Are We Happy Yet? [book review]

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life

Are we happy yet

What would you say if I told you there’s a formula for happiness? What if I told you happiness is available to all but isn’t something you’re entitled to? Would you believe me if I told you happiness comes from inside and not from anything external—not stuff, not people, not circumstances?

What would you say if I told you the keys to unlocking happiness were available in paperback?

Are We Happy Yet? author Lisa Cypers Kamen says happiness comes from the transformative power of self-mastery, and that happiness isn’t the destination but a byproduct of the journey.

Curious? There’s more.

In her book, she confronts common objections for why we aren’t or can’t be happy. Trauma, genetic depression, real problems, etc. Not discounting the challenges we face, there are ample exercises and quizzes to help us gauge where we’re at happiness-wise and arm ourselves with the data we need to move forward, towards a happier life. She challenges us to deal with the mental horde of stuff packed away in our attic and take a more emotional minimalist approach—let it go!

Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life

  1. Life is tough, but happiness is available to us all
  2. Your inner child is your inner sage available to guide you
  3. More is not always better
  4. We cannot control life, only ourselves
  5. Our happiness is our personal responsibility
  6. Choose activities and people that foster happiness
  7. Treat yourself the way you wish to be treated
  8. Happiness is an inside job. Happiness is your inside job

Each of the eight keys is defined, explained, and unpacked using storytelling, clear language, and motivational exercises. If you’re wondering where your happiness roadblocks are, this book will help you define, deal with, and move past them.

The new revised edition of Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life releases March 20, 2017.

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life is an exciting fusion of science and heart, offering a guide in creating our own personal “happiness revolution.”
Lisa Cypers Kamen, an internationally known applied positive psychology coach, lifestyle management specialist and Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio show host, gives us the keys to her breakthrough system for cultivating sustainable wellbeing and happiness in our lives from the inside out— regardless of external circumstance. Lisa’s techniques combine mental, emotional and spiritual muscle-building training for greater resiliency, self-mastery and optimal living.

Her inspiring and practical tips, keys, and exercises will boost your “Happiness-Factor” to new levels and show you how to tap into the joy and peace you deserve.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Accept the past for what it is—a reference point, not a destination
  • Embrace the truth that while life is tough, you can be happy
  • Transform your relationship with yourself from enemy to ally
  • Appreciate why less is often more
  • Focus on what’s right with your life, not what’s wrong
  • Control the only person you can—yourself
  • Invest in yourself to become more mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually fit
  • Use your newly discovered joy to become a more positive and productive influence in the world—and much more

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life is available at your favourite neighbourhood or online bookseller.

Blog Tour-Gilbert Morris

Gilbert Morris

I’ve never participated in a blog tour before, but I’m intrigued by the idea. I mean, does anyone even do the physical book signing book tour thing anymore?

Actually I know they do but I think the whole idea of a virtual book tour is fantastic. So today is my day to highlight Gilbert Morris and his new book The River Rose.

This is the tour part. For the book part, see my review of The River Rose.

Mr. Morris, you used to record your stories and then had them transcribed. Are you still using this technique?

Yes, I do dictate all my books. I take the outline and the list of characters, and put each chapter on a cassette. Then I have a lady take the tapes, type them out, and send them to me. Of course, when I get the hard copy, that’s usually when the hard work of revision rears its ugly head! My daughter Lynn, who has written some fine novels, helps me with this stage, for which I am profoundly grateful.

What fascinates you most about 1850s Mississippi?

It was a dramatic time in American history. The Civil War, the rise of modern transportation, the beginning of our industrial growth.

How did you decide to set your story on a steamer?

When I was a boy, I lived for a time in Helena, Arkansas. The river then was still thick with the sternwheelers, and I would sit for hours on the bank of the river and watch them, and riding on one was a thrill.

When you’re writing a series such as the Water Wheel series, how do you decide which characters to carry over into the sequels?

I usually make this decision before I begin the first novel in the series. Some generational sagas lend themselves to stepping from one book to another, others I like to confine to one book. I have a signed a contract to do a trilogy about San Francisco in the 1850s. That opens up the door for a family to go through (1) the gold rush of 1849, (2) the rise of rich people and how they are brought down, and (3) the earthquake and how the family survives and strengthens.

Do you have a long-term plan for your novel writing?

I am working on three series at the present time. One will deal with the men and women who serve in different branches of the service. Another is the second novel about a young woman, Jordan Lee, who serves in the military, then in the House of Representatives. The work I most enjoy is a series of mysteries featuring a man and a woman—and two cats. I’ve written three of these, and have had a blast! They are my favourite novels. The next one will be entitled Desperate Housecats. And no, I will never retire!

Ways to connect with Gilbert Morris:

The River Rose [Book Review]

A month or so ago I received a review copy of The River Rose and, to be honest, the main reason I decided to read it was because when researching author Gilbert Morris I found him so intriguing my curiosity got the better of me.

Here’s why: Morris is prolific, to say the least. After writing his first novel at age 50 he’s gone on to write an average of one book per month…for a running total of 288.


So I not only signed on to read the book, but to participate in a blog tour as well.

And if you want to win a copy of The River Rose just leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to win. There’s one hitch, you need a US mailing address to enter. The winner will be chosen on July 13, 2012 by and notified by email (so make sure you leave a way for me to contact you). The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

The reason I hesitated to take this project on is because I don’t indulge in a lot of inspirational historical romances. Because the ones I have read are cheesy. And was nervous this book would be cheesy. And then I wouldn’t know what to write about.

However, after asking around to (what I assume is) the target audience of this genre I learned there are many people who enjoy not only the subject matter but this author in particular. So I opted to press on. Maybe they were on to something.

We meet Jeanne in Memphis, at the turn of the 20th century. Over the past few years she’s had a rough go of things but a surprise inheritance—of half a steamboat—is about to change her life…in more ways than you expect!

That’s my blurb, just so you know. The book blurb goes on for a few more sentences (like 17) and tells you most of the plot. This makes the first 100 pages a bit redundant but once you actually get on the steamboat the story picks up.

Because the steamboat actually is the main setting, not Memphis. For me this is where the storyline became interesting as I’ve rarely read about steamboats and never considered how trading and export actually happened along the rivers before trains and planes and automobiles.

And guess what? It was a grand adventure! And it wasn’t too cheesy! And after swearing to my husband this book would NOT cause me to cry I found myself not only getting teary, but laughing out loud at a couple surprising plot twists.

Although predictable in some aspects (it is a romance) there were really enough logical surprises to hold my interest. I’m glad I read this book.

If you’re a writer you’ll understand how impressive it is to write one book in one month, so one book PER month is really amazing. However, if you’re a writer you’ll also be able to tell it was quickly written. There are some problems with head hopping and distracting and redundant adjectives. My advice would be to employ a really thorough editor, but what do I know. I’ve never written a book.

The River Rose: A Water Wheel Novel was released June 1, 2012 from B&H Publishing Group and is available in hardcover, in paperback, and for Kindle.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions on this blog (as always) are my own.