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Review of Simply Happy from the Editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul Books

Leah Courtney
Have you ever read any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books? They are filled with stories that inspire, encourage, and entertain. I've enjoyed reading through several, and my oldest daughter has quite a few that she loves. Because of this connection, I was excited to have the opportunity to review Simply Happy by Amy Newmark, the editor-in-chief of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Review of Simply Happy by Amy Newmark
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Amy writes twenty-six short chapters of ways to be simply happy, using what she's learned from editing the stories for the Chicken Soup books. In some chapters, she shares parts of stories she's read that touched in. In others, she shares stories from her own life and what she's learned about being happy.

The book was interesting to read because of the connection to the series I've read and enjoyed. There isn't anything particularly deep here. And Amy doesn't write from an explicitly Christian worldview. But there are some touching and inspiring stories.

As you read through the twenty-six chapters you'll be encouraged to think about your own happiness and how it's achieved. Amy writes in a clear, concise manner that is easy to read. And at the end of the book is an Appendix with a Toolkit for happiness. In this Toolkit, she summarizes the main points you've read in the past twenty-six chapters. Because I'm a bullet-point sort of girl, I loved this.

Simply Happy is a different kind of self-help book. If you enjoy the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, you'll enjoy Amy's words of encouragement and the stories she shares.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


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