Wednesday, March 28, 2012

guest post and giveaway!

Bryan Cohen here, guest poster and author, promoting my new book The Post-College Guide to Happiness for The Happiness Blog Tour. 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. "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
-Marcel Proust The Flower or the Weed Let's take a break from thinking whether or not you're happy. Let's ask a more difficult question, "Do you make other people happy?" This can be a tough question to swallow if you've never considered it before. It requires that you think back over your recent and more distant memories to determine whether or not you've improved the countenances of others. Are you one of these gardeners that Proust refers to here or are you the one who poisons the beautiful display of nature? Are you the flower or are you the weed? Some of you might think to yourselves, "Why does it matter? What matters is my own happiness." If you've read some of my previous posts on this tour, you know that many famous happiness historians believe that the best way to obtain happiness is by bestowing it onto others. This spreading of happiness seeds may take the form of kind gestures, encouragement, empathic listening and charitable contributions. There are many ways to increase the happiness levels in other people's lives. It's up to you to make it a priority in your life if you want to take this tried and true path toward your own happiness. Why are some people the poisoning weed in this scenario? What makes people infect others with their unhappiness? There is no clear cut answer. There are some who enjoy stealing the power of others by belittling those beneath them. For these folks, they feel as though the buzz they get from insulting and yelling leads to strength for them, when in actuality it shows a great deal of weakness. Others are mean and nasty because they've had a rough life and all their previous attempts to show compassion were met with a painful end. It's tough to blame them, but if you encounter such a person, it's up to you to try not to feed into his or her world view. Stop the chain by being kind and perhaps this individual can learn to be more of a gardener him or herself. If you truly answer the question of whether you're the flower or the weed and you find that you're not on the side you'd hoped for, it's up to you and you alone to fix things. Start making small changes in your everyday life to spread more happiness and joy. You don't have to be bubbling with energy all the time, you simply need to keep in mind that the best way to be happy is to make the happiness of others a priority. Try it out and watch your garden flourish.

-- 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) 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. Feel free to follow along with the tour at The Happiness Blog Tour Hub Page or on the book's Facebook Page.


  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  2. Thanks Tifferz for having me! You have been entered Victoria! Feel free to enter other readers!