NICE TO MEET YOU!

Hello and welcome! I’m Andrea Reiser and while I call myself a happiness coach, author and speaker, many refer to me as a “life brightener,” “happiness cheerleader” or “inspiring dose of sunshine.” Having studied positive psychology and the science of happiness, as well as trained as a life coach, I know that each of us is in charge of our own happiness. It would be my pleasure to help you get on the right path by sharing simple, useful tips and techniques that will boost your happiness and lead to greater personal fulfillment. You can do it and I’m so glad you’re here!

As for the professional stuff, I have a B.S. in Mass Communication/Public Relations from Boston University, and I’m a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. My most recent book, Letters From Home: A Wake-Up Call for Success & Wealth (Wiley, 2010), has been described as “required reading for all parents,” and a “blueprint for raising healthy, happy, productive, and loving children.” A contributor to The Huffington Post, I’ve written for and been interviewed in a variety of print and online publications including Woman’s Day, Parents.com, Care.com, Chicago Tribune, and The Stir. I’ve appeared on Fox Business and News12 CT, as well as on dozens of radio shows across the country.

Check out some of my favorite and most popular pieces of writing:

 47 Things I’ve Learned in My 40s

 15 Back-To-School Questions to Ask Your Kids

 11 Tips for Instilling True Gratitude In Your Kids

 House Fire: Turning Lemons Into Lemon Martinis

 101 Simple Pleasures to Boost Happiness

 My Wish For You: A Love Letter to Women During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On the personal side, I’ve been married since 1993 to the same guy who proposed just seven weeks after we met (see 29 Things I’m Grateful For On Our 20th Anniversary), and I’m the proud mom of four sons, including identical twins, who are all now in high school and college. I had a preventive mastectomy in 2007 after I lost my mom to breast cancer and learned I carried the BRCA-1 gene mutation (read more in They’re ALMOST Real, And They’re Spectacular), and I’m always happy to talk to other women facing a similar decision. I adore Broadway theatre, especially musicals (recent favorites include Hamilton, The King & I, The Audience, Something Rotten and Honeymoon in Vegas). And don’t groan, but my lifelong guilty pleasure is the music of Barry Manilow (you’ll get why in Barry Manilow: My Musical Comfort Food). In my spare time I’m on a never-ending quest to create the world’s yummiest chocolate chip cookie. Home for me is Westport, Connecticut, as well as by the beautiful beach where I grew up in Narragansett, Rhode Island.