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Charlotte Rains Dixon  

Guest Post: Erica Nelson and Happiness Quotations

I'm pleased to offer you this guest post from Erica Nelson, author of Happiness Quotations: Gentle Reminders of Your Preciousness.  Read about her book and enjoy an excerpted passage below.  Be sure to visit Erica's site at

“Most people pursue pleasure in money, sex and power but are still unfulfilled. Why? Because they are non-sustainable energy sources whereas happiness is the purest, most sustainable and reusable form of fuel for the human spirit. Thank you Erica for writing such a meaningful and important book. I love it and it makes me happy.”

– Michael Port, NY Times Best Selling Author of The Think Big Manifesto HQ FB2

When Michael Port sent this recommendation for Happiness Quotations, it lit a fire for me to finish the manuscript and get it ready for the publisher. Glowing recommendations kept pouring in during the book creation process with this book. Michael actually recommended the book when it was nearing completion. The concept was born right after my last birthday in September 2010. I was ready for the next book, the first book was published in 2008. Two manuscripts are sitting on my hard drive, neither worthy for me to take the time to get them into print and before people.

Initially, Happiness Quotations: Gentle Reminders of Your Preciousness was part of a trilogy on happiness. I considered having a journal created, for people to write down wins and happiness experiences; writing a book on the how-to of happiness; and writing quotations to practically apply the happiness way of life I was born knowing.

When I began to post Happiness Quotations, smaller quotations I wrote to encourage people to feel good about life, to forgive old wounds, to recognize ego and connect to source energy – the response was so great. The light of these quotations quickly left the other projects in the dust. I began to concentrate fully on Happiness Quotations, and developed each smaller daily post into a longer passage with more insight, and more information on how to live and integrate the concepts into our lives.

Here’s what came up when I opened the book “Happiness Quotations: Gentle Reminders of Your Preciousness” to a passage for you this morning:

Experience Everything More Fully

Ask more of yourself. Ask yourself to feel joy more fully. Lift your heart higher. Believe in yourself more deeply. Follow your intuition more truly. Be bigger than you thought you could be. Experience love with more depth. Just ask yourself to be more than you thought you could be, and feel more than you thought you could feel.

As you ask, so it shall be. As you step more deeply into the joy that is your birthright, more joy becomes available to you.

So often we forget to ask ourselves to become more than we are. The set-points that become our normal waking consciousness grow engraved and rooted into our behaviors. Yet, you can change a set-point. You can change how deeply you feel. You can experience more of all that you came onto the planet to experience. Just ask.

The next step on my journey will be to write what I’m calling HQ2, or the second in the series of Happiness Quotations. I’m also in creation on a happiness e-class people can take to deepen the experience of living in happiness each day. To find out more about Happiness Quotations, go to, where you can read quotations and get into inspiration to embrace your day.

Erica Nelson Here is a little bit more about me:

I believe that happiness takes time each day. To step into happiness means to let go of judgment, fear, and programmed beliefs that hold you back. I started writing about happiness professionally in 2006. I coach others to let go of negative binds and free up joy and delight, awe and gratitude in living each day. A former Sacramento Bee and Santa Barbara News-Press news reporter, I wrote for California newspapers for years covering education, schools, cities, entertainment and water. She presently writes a weekly advice column in seven San Francisco Bay Area major metropolitan papers including the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times. I worked for about a decade in philanthropy, before I became a coach and independent author. I’m married with three beautiful children and a fabulous Tennessee Walking Horse. We live in California.


0 thoughts on “Guest Post: Erica Nelson and Happiness Quotations

  1. Zan Marie

    What a lovely idea! Congratulations on your book, Erica. And thank you, Charlotte, for promoting it.

    I’ve had a bit of happiness to report today, too. My Celebration Blogfest kicked off today in honor of my 100th post and 200th follower. Check it out at

  2. Charlotte Dixon

    Zan Marie and J.D., Thanks for stopping by to read Erica’s guest post!

  3. Charlotte Dixon

    And P.S., J.D., really happy to see a comment from you because it means either you’ve got power back or a generator going. Hope everyone in Alabama is getting back on their feet after the tornadoes. Sending prayers and love.


    Ditto to Charlotte’s comment. I saw some of the destruction. It’s immeasurable. Too big to know where to start. Good to know you are safe.

  5. J.D. Frost

    We have electricity, as of last night. We haven’t been hurt. Our community certainly has. Sometimes I think these things seek out the people who will have the most difficulty recovering. I hope to volunteer. I haven’t done anything yet but give some items away. Thanks for the prayers and the well wishes—seriously.

  6. Charlotte Dixon

    J.D., So glad you have power back. And I know that you are doing and will be doing all you can. I still am in shocked and horrified awe at how brutal those storms were. Praying for fast recovery in the community and people working together to make it happen.

  7. Charlotte Dixon

    Thanks for weighing in and your good thoughts.

  8. Erica M Nelson

    Dear Charlotte,
    Thank you for the guest post! We journey through life and sometimes we put happiness on a pedestal — “I will feel happy when xxx” and we may forget to just stop and feel happiness, right now. Then, the happiness touches others, and it is a giant snowball of goodwill.

    Thank you again for your posting my post! And thank you others for chiming in!

    Erica M Nelson

  9. Charlotte Dixon

    Erica, Thank you for the guest post and good luck with your book! Keep us posted on how it is going. Charlotte

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