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.
"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives."
C. S. Lewis
I was a lot of things during and after college. I was boisterous and I loved hearing my laughter fill up a theater space while I was watching my friends perform. I was goal obsessive and I often pulled off gargantuan projects through my comedic and theatrical projects. I was impulsive and would just as quickly dive into an adventure head-on as I would a pool full of Jell-O (true story). But I wouldn't say that I was particularly kind.
That isn't to say that I was mean, catty or evil in any way. But I'd certainly lost a bit of the kindness that I had once displayed when I was in high school. I recall a moment when I was dropped off by the school bus during in my neighborhood high school at the end of the day. There was a giant blue trash can that had blown into the street from a gust of wind and I was concerned that the bus might run it over. I looked around and saw that none of my peers noticed the same thing so I rushed to action, picking up the waste depository and moving it back to the lawn. A friend of mine saw my action and told me, "That was a really nice thing to do, Bryan Cohen."
I wasn't doing it to receive commendation, but it was certainly a nice thing to hear. It was just an act of kindness or as Lewis calls it, "affection." I'd lost that a bit in my early 20s. Perhaps I had gotten jaded or I'd let the tough world get to me. In the last few years, I've made an effort to get it back. I've thought kinder thoughts about people even if they seemed or acted unkind. I've tried to be selfless when it came to doing chores around the house or favors for my friends and acquaintances. I haven't had a lot of money so I knew I couldn't give much to charity, but I've tried to give when I can and be charitable in the use of my time.
Unsurprisingly, by applying more kindness to my life, I've become a happier person. Maybe I'm not as boisterous or obsessive or impulsive as I was a few years back, but I think a rediscovery of what it means to be affectionate and kind has been a major improvement. If you're feeling less than happy, find ways to be more kind to achieve a better balance of happiness and health.
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) gmail.com. 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.
Again for the Giveaway- All entrants win a digital copy of the book The Post-College Guide to Happiness.
To enter, post a comment with your email or send an email to postcollegehappiness (at) gmail.com.
Giveaways include- 61 paperback and audiobook copies of The Post-College Guide to Happiness and a Kindle Fire! You can enter until May 6th. Good Luck!
Thank you Bryan as always for sharing your wisdom!