Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Happiness Blog Tour and Giveaway

 GIVEAWAY of Digital Review Copies and a KINDLE FIRE!!  

See below for directions on how to enter the contest.

Please click on the book cover to purchase the book.

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.

"I can sympathize with people’s pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness."

– Aldous Huxley

I believe that there is a formula to happiness. If you work on certain parts of your life and you take on certain happiness workouts, you are bound to be as happy as you can possibly be. There's only one fly in the ointment here and Huxley touches on it in his quote. Everybody's happiness formula is different. These formulas may be similar from person to person or drastically different. The problem that a lot of people run into is that they think something that makes their neighbor, friend or family member happy is going to make them happy as well.

I used to be the kind of person that would really latch onto what made other people happy. I'd see a friend's eyes light up when he received a toy or a cool magazine. I'd watch a character on TV find his true love and I obsessed over getting the same for myself. I loved seeing these people and characters find happiness because it meant that maybe someday I could secure that happiness as well. It took me a long time to realize that this was not the best way to approximate my own happiness. In many cases, I was way off from what would truly make me fulfilled.

I needed goals and hard work to feel like I was being useful and productive. My friends would go out drinking and partying and would use these things to blow off steam. I didn't want to blow off steam because getting things accomplished made me feel as good as a whisky sour made my friends feel. If I had simply assumed that what they did to have a good time should make me happier, I would probably be pretty down in the dumps right now. By the same token, what I've done to find improved levels of happiness might not work for you either.

This is why in my book, The Post-College Guide to Happiness, I've set out seven different chapters for seven different kinds of people. There's a chapter for those looking for love and one for those trying to get as much education as possible. There's a career-oriented chapter, a religion-oriented chapter and several others as well. I hope that the book can help you to create your own formula for happiness. Don't get caught up in how I did it or how your friends have done it. Sit down with a sheet of paper and think for a minute about what would make you happy. Follow that formula and it won't take long for you to start solving the equation of your joy.

Brian will take care of choosing the winners.
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Good Luck!!

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 on my blog 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 Elizabeth for letting me be a part of your blog today!

    Wonderful, dear readers, feel free to enter with your e-mail addresses below. Thanks!

  2. A really fun and interesting post. Good luck to Bryan!

    If you've the time, pop over to my blog. I'm the bestselling and award winning author of the Bella and Britt series for kids. Katrina and Winter: (the dolphin)will be released next month.


  3. Wonderful giveaway thank you! The book sounds very good! I could use a guide lol!


  4. Haha I think I need to go to college first!!! I follow your blog by email ;) thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  5. Sounds like a really cool book (and something a lot of people would benefit form). Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  6. Thanks to the two folks who entered in the giveaway!

    If anyone else would like to enter, remember to put your e-mail address below or to e-mail me at postcollegehappiness at so that I can make it official :).

  7. I kinda wish I saw this book when I was just out of college, but I am sure it will be as good 5 years later as it would have been than. Can't wait to read it.