I think I recognize the eyes and the hair. Is that my friend Beth behind the N95 mask? (One of the all-too-familiar new brain tasks in our Covid-19 world.)
Yes, it is Beth, and we carefully hug each other hello (faces pointed away to avoid germs, sheesh) in the supermarket aisle. It has been way too long.
I really miss seeing people’s faces and hugging without fear. Sigh.
Anyway. After the health and family check-ins, Beth says:
“I’ve been meaning to call you for ages. I really want to talk some time about how you stay so positive through all this, and everything else that has happened in your life.”
(Seriously. I have not made this up.)
“Funny you should ask,” I say. “I’ve just written a book about that very thing.”
Beth’s question represents the reason I wrote Happier Made Simple.
It has been a decade since I wrote the memoir about our family experience with serious mental illness, and the grief and hope that seesaws with that challenge. I’ve spoken to a lot of groups about our journey, and that very same question almost always comes up in the Q&A after a talk.
I answered the question “How do you stay so positive?” so often that dozens of people followed it with, “you should write a book about that.”
I procrastinated for ten years, but now the book is written, and on its way to readers soon.
Thanks for asking! Your questions have been the inspiration to do my best to answer them. We non-fiction authors hold the same hope: that our words can be of help.