New Book

A fellow member of Virginia Writers Club has just released a new book.  See her release below. (FYI: VWC celebrated its 100 year anniversary last year.)

Author Katherine Gotthardt Says, “Get Happy, Dammit”

Bristow, Virginia writer and poet Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed. recently announced her eighth book, Get Happy, Dammit – Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World, published by Local Gems Press, Long Island, New York. The book offers short essays, exercises and poetry as avenues to create inspiration and motivation. These two necessary elements can lead to greater happiness, according to Gotthardt, an award-winning author and former adult educator who has taught English, writing and ESL to underprivileged and incarcerated students.

Gotthardt started writing the book in 2018. She says she didn’t write it because she takes happiness lightly or because she thinks getting happier is easy by any means, especially now. “I actually wrote this book because there is so much unhappiness in the world,” she says. “I wanted to share what has helped me and some of my former students gain inspiration and motivation, two things that can help increase quality of life for everyone.”

Exercises in the book are designed to help readers develop skills like mindfulness, time management, critical thinking, reframing, goal setting and more, all focused on bolstering inspiration and motivation. “These are exercises I used in the classroom and in my own life,” Gotthardt says.

“I was blessed to have many mentors and advisors over the years, and they have all contributed to my ability to be where I am now and to write this book. Life has not always been easy, good or happy, by any means. My greatest wish is to use my experiences and what I’ve learned to help others.” The author hopes creatives, teachers, caregivers and life coaches especially will discover or rediscover new ways to approach problems that, according to Gotthardt, “plague us all and get in the way of progress.” But the book is also appropriate for those just trying to improve quality of life by focusing on the positive.

“Now more than ever, self-care and mental health are critical as we face incredible stressors in our world,” says Gotthardt. “I am honored to use this book as a catalyst for personal growth and positivity.”

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