1. What is your book Say Yes to Life about?
2. You write about being happy even when you don’t have any reasons to be happy. What would you say to someone who is in a perfect storm, someone who just got fired from his job a few days ago and whose wife announced her wish for a divorce the next day, and then the next day his dog got sick and needed to go to the vet?
3. Have you had any experiences of depression in your life?
4. Are there any compelling examples of somebody who experienced loss and yet didn’t let the loss rob them of living a happy life?
One of my mentors, Marci Shimoff, has interviewed dozens of people about happiness as part of her research. She tells the story of a middle-aged lady who lost her eyesight when she put eye drops in her eyes right after purchasing them. The lady spent almost a year in bed having a pity party day after day. Eventually she got in touch with her love for life–she caught hold of the awareness that life is for living. She began exploring how to live a fulfilling life as a sightless person. Now she has an active life. She’s even skiing. She says she’s happier now that ever before and looking back she’s grateful for the journey.