After this post went viral, the site exploded and won Best Blog in the World two years in a row, scoring over 50 million hits, turning into a series of books, and getting me invited to do a TED Talk, speak to royal families, and travel around the world talking about the power of optimism. That letter became my new book Now in my life I’m focused on new projects like The Institute for Global Happiness, speaking about positive mindset, and most importantly, raising a family with Leslie.
Like a recipe for a great dish, it’s about having a combination of ingredients working in your favour: a couple of well-lit, authentic pictures of yourself, combined with a pinch of wit, a decent helping of honesty, and generous servings of thoughtfulness, individuality, and attention to detail.
I lost forty pounds due to stress and wasn’t eating or sleeping well during this time. This is all why a few months ago I decided to finally quit my job at Walmart and live by the adage: “The longer you hold your breath under water the more interesting place you’ll come up.” Life is random, chaotic, tiny short miracle. For 1000 of those days this was my home and it’s where I began my journey towards finding happiness in my own life.
I was processing those losses and working a full-time job at Walmart the whole time — writing every night, writing every weekend, saying no to every invitation, relationship, and “outside the blog” opportunity that came my way. You have my promise to always keep this site up, keep it running, and keep it ad-free.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, May 1, 2013.
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