Reviews and Advance Praise

A Year of Living Kindly

“Filled with humor, insight, and a vitalizing honesty, Happier Made Simple reminds us that we always have a choice in how we respond to what life throws our way. Randye Kaye’s welcome voice offers an empowering message and practical strategies for living a life of joy, presence, and connection.” – ~Donna Cameron, author of A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You


Randye Kaye charts an exhilarating course for recalibrating the pursuit of happiness while navigating life’s journey. Her timing couldn’t be better ~ we are all dazed in today’s chaotic and uncertain world. Randye’s insight and “down to earth-ness” helps us regroup, reassess and reimagine our lives with both passion and purpose. Thanks to her brilliant guidance, I plan to take each day and make it a masterpiece! Happier Made Simple is simply a must-read! ”

– – Armen Bacon, co-author of Griefland – An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss, and Unlikely Friendship

The reader can just hear Randye Kaye telling this conversational story. There are many practical suggestions, compelling quotes and source citations, but my favorite parts are when she shares relevant personal stories in a relatable way. Many are actually sad stories, but ones she survived by using tactics in this book. A lesson throughout is that the yin and yang of life keeps us interesting and makes us happier overall. We don’t need to be happy all the time. No one is. But we’re all the happier in comparison for having experienced lows as well as highs. It’s all in how we approach challenges and how we use our words. Thanks, Randye, for making yourself vulnerable in this beautiful book in order to help us.-Mindy Greiling, author of Fix What You Can  (Goodreads review)

” I loved this very user-friendly book about making one’s life happier, a little at a time. The book is easy to dip in and out of, and because it isn’t too long, it’s not intimidating. She’s also terrific about revealing examples from her own life, so that you feel you’re having a conversation with a friend, rather than some guru who claims to have all the answers. Honestly, just reading it made me feel happier!” – Gabi Coatsworth, Goodreads review

“Before you settle in to read Happier Made Simple, be sure to grab a pen with enough ink to underline all the tips, phrases and new ideas you learn as you say to yourself, ‘Why didn’t I think of this before?’ Kaye’s book reads like half magazine article, half chat with a trusted friend who’s ‘been there before’ and shares ways of arriving at  happiness by thinking and speaking about it in a new way.  Is it rocket science?  No, and Kaye claims it’s not, but it’s  so much more; in one sitting, we learn from the very first word to the last, and when you get up to make dinner ( or get the kids, go to that meeting, or even shovel the driveway) you’ll use words and have a happiness mindset you hadn’t known was in you all along.” –-Carole Laskey, LCSW

“Randye Kaye’s Happier Made Simple pulls together key insights and strategies from the vast body of research on mindfulness and cognitive psychology to provide concrete, actionable ways to take control of finding your own happiness, with a heavy dose of humility and humor. I will be recommending it particularly to the parents I serve as I believe it promises to be a powerful tool for helping them find more joy and less stress with their young kids. What a gift.” – Claire Lerner, LCSW, child development and parenting expert, and author of Why Is My Child In Charge?

“Easy to read and with such great insights. This book is absolutely needed. I want to highlight and circle so many things. It’s a gift to the world!” – – Liz de Nesnera, Best of Both Worlds VO

Such informative, in-depth ideas in this book. There are written exercises to help you along your path to becoming happier as well as numerous references. I also loved the words of wisdom throughout the book such as, ”If I lose, I get to keep the lessons I’ve learned.” Read it twice then recycle to a friend. –Joyce Boncal, Business Owner

“Full of hidden treasures in the words, quotes mantras and most importantly the wonderful BREATHE acronym and the corresponding core phrases…. The book is so good that I have gone back through it to take notes and absorb as much as I can of the gems that inspired me.  I am fully determined to adopt the principles of the BREATHE acronym and work on being happier.  This book could not have come along at a more appropriate time in my life.  As a predominantly left brained thinker, I especially appreciate the Some Science and the Extra Credit sections, as this book is one of the rare few that inspires me to dig in deeper.” – Deborah Knighton

“Randye Kaye has given us a gift, not just of words and phrases, but of a million different ways we can shift our thinking to guide us to being happier. I love the tidbits, quotes, and action challenges scattered throughout the book. They give the reader something even more specific to focus on and ways to apply her teachings to our everyday moments in life. For the left-brain science types, she gives us facts, research, and some neuroscience confirmation that what she is teaching us is both true, but also helpful for us to understand the WHY of this exercise. Randye’s sense of humor, her personal stories, and her casual conversational style of writing kept me engaged and wanting more. I feel like I’ve taken a masterclass with a personal instructor who happened to sit next to me at a coffee shop. Luckily, this class is open to anyone who wants to read it!” Monica Leggett, New Steps Life Coaching

“In the 31 years that I have made the Happiness Decision I have read a large number of books on happiness. Happier Made Simple is on the top of my list of must read happiness books. It is packed with how to make the right choices so you can respond to the challenges of life. Randye Kaye has done and outstanding job of presenting tools and strategies that will change your life around for the better!” – Lionel Ketchian, founder of and Happy U.
“It’s so unique to read a book about ‘happiness,’ where the writer speaks directly to the reader, as if we were in a private conversation. Randye, through her own personal stories and amazing links she provides of other author’s works on the subject, conveys the idea that “whatever happens” in life, we can handle it and be rather successful at it.  Humor is one of our best tools.  Using Randye’s “seven core phrases”  to take proactive actions in the decisions we make, lead to a real sense of happiness and worth.” – Marilyn Oestreicher

“I love the tone of the book – friendly, easygoing, and most importantly easy to read. Not a dull, preachy tome.” – Lon Kirschner, Creative Director and Designer

Saving Melissa

“To read Randye Kaye is to know Randye Kaye. She is truly a wordsmith, both written and spoken. Her personality flows through her prose and gives the impression of a friendly conversation over a glass of wine.” – Mike Mackniak, author, Saving Melissa

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