to be happy no matter what the life brings.

  • Beth S September 20, 2012, 4:49 am

    Happiness is resting in God’s presence and yielding to His plans.

  • Jessica September 20, 2012, 4:49 am

    Happiness is…. watching my kids sleep peacefully in the house I built for them.

  • Debbie September 20, 2012, 4:53 am

    Happiness is reading a good book with all three of my cats snuggled around me 🙂

  • Nelle September 20, 2012, 4:53 am

    Happiness is family, friends, and a simple life.

  • Michelle Patrick September 20, 2012, 4:56 am

    ….love. Plain and simple, that’s all you need.

  • Rebecca Wilson September 20, 2012, 4:57 am

    Happiness is financial security and the time that allows to be with my family.

  • Charlotte Collins September 20, 2012, 4:59 am

    Happiness is Being able to have a “Tiny House” to call my home! I have lived with my son and his family, been chief cook and bottlewasher for 8-+ years…just want a few alone and peaceful years by myself now!

  • Jenny September 20, 2012, 5:01 am

    Happiness is being present, not dwelling on the past or living for the future.

  • Truly Tina Roper September 20, 2012, 5:03 am

    Happiness is…when my dog wags her tail, just because.

  • Tiina September 20, 2012, 5:05 am

    Happiness is…..freedom!

  • Monica September 20, 2012, 5:06 am

    Happiness is finding what you thought you would never find.

  • Crystal Stone September 20, 2012, 5:10 am

    Happiness is having the freedom to do what I want.

  • Paula September 20, 2012, 5:13 am

    Happiness is a choice!

  • Sonja B September 20, 2012, 5:15 am

    Happiness is time spent with those that you love.

  • Susan Yarber September 20, 2012, 5:22 am

    Happiness is… the laughter of my children.

  • Pat Maddox September 20, 2012, 5:27 am

    Happiness is cooking Saturday night family dinner with my grandchildren. They ( two of them) take turns, plan the meal and i help them learn to cook. Then their Mom arrives and we all have dinner together.

  • Mary Weaver September 20, 2012, 5:28 am

    Happiness is living a simplicity life!

  • Catharine Geiges September 20, 2012, 5:31 am

    You have inspired me to write – and read – and write some more! Thank you.

  • Michael September 20, 2012, 5:44 am

    Happiness is when you stop chasing happiness, and then see that it was waiting here for you all along

  • Guy September 20, 2012, 5:46 am

    Happiness is pursued.

  • Rachel L. September 20, 2012, 5:47 am

    Happiness is… snuggling with your puppies on a cold fall morning! 🙂

  • Emily S Pritchard September 20, 2012, 5:50 am

    Happiness is laughing out loud once a day and being thankful for the day!!

  • Emily S Pritchard September 20, 2012, 5:51 am

    Happiness is laughing out loud and being thankful.

  • Jackie W September 20, 2012, 5:51 am

    Happiness is a shower under the stars and moon at my little cabin in the woods.

  • Colleen K September 20, 2012, 5:54 am

    Happiness is living small…living small allows for freedom to choose.

  • Alisa September 20, 2012, 5:54 am

    Tammy, you continue to be an inspiration. You go girl!

  • terry shapiro September 20, 2012, 5:57 am

    happiness is… remembering i am okay just the way i am.

  • Sue P September 20, 2012, 5:58 am

    Happiness is knowing that those most dear to me are well and believing that my efforts have, in some way, bettered the life of another person today.

  • Janet Cornett September 20, 2012, 6:00 am

    Happiness is waking up next to my husband of 35 years this Dec. 25 and knowing through the hard times. and the good times I still get to hear his snoring next to me. We struggle to make the first 20 years and now have all we need and find we need so little to be happy

  • Lauren September 20, 2012, 6:09 am

    Happiness is seeing beauty in everything and everyone.

  • Tabitha U September 20, 2012, 6:11 am

    Happiness is a communal meal with loved ones.

  • Regina Lennox September 20, 2012, 6:12 am

    Happiness is knowing that the joy of the Lord truly is my strength.

  • Angel Gouge September 20, 2012, 6:17 am

    Happiness is expansive

  • Sarah W September 20, 2012, 6:19 am

    Happiness is open sky, puppy dog smiles, kitties playing and furry body leans in my direction.

  • Sara September 20, 2012, 6:20 am

    Happiness is to live.

  • Anthony September 20, 2012, 6:21 am

    Happiness is… Starting over, simply, easily and effortlessly. In a kind, loving way.

    Thank you for your inspiration.

  • Lynette Hammer September 20, 2012, 6:22 am

    Happiness is your own bed and pillows after being away from home for a week long training for work.

  • Nickie September 20, 2012, 6:22 am

    Happiness is loving what you’ve got.

  • Joe3 September 20, 2012, 6:22 am

    Happiness is living is a small world, small home, small mortgage, smaller utility bills, and working two days a week to pay for it all … and having a LARGE amount of time for family, friends, and doing those things that I love and want to do rather than need to do … it’s a great life !!

  • Patty B September 20, 2012, 6:30 am

    Happiness is having a personal relationship with God.

  • Arianne Rox September 20, 2012, 6:35 am

    Happiness is…living simply…
    Such that others…might simply live 🙂

  • Sharon J September 20, 2012, 6:36 am

    Happiness is simply living to be happy by enjoying your family and life.

  • Patti J September 20, 2012, 6:37 am

    Happiness is a steaming cup of coffee watching the sun rise for another day.

  • Carly September 20, 2012, 6:41 am

    Happiness is a leisurely fall bike ride.

  • Jay Creighton September 20, 2012, 6:45 am

    Happiness is… walking the dogs along the path in the fresh, clean autumn air.

  • Shawn September 20, 2012, 6:50 am

    Happiness is… knowing that great words to live by should originate from yourself.

  • Garima K September 20, 2012, 6:56 am

    Happiness is letting go of your expectations. This is the hardest but surest way to find contentment.

  • suresh September 20, 2012, 6:58 am

    Happiness is not the antonym of a trouble-free life, but a synonym of overcoming those troubles!

  • Amber September 20, 2012, 7:01 am

    Happiness is spending time with my sister William.

  • Diana B. September 20, 2012, 7:05 am

    Happiness is having needs met for you and your loved ones … and realizing how few things you truly need, letting go of the wants, and getting on with enjoying your life.

  • Jamie September 20, 2012, 7:08 am

    Happiness is knowing your loved ones are safe, sound and happy.

  • Martha September 20, 2012, 7:10 am

    Happiness is… Trying and trying, coming close to quitting, trying some more and finally mastering a goal.

  • Laura Lemke September 20, 2012, 7:10 am

    waking up to my 3 little dogs and coming back home to them every day

  • Burke September 20, 2012, 7:13 am

    Happiness is an old bike and a new morning.

  • Toshiko September 20, 2012, 7:19 am

    to see the smiles of the people around me.

  • Bethany September 20, 2012, 7:29 am

    Happiness is….finding sand in my bag this morning that came from a summer vacation to Donner Lake.

  • Kathy H. September 20, 2012, 7:33 am

    Happiness is knowing that you have the ability to comfort yourself in trying times by your willingness to do more with less and enjoying it enthusiastically and gracefully.

  • Dru Thomason September 20, 2012, 7:39 am

    Happiness is being with loved ones – no matter how small [or large] the space.

  • Andre'a September 20, 2012, 7:40 am

    Happiness is Dreaming BIG & Living Small : )

  • shane September 20, 2012, 7:42 am

    Happiness is…my daughters yelling “daddy!” with smiles and arms extended to be picked-up

  • Karrie Chapman September 20, 2012, 7:45 am

    Happiness is not worrying about what you want because you have what you need.

  • Flo September 20, 2012, 7:48 am

    Happiness is going to sleep at night with a feeling that you’ve done meaningful things during the day

  • Moontree Ranch September 20, 2012, 7:52 am

    Happiness is ….what you make of it.

  • Tanya September 20, 2012, 8:00 am

    Happiness is having time to give, love to share, and energy to help.
    Wishing you all the best with your book!

  • Sharon September 20, 2012, 8:00 am

    A big, warm dog in a tiny house.

  • Athena Wanderer September 20, 2012, 8:01 am

    “Happiness is…after 50 years of grinding poverty, being able to get a single-axle trailer and building with my own two hands the last house I’ll ever live in; and the triumph thru tears of knowing that no one can throw me out of my home because I’m poor.

  • Jim Peterson September 20, 2012, 8:10 am

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    Happiness is figuring out what it is that makes you unique in all the universe and then giving yourself permission to BE that which you already are.
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  • Trena Thomas September 20, 2012, 8:10 am

    Happiness is a life filled with possibilities created by living simply and being available to what each day has to offer.

  • Robert September 20, 2012, 8:14 am

    Happiness is a friend found.

  • Michael September 20, 2012, 8:17 am

    Happiness is learning something new every day.

  • Michael Hudson September 20, 2012, 8:18 am

    Happiness is contentment.

  • Don Elwell September 20, 2012, 8:22 am

    Happiness is owning my own life.

  • chalres c prinsen September 20, 2012, 8:30 am

    Happiness is the moment you realize that living smaller doesnt mean living with less it means living your life more fully with joy peace and freedom to do the things you love more

  • Pat September 20, 2012, 8:36 am

    Happiness is a way of living, not a state of being.

  • Melissa C September 20, 2012, 8:37 am

    Happiness is the end of a hot summer and the smile of a 6 year old when he is proud of himself.

  • Megan September 20, 2012, 8:40 am

    Happiness is morning coffee!

  • Kim September 20, 2012, 8:41 am

    Happiness is living a simple, sustainable, green life in a quiet beautiful setting.

  • Jackie September 20, 2012, 8:44 am

    Happiness is getting the to-do list done.

  • Karla Chase September 20, 2012, 8:53 am

    Happiness is the smell of autumn in the Rocky Mountains. The smell of aspen and pine, heavenly!

  • Sara September 20, 2012, 8:56 am

    Happiness is my two year old singing to me.

  • Liz September 20, 2012, 8:58 am

    Happiness is being able to spend lots of time outside in the summer!

  • Tala September 20, 2012, 9:00 am

    Happiness is hearing my dog’s tail banging on the door casing before I ever get the door open then seeing her entire body wiggle in excitement to welcome me in. Waking up each morning and reading a good book in bed.
    Happiness is that “AH-HA” moment when you realize something you have felt was best for your family is finally achievable.

  • ECP September 20, 2012, 9:08 am

    …being useful.

  • maria constantino September 20, 2012, 9:17 am

    Happiness is a walk in a beautiful forest.

  • Traci Wright September 20, 2012, 9:25 am

    Happiness is…..simplicity, quiet time to enjoy nature and being part of it, creating, being around loved ones, and not being in debt.

  • Kay Sarginson September 20, 2012, 9:26 am

    Happiness is…getting one more person a job in this crazy job market.
    (20 year Executive Recruiter)

  • Paul Holder September 20, 2012, 9:31 am

    Me on my bike with a full tank of gas and a curvey mountain road ahead.

  • Jerry September 20, 2012, 9:43 am

    Happiness is the ultimate goal.

  • Katie September 20, 2012, 9:45 am

    Happiness is time with my family, good books and beautiful fall days.

  • Sara September 20, 2012, 9:50 am

    Happiness is life, love, family and friends, flowers, dogs and sunshine!

  • Jim Hurst September 20, 2012, 10:00 am

    Happiness is self-sufficiency.

  • Susan N September 20, 2012, 10:00 am

    Happiness is being with family and friends. I really love my family and friends.

  • alyson earl September 20, 2012, 10:20 am

    Happiness is deciding what I want and letting myself create it.

  • Anonymous September 20, 2012, 10:32 am

    Happiness is… black coffee and a bag of pepperidge farm chessmen at my desk, while doing my favorite work with the Costa Rican Pacific in in the background.

  • Heatherr September 20, 2012, 10:35 am

    Happiness is letting go, forgiving and believing that the universe will provide exactly what we need.

  • Pia September 20, 2012, 10:47 am

    Happiness is right here, right now, all you have to do is embrace it.

  • Jennie Walker Knoot September 20, 2012, 10:58 am

    Happiness is wanting what you have and cherishing the moment as much as its memory.

  • D.LeKing September 20, 2012, 10:58 am

    Happiness is something I often think is for others and not for me. And yet, when I am re-united with my two young daughters I experience something I could call happiness – but it feels mostly like Serenity . . .

  • Roberta September 20, 2012, 11:05 am

    Happiness is family, friends and faith.

  • Audrey September 20, 2012, 11:19 am

    Happiness is . . . preparing to meet my fiancé’s family for the first time and being tickled to use the word fiancé at age 53!

  • DebC September 20, 2012, 11:27 am

    Happiness is finding someone’s reading list 🙂
    and coffee.
    and chocolate.

  • bonitarose September 20, 2012, 11:38 am
  • daisym September 20, 2012, 11:49 am

    Happiness is living unafraid!

  • Kristina September 20, 2012, 12:06 pm

    Happiness is possible with less than you might think!

  • maribeth stivers September 20, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Happiness is a good book, a warm cup of cocoa and a purring cat on a wintery day.

  • Tracy September 20, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Happiness is enjoying life to the fullest without possessions weighing you down. It’s experiences and creating happy memories. It is good food and music, love, contentment, nature, pursuing your passions, and living uninhibited and free.

  • Marie Connolly-Whitmore September 20, 2012, 12:36 pm

    HAPPINESS is so-o-o-o-o-o-o much more than any of us knew in our younger days !!! //

  • Linda Harris September 20, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Happiness is knowing that my value lies not in what I own but in who I am and the relationships I have. What I own merely makes my life a little more comfortable. If it’s not useful, beautiful or inspiring, it needs to go.

  • Dr Dave Frahm, ND September 20, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Happiness is a walk by my favorite crick with my invisible dog Gizmo and Mr. Canon, my toy camera.

  • Valerie Clark September 20, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Happiness is climbing into bed with my sweet husband!

  • darlene September 20, 2012, 1:09 pm

    Happiness is time with my family, having people enjoy my photography and waking up everyday after having breast cancer in 2011.

  • Erin September 20, 2012, 1:14 pm

    Happiness is… winning this book!
    Also, happiness is…living boldy.
    Laughing a big belly laugh with your bff.
    Nailing crane pose for 7 seconds in yoga.
    Playing in the ocean.
    Snuggling in bed.
    ….
    Thank you for writing such a beautiful book, I hope I win 🙂

  • Sarah September 20, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Happiness is an afternoon walk in the woods, the smell of the pines in my lungs and my journal…a completely perfect day!

  • Garnet Ryder September 20, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Happiness is sitting beside my wife (Shelly) in a comfy chair, with a good book, a cup of Earl Grey Vanilla tea, and my fur-kids cuddling on either side (two chihauhua’s – Lola & Charlie) with nothing to do but relax & read.

  • Jen September 20, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Happiness is creating a gift to give another.

  • Kristin September 20, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Happiness is the unconditional love of my dogs greeting me at the door at the end of the work day.

  • Eddie Alcorn September 20, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Happiness is when you wake up every morning and see the sun crest over the earth’s surface and you thank God for another day.

  • April September 20, 2012, 2:38 pm

    Happiness was stumbling onto your blog post over at zenhabits but reading about his site in Times – your post was very helpful and brought me happiness – simple little things… that’s really all it takes. Thank you.

  • Courtney Koehler September 20, 2012, 2:50 pm

    Happiness is…
    Fall day with warm sun
    feet in grass with Zachary
    good coffee to warm my soul

  • Ray Casanova September 20, 2012, 3:40 pm

    happiness is simplicity

  • Michael September 20, 2012, 3:45 pm

    Happiness is watching my 1 year old wake up in the morning with a big smile on her face!

  • Eva September 20, 2012, 3:49 pm

    Happiness is knowing what the real meaning of contentment is.

  • Nicci September 20, 2012, 4:17 pm

    Happiness is being present and alive.

  • Amy September 20, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Happiness is snuggling with my cats.

  • Rosa September 20, 2012, 4:37 pm

    Happiness is completely paying off my credit card debt.

  • Jordan September 20, 2012, 4:37 pm

    Happiness is . . . seeing that 376 (and still counting) other folks have discovered the “Secret to Life & Happiness”; and by knowing it, will pay it forward. That makes my heart smile and gives me hope.

  • Miriam September 20, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Happiness is a courageous choice. I don’t believe it has much to do with what’s going on outside, as some of the happiest people I’ve met have difficult lives.

  • carla September 20, 2012, 5:00 pm

    I found you this evening on Zen Habits and thought — she thinks what I think! I, too, lost my father earlier this year and found the time with him during his last days to be a lot of things: overwhelming, sad, crushing, beautiful, joyous, insightful, loving and filling in with memories.

    I then ventured here and noticed your closet re-organizing post on Be More with Less and laughed out loud (nearly dispensing the tears from those last days with Dad). I just went through a closet purging, donation gathering, reorganizing as well — a little weird in a good way. Anyway, it flet like the house got lighter — and so did I.

    Thanks for reminding me that there are others out there like me, it makes the journey a lot more interesting.

  • Joyce Doenges September 20, 2012, 5:09 pm

    Happiness is…the opportunity to just be me.

  • Lisa September 20, 2012, 5:13 pm

    Happiness is…..good health.

  • shellie September 20, 2012, 5:35 pm

    happiness is coming home to my happy, happy bulldog. Always happy to see me.

  • Carissa September 20, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Happiness is challenging myself, and succeeding beyond my wildest dreams.

  • Anita K. September 20, 2012, 5:50 pm

    Happiness is quitting my job and spending the days with my special needs daughter :-)!

  • Pris September 20, 2012, 5:51 pm

    Happiness is learning that there is something to be thankful for at any given moment.

  • tracynicholrose September 20, 2012, 6:43 pm

    Happiness is…having a husband who knows to make me tea when I’m holed up in bed with a migraine.

  • Eric Foster September 20, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Happiness is… lacking in my life. I need to simplify, have more fun, and be happier! 🙂

  • BIG LAKE ~ tiny house September 20, 2012, 7:27 pm

    Happiness is hearing my husband’s voice on the phone while he’s away fighting wildfires.

  • Vinu September 20, 2012, 7:35 pm

    Happiness is making peace with the situation that we cannot control.

  • Iveth Caruso September 20, 2012, 7:39 pm

    Happiness is…truly spending time with my children.
    & happiness is traveling:)

  • Mrs. GV September 20, 2012, 7:45 pm

    Happiness is…..sitting on my deck and listening to the crunch of the deer walking through the brush and fallen leaves behind my house.

  • Yujing September 20, 2012, 7:53 pm

    Happiness is to aware of expanding myself.

  • Andrea Burns September 20, 2012, 8:43 pm

    Happiness is… napping in the sunshine, with both of my furry babies.

  • Joel Zaslofsky September 20, 2012, 8:53 pm

    Happiness is not a fish that you can catch. That’s not an original Tammy, but I find it true. It’s the title of a great Our Lady Peace album from the 1990s.

  • Jennifer September 20, 2012, 8:58 pm

    Spending the day as a family

  • Kim September 20, 2012, 9:04 pm

    Happiness is a simple day with my family.

  • Tara September 20, 2012, 9:07 pm

    Happiness is…. a warm gun. That’s the fastest I’ve ever finished someone else’s sentence! Can’t help it when Beatles lyrics take over 🙂

  • coco September 20, 2012, 9:58 pm

    Happiness is rocking my toddler to sleep.

  • Luis September 20, 2012, 11:18 pm

    Happiness is inside my since I was born but like all “babies” my eyes still not open to see reality: Happiness is here all the time.

  • Joyce September 21, 2012, 12:30 am

    happiness is the freedom to live the life i want, with the ones I love

  • Jill September 21, 2012, 12:31 am

    Happiness is… my little boy’s giggles!

  • Don Fowler September 21, 2012, 12:59 am

    Happiness is hard for me, but I try very hard each and every day.

  • Michael September 21, 2012, 2:26 am

    Happiness is… having hundreds of people comment on your blog post. (NOT an entry just commenting)

  • Scott Fisher September 21, 2012, 2:31 am

    Happiness is finally getting your career on track by pursuing what you want to DO, rather than chasing after MORE MONEY.

  • Rey September 21, 2012, 4:10 am

    happiness is.. something that multiply when shared and come from within.

  • Charlene Puryear September 21, 2012, 4:42 am

    Happiness is reading about tiny houses, simple living, and thinking outside the box.

  • Cindy September 21, 2012, 4:52 am

    Happiness is…
    sitting on the sand and watching the sun sink down into the Gulf of Mexico while my son plays.

  • aspirinix September 21, 2012, 4:59 am

    Happiness is!

  • Sophie September 21, 2012, 5:01 am

    Happiness is reading books to my daughter

  • Sarah Wolf September 21, 2012, 5:17 am

    Happiness is snuggling on the couch with my three dogs and conversing with my sweet husband.

  • denise September 21, 2012, 5:46 am

    happiness is cutting flowers from your backyard and putting them in a vase that your kids made you in grade school. those kids are in high school now.