Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart [NOOK Book]

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Trista Rehn was a pediatric physical therapist moonlighting as a Miami Heat dancer when she heard about casting for a new reality show—one guy getting to know twenty-five girls in the hope of finding a fiancée. As improbable and crazy as it sounded, Trista took the chance—and had her heart broken on the very first season of The Bachelor. But the next season, as the first Bachelorette, her fairy tale fell into place during a whirlwind courtship with poetry-writing firefighter Ryan Sutter and, ...
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Overview


Trista Rehn was a pediatric physical therapist moonlighting as a Miami Heat dancer when she heard about casting for a new reality show—one guy getting to know twenty-five girls in the hope of finding a fiancée. As improbable and crazy as it sounded, Trista took the chance—and had her heart broken on the very first season of The Bachelor. But the next season, as the first Bachelorette, her fairy tale fell into place during a whirlwind courtship with poetry-writing firefighter Ryan Sutter and, eventually, a dream-come-true wedding on national TV.

In the midst of building a life with Ryan and raising two kids, Trista started to make a conscious effort to remember her favorite part of each day. And she’s made sure to post these thoughts, her own personal expressions of gratitude, almost every night on Twitter and Facebook—even on days she was dealing with fertility issues, a difficult pregnancy, family deaths, and other challenges that many of us face.

Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures and the most unassuming things that can have the greatest effects. Trista is often asked her secret to being one of the rare reality-TV relationships to make it to the altar and beyond. In this heartfelt book, she shares the simple yet profound keys to finding everyday happiness: gratitude and grace. From the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments we have with our kids, our spouses, our pets, or even strangers, to the more obvious lessons we pick up from reading the news or hearing an inspirational story, knowing how to recognize, accept, and be grateful for all of our daily blessings is truly what “happily ever after” means.

Ten years later, the first Bachelorette talks of marriage, family, friendship, and how powerfully gratitude can transform your life.

Happily ever after isn’t always glamorous. It has nothing to do with whether you can afford or fit into a dress right off the runway. It isn’t based on how many times you’ve had your hair and makeup done, what you get paid (or not) to do with your time, [or] how many square feet your house is . . . The universe has taught me so much, and undoubtedly will continue to do so. The main thing I’ve learned about what makes for a happy life, right up there with good health and lots of love, is gratitude.

My intent here is to share not only the lessons I’ve learned, but also those of my friends and family, those of strangers, and even teachings of some of the world’s most enlightened authors, philosophers, poets, and educators. I will never claim to be an expert, but you won’t have to take it from only me; there is plenty of research out there to back up the benefits of a grateful heart.
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"Trista Sutter has written a breezy, warm and friendly reminder about the power and benefits of gratitude.  And I'm grateful that she did!"—Tom Bergeron, Host, Dancing with the Stars

 

“As a mommy of four, it is so important for me to teach my children to live their lives with a grateful heart.  I thank Trista, my fellow mom-ista, for all the tips, stories, and research on how to do that.  It's also a great reminder for us parents too!”—Tori Spelling, actress and bestselling author

 

“We call Trista the ‘godmother’ of The Bachelor franchise for a reason. She stands for everything that's good about our show and life—and that shines through in her book. After reading Happily Ever After, I’m even more proud to call her my friend.”—Chris Harrison, Host, The Bachelor

 

“As a two-time cancer survivor and co-founder of the charity organization, Grassroot Soccer, I know the undeniable value of gratitude.  Whether you are giving or receiving, Happily Ever After shows us what I have come to accept as truth--in order to fully live a happy life, you must acknowledge the gifts that life has to offer and be thankful for all of them...big and small.”—Ethan Zohn, 2002 winner of Survivor

 

“This book is a wonderful reminder that in everything we do we should give thanks.  From the beautiful life-changers to the everyday little things to the struggles that break us down, EVERYTHING is a gift and it's important for us to acknowledge that.”—Ali Landry, actress and model, and Miss USA 1996

 

 “Happily Ever After is profound, passionate and practical. These stories of gratitude will move, inspire and touch you—you will not be able to live your life the same way.”—Lee M. Brower, Founder, Empowered Wealth, LC, Business Family Coach, author, speaker, and featured teacher on gratitude in the book and movie, The Secret

 

“Trista is someone who exudes light and joy, and I'm grateful that she's harnessed some of that for this uplifting, full-of-healthy-tidbits book about the importance and fun of having an optimistic view of the world. Thanks, Trista!”—Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress

Ciao Bella, November 2013
“A wonderful holiday read!”

Babble.com, 11/27/13
“Part autobiography, part self-help book…If you could use a heartwarming read or a reminder of how we can all live with gratitude, take a read of Happily Ever After.”

Examiner.com, 12/2/13

“Sutter has such a positive outlook on life and she reflects that in this book.”

MacaroniKid.com, 12/3/2013

“The anecdotes woven through the book feel real and sincere…In a world of over-indulged and self-serving celebrities, it’s nice see someone who knows how good they have it and is willing to share her feelings openly.”

BookViews blog, 12/31/2013

“I have no doubt this book could help someone hoping their dream of lasting love come true and wondering, perhaps, why it hasn’t yet.”

WebProNews.com, 1/4/14

“[A] heart-warming book.”

DesireeHartsock.com, 1/9/2014

“Trista’s optimism and passion for life is an inspiration for all and her new book Happily Ever After will inspire you to see each day with a different perspective. From her own experience to related research, this book with take you on a journey of what it means to have a grateful heart and how that can lead to happiness.”

St. Louis Post Dispatch1/26/14

“The book is frank and personal.”

WomanAroundTown.com, 1/26/14

“[Sutter] writes in a breezy, casual fashion, which mirrors her sunny personality.”

MountainDiva.net, 1/29/14

“Serves as a powerful reminder for the important role gratitude plays in our lives, as guided by Trista’s own engaging spirit.”

San Francisco Book Review, 2/3/14
“The first part of the book is helpful and cheery reading… [Sutter] presents common sense and helpful advice for looking on the bright side of life…A good read for her fans.”

Kick Ass Book reviews, 1/29/14
“Trista is just as sweet on paper as she is on the television screen…Trista honestly makes you love her more than you already did as she shares her personal struggles…You’ll walk away feeling grateful for the reminder of what’s really important in life.”

Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate, 2/23/14
“An easy-to-read book, and it would make a good gift for anyone who wants a relaxing read that is filled with fun ideas to make life your own happily ever after.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738216669
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 22,288
  • File size: 572 KB

Meet the Author



Trista Sutter has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Parade, People, Good Housekeeping, EOnline.com, and Babble.com, and on shows such as The Tonight Show, Oprah, and 20/20. She has been a correspondent for Good Morning America, Extra, and Miss America; a spokesperson; a blogger; and a celebrity dancer on Dancing with the Stars. Currently a work-at-home mom, and designer for her Grateful Heart Collection with Glory Haus, she lives near Vail, Colorado, with her family.
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  • Posted December 23, 2013

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    Happily Ever After is a very interesting book. The book is very

    Happily Ever After is a very interesting book. The book is very well written and very interesting. Trista Sutter first gained fame on the reality TV show The Bachelor. She then sky rocketed to fame in the spin off The Bachelorette. Her openness makes the book easy to digest. She is an easy person to root for.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

    This is a very spiritual and uplifting book. You get a glimpse i

    This is a very spiritual and uplifting book. You get a glimpse into her life, the ups and downs. She offers many takeaways in this book and I feel everyone can learn a little something about themselves as well as improve from this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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