Best gift idea of the year & giveaway

October 12, 2016

gift-ideaIf you’re looking for a special gift for a BFF, mother, sister –for whatever occasion, birthday, holiday, look no further. I have the best gift idea for you.

Simply Happy‘s subtitle is “A Crash Course in Chicken Soup for the Soul Advice and Wisdom.”  It’s by Chicken Soup publisher and editor-in-chief Amy Newmark, who set out to distill the wisdom from all the many Chicken Soup anthologies into a single volume of great, actionable tips.

In a word? Great. It’s a really neat little package of positive advice on everything from not being afraid to speak out and learning to love your body to what you can accomplish in a single spare minute.  That’s right: one minute.  Who wouldn’t want a book of universal wisdom, born of the experience of hundreds of women? That’s why it’s such a great gift idea.

There’s a section on removing toxic people –frenemies–from our lives, another on forgiveness and one of my favorites, a chapter titled “My Mother is an Alien.” It’s about daring to be different when raising children. Yes, something for everyone in this book.

Everything we need to improve our lives is inside us, Newmark says, and then proves it by this easy-to-read, helpful book, perfect for bedtime reading or even a lazy afternoon with a cup of tea.

In fact, a lovely gift idea would be the book, a beautiful tea cup and a box of tea. I know I’d love to get a gift like that for Christmas or my birthday.

I’ve sold a couple of essays to the Chicken Soup series and I know that not everyone is interested in every Chicken Soup title. But this is one book that anyone would love and benefit from.


Want a copy? I’m doing a giveaway.   To qualify for the giveaway, leave a comment (and make sure your email address is in the comment sign-in so I can notify you if you win). Giveaway ends on Friday, Oct. 14 at 11:59 p.m. and sorry, giveaway is only open to residents of the continental U.S.

Amy sent me a copy of this book for an honest review–and you just got it. I love this book and think it makes a perfect gift. I know you will agree.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the giveaway–and all shares are welcomed!

45 comments on “Best gift idea of the year & giveaway
  1. Diana M Moore says:

    I would !I’ve to win..???????? I would be d it to my daughter or daughter-in-law.

  2. Let’s all be happy, happy, happy. We need to remember it is a choice.

  3. Leanne says:

    It sounds wonderful Carol – but I’m a bit far away to win it. Looks like I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled in the bookstore for when it arrives Down Under.

  4. When my friend Keahi passed away last Sunday I vowed to continue her legacy. She was happy! And people loved her because she was happy. I have an enormous debt to her, she was there for me all the time, but one day, one very bad day, she saved me. I am going to repay that debt by looking after everyone she left behind with the tools she taught me. I am going to be happy. I have been reading as much and I can on being happy, which actually seems to be more of a verb….being happy….than just the noun happy. My love to you dear friend, enjoy your day today and remember you are loved

  5. Martine says:

    I would love to win.

  6. Sheryl Kraft says:

    Love the sentiment of this book and would love to read it! Who can’t benefit from some happiness tips? (hint: ALL of us 🙂 Thanks for posting about it, Carol.

  7. Cori says:

    Cool! Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  8. I love the Chicken Soup Series and this one sounds so positive. Books are my go to gift and this one will go on my list!

  9. hillsmom says:

    Thanks Carol, It’s good time to post something positive especially to distract us from the toxic political climate. I woke my DH up last night to tell him that I’m really afraid of what could be ahead. An ordinary woman was saying that if her candidate didn’t win, she would be willing to take part in a revolution. Of course the candidate in question has been fomenting acts of violence. I did not sleep well last night…8-(

  10. Diane says:

    I’ll go and order my copy. Sigh . . .
    Kidding! Thank you for the heads-up. Sounds like a must-read!

  11. How to accomplish something in a minute???? Sign me up. Oh, and the chapter on forgiveness, I need that too.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  12. Barbara says:

    I’ve been a fan of Chicken Soup For the Soul forever. In this evil climate we’re experiencing now I can’t think of a better gift for the Holidays. I will get this for many friends and family. Thanks for the review, Carol.

  13. PatU says:

    I could always use a little cheering up. 😉

    Pick me! Pick me!

  14. Elisabeth Wallace says:

    With all the negativity going on in the world right now I am glad to hear about this positive book and message. I hope we can all find ways to be happy.

  15. Susan says:

    How neat — I love the Chicken Soup books, and this one sounds like possibly the best one yet. Thank you for introducing me to it, and for the giveaway!

  16. candy says:

    Chicken Soup books are always wonderful so this would be awesome to win.

  17. Amber Myers says:

    Great giveaway! The book looks like a good one.

  18. Valerie says:

    I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Very inspirational.

  19. Crystal gard says:

    I have always enjoyed reading the chicken soup books

  20. Fiona says:

    Shame I’m in the UK and can’t enter the giveaway, but the book looks great and I’m already thinking it would make a great Christmas present for my auntie as I know she loves the Chicken Soup books. Thank you for the idea!

  21. I used to read these series as a child and I enjoyed the, definitely heart warming and a great gift 🙂

  22. Elizabeth O. says:

    Chicken Soup is such an inspiring book and it’s awesome that there’s a compilation like this. It’s definitely a lovely gift idea even if you’re giving it to yourself. That’s awesome.

  23. jill conyers says:

    Awesome giveaway. This is a great gift idea.

  24. jill conyers says:

    Hit post comment too quickly. I know so many people that love the Chicken Soup book.

  25. Love books that are inspirational and there is no doubt that Chicken Soup for the Soul is one of my favorite reads of all. Thanks for the giveaway =)

  26. Liz Mays says:

    I’ll bet the toxic friends section is really interesting. I’ve had to eliminate a few people for that reason!

  27. Kelly Reci says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! My sister is a book lover she would love it for sure. Glad that I found this.

  28. Myteenguide says:

    Wow, what a nice giveaway! Sounds like a wonderful read for the Holidays!

  29. I agree, great gift idea. I would love to win this book so I can read it!

  30. Ourfamilyworld says:

    That Chicken soup four the soul series set is love! Nice giveaway!

  31. Michelle T says:

    This book is a great gift idea for my mom for Christmas. She needs something positive to read. Thanks for the idea.

  32. I remember reading the Chicken Soup books many years ago! So wonderfully positive!

  33. Rosemond says:

    I loved the Chicken Soup series and have been a huge Jack Canfield fan. I could use a little Chicken Soup for my soul right about now!

  34. Holly says:

    Sounds like a good read. Someone will be a lucky winner.

  35. This sounds like a good book. If I can’t win,is it for sale anywhere? Chicken Soup for the Soul should always be given w/tissues.

  36. angie says:

    sometimes it is so hard to stay happy when the world is crazy would love to read this book

  37. courtney says:

    I’ve always loved the Chicken Soup books and I love that there are so many variations for any kind of gift,

    La Belle Sirene 

  38. Lisa Rios says:

    Sounds like a wonderful gift idea and these Chicken Soup series books sounds amazing as well. The giveaway looks very much interesting and hope I could make use of it!

  39. Sarah swan says:

    I could use this for myself right noe????❤️️

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