The Happiness Blog Tour

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. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
- Albert Schweitzer
A Calling This is a famous quote and I considered not including it on the tour, but so many people get it wrong that I felt compelled to write about it. I realize that it seems nearly impossible to get a job in a field that you love, especially during the midst of a difficult economic time in which so many people are without jobs. In my life, I took the first job that made sense. I was a comedian and an actor, so I took an early-morning job as a barista so that I could spend time going to auditions. The problem with getting a job as a stepping stone to something you really love, is that you may become trapped in something that you didn't intend. I wasn't sure how long I planned to be a barista, but I certainly hoped it wouldn't be for my entire life. I wanted to get an acting gig that paid the bills so that I could quit my early morning coffee career. It would have been the same if I'd had a 9 to 5 job doing anything I wasn't 100 percent committed to. I got stuck. It took me three years and change, but I finally moved on. What did I move onto? I decided that no matter how much I struggled, I would make a living from something I loved to do. I'd always enjoyed writing as well as acting, so I set out to make all of my income from writing. I had no idea where the money would come from at first, but I figured that as long as I was doing something I loved, I would get to a good point financially. It took a few years of painstaking effort and at first I didn't always make ends meet. But I worked really hard to make writing the number one activity of my life. It's tough and I don't always feel like putting pen to paper, but when I do, the whole world changes and I feel as though I'm finally doing what I was meant to.
I've pushed past many of my struggles and now I make over half of my living through my book sales and the other half through freelance writing work. I'm happier and more successful because I made the conscious choice to do what I loved instead of what I could. If you want to be happier, find work that you love doing and at the last, begin making it a part-time activity. Who knows, maybe someday, you'll have found a career that brings you material and spiritual success, happiness and health. Listen to Al and give it a shot! --
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.


  1. Great post! Like him I just decided to become a full time writer and I'm currently looking for an agent.I don't always make ends meet but right now I'm really happy!
    Janiera @This is From my Heart

  2. Congrats Janiera! And thank you so much Marcie for letting me be a part of your blog!

    Feel free to enter with your e-mail below, dear readers :).

  3. Hi Janiera, I'm so thrilled that you're happy. I wish you lots of success with your writing.

    Hi Bryan. It's my pleasure to have you here.

  4. Hi, I am 18 and I have less then 2 months and I will graduate from high school. Is so hard for me to choose a College, a major, I don't know what road to take and start walking on it. I had inclination for books and writing from when I was very little but is not enough just to love this, I need to have talent, truly a talent for writing and I don't think I have it.
    I am so confused right now-I feel that I am not at a crossroad but a 100 crossroads- I have no idea what path to take. In stake is my life and happiness! All this growing up thing is hard :)
    I am curious about your book Bryan!
    And a sincere advice would be great.

    My email:

  5. Hey Books First Love, I've just sent you the book download and some advice :).

  6. Hey sorry but I did not receive any email from you :( I want, no erase that, NEED your advice. Maybe the email was eaten by the spam folder?! I have no idea....if you can send it again I will be grateful.
    Thanks so much!


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