How to be Hap-hap-happy Like Me

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Viking, 1994 - Humor - 205 pages
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Perpetually interested in self-improvement, the author of What the Dogs Have Taught Me is back and funnier than ever. "By reading my book, you can become happier without ever having to leave the comfort and security of your own private hell," she writes. In How to Be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me, Merrill Markoe has undertaken the arduous task of actually carrying out the best "how to be happy" suggestions from the wisest of all possible sources of advice, the "365 Days to a Happier Life" Desk Calendar. So abandon the pursuit of happiness, sit back, and "extend a social invitation to someone you've always been afraid to approach," and share Merrill's unforgettable dinner with Fabio; "take the time to improve your knowledge of another period of history," while dining with Merrill at the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Restaurant franchise ("where the year is 1093 A.D. and you are the guests of the royal castle"); "plan a party and invite the people you care about," in which you watch Merrill answer the door in her pajamas and pretend the party was yesterday; "enroll in a class or lecture that interests you," accompanying Merrill to a session of Dominatrix 101 at the Learning Annex.
Where else can you discover the beauty secrets of someone who is not so genetically perfect that her advice is completely useless, or "How to Please a Man Every Time and Have Him Okay Maybe Not Beg for More but at Least Not Demand a Whole Lot Less"? Markoe is that rare soul who will unselfishly share with you these and many other secrets of how to live a not-totally-nightmarish life. And even if you don't learn anything, this book will make you laugh, which is more happiness than you can get from most desk calendars.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A former head writer for ``Late Night with David Letterman'' satirizes popular ``happiness materials'' (books, calendars, etc.) with her own entertaining (self-) investigations. Markoe (What the Dogs ... Read full review

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Markoe (What The Dogs Have Taught Me, LJ 4/15/92), has absolutely no qualifications as a mental health expert, but that doesn't stop her from adding her own tome to the already oversaturated self-help ... Read full review


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About the author (1994)

Was the head writer and producer of The David Letterman Show for which she won several Emmys for comedy writing. She was a regular contributor to Not Necessarily the News and wrote and performed in several comedy specials for HBO, winning Writer's Guild and Ace Awards. She has been a regular contributor to magazines such as New York Woman and Woman's Day and her essays appeared in several other national magazines as well. She is the author of What the Dog's Have Taught Me and Other Things I've Learned, How to be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me, Merrill Markoe's Guide to Love and a children's book, When My Dogs Became Guys. Current work from Merrill Markoe can be found at Oxygen: The Read. She lives in Los Angeles.

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