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Interview and Giveaway: Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Question

By on Jan 05, 2012

Why do we make happiness so exhausting? – Lori Deschene

You may notice each post on The BridgeMaker begins with a quote. I do this to give you, the reader, a sense of what the post will be about. My favorite place to browse for inspirational quotes is Tiny Buddha, by Lori Deschene.

But Lori’s blog is more than a place to find quotes – it’s a place where my soul is refreshed by her wisdom, and by the comfort of her words.

So, when Lori released her new book, Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions I was eager to read it. I wanted to learn more about her journey and what life experiences have contributed to her remarkable enlightenment.

Lori’s book doesn’t disappoint. She shares in a transparent and almost vulnerable style. The book resonates with a rich authenticity that is as moving as it is helpful.

I’m honored Lori agreed to an interview, and offered two free copies of her beautiful book Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions.

The Giveaway

There are two ways you can win a free copy:
1. Share your simple wisdom in Comments below. This can be a truth you have learned or a quote that speaks to you. (Reading by email? Just click here to visit the blog so you can leave a comment, too!)

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The Interview

1. What is the inspiration behind the book; why did you write it?
I wanted to write this book because it touches upon almost all of the themes that writers (and I) explore on the community blog at

I’ve published stories from more than 175 contributors, and I’ve read comments from thousands of people who also communicate what they’re going through and struggling with. They always come back to the same universal issues—letting go of pain, finding meaning in life, choosing happiness, creating positive change, maintaining healthy relationships, living life to the fullest, and accepting uncertainty.

I thought it would be interesting to ask questions about these topics on Twitter and then shape the book around those insights—so that’s exactly what I did.

I also shared my own experiences in grappling with these big issues. I did that for two reasons.

For one, I wanted anyone who can relate to my experiences and struggles to know they are not alone. And secondly, I hoped my honesty would encourage other people to look within and be honest about how they’ve gotten in their own way and what they need to do to get out of it.

There aren’t really any concrete answers to the hardest questions in life. We can stress about that and cause ourselves a lot of pain, or we can identify the possibilities that empower us as individuals and then find the courage to act on them today.

I hope my book helps readers do just that.

2. Who should read the book?
Well, I’m clearly a little biased, but I would say anyone with a pulse! If you’ve struggled to create happiness, meaning, and authentic connection in life, Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions may help you identify what you need to do to create positive change, starting right now.

3. You writing style is transparent and personal. What experience has contributed the most to your passion for writing and helping others?
I started writing from a very young age, and I’ve always written vulnerably. Writing about my personal experiences helps me makes sense of the world, and it also gives me the sense that I can do something positive with every experience—even the ones that might have been challenging—since sharing them helps other people.

I find that writing authentically also helps me foster self-awareness, which I’ve learned is the most important thing for my peace and happiness. When I am willing to be honest not just about my past, but about my internal blocks, I am better able to move past them.
This is why I write candidly and personally: It helps me, and I have a sense that it helps other people help themselves.

4. Please share the book’s impact with one of your readers.
Sure! I’ve been really enjoying reading the emails and Amazon reviews that readers have written, letting me know how my book has helped them. As I know you know, there’s no better feeling than knowing you’d made a positive difference in someone’s life.

There’s one Amazon review that really jumped out at me:

There is NOTHING tiny about this book. I ordered it a few months ago, after joining Tiny Buddha’s Facebook page. At that time, I was embarking, (very reluctantly), on a series of life-changes, much like the author Lori Deschene.

I find her writing style earnest, poignant, humble, and filled with a perspective that offers hope, courage, and even excitement regarding the often scary topic of change. Her chapters offer wise insight and light into pain, happiness, love, and possibilities which literally reached out, grabbed me by the shoulders, and shook me to the core.

Reading her sage stories, (punctuated by quotes from her many wise Twitter followers) made her messages real, and therefore, obtainable. Unlike the plethora of books out there that make personal growth seem like the Holy Grail, Lori has distilled a series of hefty topics down to their sweetest essence.

Lori’s insight is part and parcel to me finding the strength to embrace and nurture life rather than run and hide from it. Lori writes, “We can take almost anything that hurts and recycle into something good, once we are ready to learn from it…this all depends on the most important question: are you ready to be free?” If you are, order Tiny Buddha immediately, if not sooner.

This is why I write, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do it!

Read more about Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions on Amazon.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • emily

    I always find it valuable to be reminded that, when we crave concrete answers to life’s struggles, we are only creating more pain for ourselves. Lori reminds us that we have the means all around us to find tiny drops of happiness even in the midst of seeming chaos and confusion.

  • Uthenticitu is everything! There is a massive “sea-change” occurring in our culture right now. People are hungry for deeper connections and meaning in every aspect of their lives. They want the stores they shop in to be adding value to the planet, not just good customer service. When someone is transparent and shows their vulnerably, but also shares the process and actions their taking to move beyond it, that is powerful. It helps us connect, realize we’re not the only ones struggling with that issue and also gives us hope that things can be different. Sure it make take courage to open up and share, but you never know what kind of critical impact you may end up having in someone’s life at just the right time in just the right way that nobody else may be able to do.

  • Catherine

    Why do we make happiness so exhausting? is an excellent question. I believe it is because we are always searching for the “something” that will bring it to us, a better job, bigger house, prettier wardrobe, etc. When we can learn to enjoy what we have and be grateful, we will find our happiness. Gratitude and compassion are what is needed to take the exhaution out of it and bring the peace into our lives. Something I am working on! :0)
    Peace, love and good health to everyone in 2012!

  • I think this approach of incorporating tweets in conversations in the book is just a huge amount of genius in a tiny package! This author does grapple earnestly with such big issues as letting go of pain, accepting uncertainty and stepping out in positive actions for change in the world.

  • Carol

    My father taught me simple wisdom through his life. He taught me that you are never to old to learn to ice skate. You are never to busy to hug your child or spoil your pet. And, if you ever are too old or busy you have lost your balance.