Sunday, April 15, 2012

Guest Post: The Happiness Blog Tour and Giveaway

***DRUM ROLLS*** Please welcome our guest blogger today here in Turknoy: Bryan Cohen and his great work: The Post-College Guide To Happiness. Now, let's all follow that guide and make sure we are happy after college, after all our life doesn't end after our education. Or is it we don't really need education to have a life? Oh well, he knows better so here he goes:


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. "Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness."- Leo Tolstoy

  What You Do When you're at a cocktail party (if they still have those) one of the most frequent questions you might hear is "What do you do for a living?" While it helps a lot to learn this answer when you want to broadly get to know someone, there is a much better question you could ask. If more people asked and talked about this particular question, we might live in a happier and healthier world. The question in question is "What do you do for a service?"

Nearly everyone does something for a living, whether or not she likes it. This job could be enjoyable but it may also be the kind of hell on earth that leads to frowning, hair pulling and a bit of banging one's head on the wall. People get jobs like this either out of necessity, settling or for a sizeable paycheck. But if you get a job for a service and a calling, you're much more likely to enjoy it. Ask me what I do and I'll tell you I'm a writer of self-help and writing reference books.

Ask me what I do as a service and I'll tell you that I try to help people past their writing and mental blocks to create a life or an artistic work that can only be described as extraordinary. Writing and the money it generates sustain me, but the service of helping people to grow fulfills me. If you're in a job you hate that doesn't make you happy, either find a way to draw some kind of calling or service from it or find a new job that can. People often associate doing what they love with being poor, but in my case, the more I've served a distinct purpose outside of myself, the more I've earned. It's not even close as I've earned more than double! Even if you have to relegate this purposeful work to a business on the side or a hobby, you will have trouble being fulfilled if what you do doesn't help others in a way that lines up with your goals.

So what will you do as a service to make you and others happier?


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 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.

Keep exploring!


  1. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your blog today! :)

    Dear Readers, feel free to enter the giveaway with your e-mail below!

  2. Bryan...Great post. I'm an academic librarian. My service, that makes me and others happier, is to help students succeed in college and to connect readers to their books. It brings me a lot of joy.

    1. I think that's a fantastic service! I'm so glad you are able to get happiness out of it!!

  3. You’re so cool! I don’t suppose I’ve read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. Really thank you for starting this up. this website is something that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality. Useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

  4. Awesome article, I am regular visitor of this website, keep up the good work, and I will be a regular visitor for a very long time.


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