The Happy Place

I’m very excited to announce the publication of my first book! I want to introduce it to you by opening the book to the first page. This page introduces the book better than any other words can. After you read it, follow the links to Amazon to have The Happy Place delivered instantly to your Kindle Reader or your free Kindle app! It is also available in print!

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The Happy Place

The Beginning

 “’Who in the world am I?
Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
~ Alice in Wonderland ~
Lewis Carroll

Do you ever wake in the morning feeling sad or “off,” and you don’t know why? Do you wonder how you can already be feeling anything when you haven’t even had time to think? I used to feel this way every morning. I thought it was normal. My usual response was this: think about the day ahead, search for something good to look forward to, and stack these better feelings on top of the bad feelings until I didn’t feel the negative ones anymore.

It never occurred to me to wonder why I awoke this way. For me, mornings had been like this for as long as I could remember. I accepted these morning feelings as little battles I had to fight. I was good at fighting them. After I had dealt with them, I never gave them any thought at all.

While the morning feelings did not make it onto my list of feelings to examine, many others did. I was adept at facing my feelings and doing something about them. I sought to understand them.

Anthony de Mello, Jesuit Priest, psychotherapist and writer, often said awareness is everything. I had noticed that as soon as I understood why I felt a certain way, I would feel quite a bit better. “Knowing is 90% of the healing!” I used to say. But what about the other 10%?

What do we do when we know why we feel the way we do, but the “knowing” doesn’t make the bad feeling go away? What do we do about the morning feelings and other unwanted feelings that are too low on the radar to merit professional attention, but too prevalent and painful to ignore?

The answers to all these questions came to me while I was travelling in Europe with my daughter. But the story began long before the wheels of the plane touched the runway on the other side of the ocean…



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  • I am humbled by (but had to share ;-) this wonderful blog review of The Happy Place:
    Thank you @VidyaSury for a generous and thorough review!

  • Diane

    Dear Lori, I have just finished reading The Happy Place (in less than 24 hours) and have to say at this moment I am a wreck! but seeing this in a good, excited way. Your book brought up lots of feelings, emotions and memories. I must be so ready for the healing. It is probably the easiest to read and follow book I have read in this genre.
    Your book, and the book I read right before it, Lisa Cherry’s Soul Journey, both recommended The Road Less Traveled, so I must need to read that now. I got it right after reading Lisa’s book and there it was again in yours so must be a sign “I am aware of the positive signs in my world”.
    No other book has made me feel so inspired to actually pick up a pen and do the exercises as yours has. Thank you. You are a Blessed Angel! :D

    • Aw! I’m so happy you found The Happy Place helpful! You must be a voracious journeyer – ravaging the feast,  leaving no stone unturned (sorry for using two metaphors!). 
      Yes, The Road is a wonderful book and believe it or not, Scott Peck wrote another years later called “Further Along The Road Less Traveled” I passed it over at the library for a long time believing he couldn’t POSSIBLY have more to say than he did in The Road, but he DID! 
      Thanks YOU so much, Blessed Angel. You have just made my day!

  • Lori, congratulations on publishing The Happy Place! I’ll definitely be checking it out — I just got an iPad and I need to start filling it with books! As always, your blog is a joy to explore and read, so thank you for continuing your efforts into book form. I’m looking forward to reading it! :)

    •  @annedreshfield Hi Anne! Thanks! I hope you enjoy The Happy Place! It was a labor of love to write it! It’s not in iBooks (is that right?) but you can get a free Kindle app for your iPad and read it that way!

  • I started reading your book on the train ride back to Halifax after visiting you with Alex. I started it – and I nearly finished it. There was something about the way the words flowed flawlessly that I connected with; something about the realness of everything I had read. It is an incredibly inspiring book and I could sense the amount of passion that was behind every paragraph. As I was reading it, I bookmarked certain pages – ones that I felt I didn’t understand at the time, and ones that had quotes that I wanted to remember. From time to time I go back and re-read those pages and I find myself drawing inspiration from them – so thank you and well done! :)

    • @saramac Hi Sarah! I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for your kind words! Did you start a blog? I followed your profile link – I am not familiar with Tumbler. How does that work?

      By the way, today, Valentines Day, The Happy Place is free at – pass it on okay?



      • @Lori @saramac

        I just tweeted the link :)!

        Tumblr is basically just a place where I post pictures or sayings that I like – I have thought about starting an actual blog though – I’ll let you know when that happens!

        • @saramac For sure let me know. I like what you’re doing on Tumblr! Thanks for tweeting the link! :-)

  • Hey Lori, I went ahead and downloaded your book from amazon will be a good read before sleep :)

    • @3dmodelsart Hi Alan! I hope you enjoy the book! Thanks for the purchase!


  • dharait

    @lifeforinstance you did? Congrats! I’ll def check it out. Great news! :) Yes very much with Livefyre :)

  • cary.collinslpc

    Hi Lori,

    I’m a new subsriber, thanks to Ali Macaluso. I’m a psychotherapist and your book sounds very interesting…I’ll check it out!

    • @cary.collinslpc Hi Cary,

      I’m excited to hear what you think of it! Glad you’re a subscriber….you raise the bar for me – thanks! :-)

  • Congrats Lori, I can’t imagine all the work that went into your new book and I applaud you for getting it done! I will grab a copy!

    • @Sonia (Sunnnee) Hi Sunnnee! Thank you! It was, as they say, a labor of love. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Congrats again Lori! It was my pleasure to review your book on Amazon. I wish you every success! Kaarina

    • @KDillabough Thank you Kaarina! I really love your review!

      • @Lori Honoured to have done it and delighted that you like it.

  • Hi Lori,

    Looking to buy a new laptop or iPad, so I can untether from the desktop :) Tough decision, but when I do I’ll get the kindle app and buy the book, then you can bug me to give you a review on Amazon :) Seriously, I would be very happy to write one! Good luck with the book. And I agree with Stu, very nice cover shot!

    • @Craig McBreen It is good to untether from the desktop! I bought a Kindle Reader not too long ago and I love it! Before that I was reading with my Kindle App on my iPod! The iPad would have a larger screen for that!

      I’ll hold you to that offer Craig! As long as you like the book as much as you like the cover! ;-)

      • @Lori Hold me to it, and I’m sure I’ll love it.

  • Lori Gosselin

    Thanks Rashmie!

  • Lori, I won’t repeat what I said about the book in my review, and my e-mail back to you, but I will say this:

    I wish you the very best of luck and the very best of success with The Happy Place. You’ve put a lot of effort, passion, awareness, and heart into this, and it’s been exhilarating to hear of the writing process, and your excitement behind this.

    BTW, is that your daughter on the cover? :-)

    • @Stuart Mills Good eye Stu! It is my daughter. We took that shot in the sunset in Santorini one evening. How perfectly it worked out for a cover of a book that was only a thought in my head at the time!

      Thanks you again for your very kind words!

  • MommyLabs

    My Dear Lori,

    I started reading the book today and could not put it down for a while, it was so absolutely engrossing. I haven’t gotten till the end yet. But, I don’t want to hurry through it. I want to savour each thought, each story that you’ve shared. Talking about stories – that’s what makes your book so unique, powerful and personal. Lori, as I was reading, I could not stop marveling at how genuinely, intensely and passionately you have shared events, anecdotes and stories from your life.

    I loved how you deftly kept moving between the past and the now – connecting your childhood memories and stories with the present. It was a riveting read, my dear. I can’t wait to resume reading tonight. Had to leave mid way as my daughter came from school.

    It interests me all the more because, in it you’ve shared a powerful lesson in parenting as well. How the mind of a child works and how it can shape his entire life and leave impressionable mark! My God – you are such a talented writer and a sensitive, intelligent and thinking person!

    Congratulations, dear for this intensely meaningful and enjoyable read at the same time. No self help book that I’ve read before was as engrossing. And, I mean every word of it. :)

    • @MommyLabs Aw Rashmie, what a touching review! Thank you so much! I love how you say you are savouring it rather than reading it too fast. I know as a parent I couldn’t “catch” every thing I did wrong, but I’m hopeful that my children will be able to work through my mistakes with the aid of this book or others! It’s the best I could do for them – and we all do the very best we can, don’t we!? Again, thanks SO much!