Hi there! I’m the Sunny Girl,
Lauren Cook, and I’m so excited to
welcome you to my website.
Happiness is an essential part of my life and it’s my goal to add more of it to your life as well. We all say we want to be happy—after all, who wakes up and says they don’t want to be happy? But I know it can be easier said than done. My goal is to help you find joy even on your most challenging days so that happiness isn’t just for Friday nights, the first day of summer, or the holiday season. You can have happiness throughout the year if you’re willing to make happiness a habit and not just as something to hope for next week, next month, or next year. It’s time to stop postponing your joy and I’m here to help you get started!
A lot of people ask me how my journey to happiness began. It all started when I read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project—her book inspired me, motivated me—invigorated me. I wrote to Gretchen and asked if she wanted to write a teen edition of The Happiness Project with me. It wasn’t long before I heard from Gretchen and she politely declined my offer. So I thought, “That’s okay. I’ll write my own book.” Just because she told me “no” didn’t mean that I had to tell myself that. And so began my journey interviewing hundreds of middle school, high school, and college students asking them, “What is it that actually makes you happy?” This question was so crucial for me because I felt like no one was asking it.
What I found was enlightening. The Millennial Generation is more optimistic, philanthropically minded, and internationally focused than any other generation. But we’re also guilty of wishing our lives away. We often say, “I’ll be happy when I can finally graduate,” or “I just want to finish this semester.” But these are incredible years! Why hope for them to pass by quickly? Happiness is something for the here and now and it’s my mission to bring positivity into the present.
If you think you’ll be happy when your life is finally perfect—when you get into your dream school, you’re making a six figure salary and you have the golden retriever to match, you’ll likely go a whole lifetime looking for something that doesn’t exist. Happiness is about loving an imperfect life for all of its little splendors and failures. My goal is to help you get there—so that you can find gratitude in the good and bad days and find the blessings in between.
Enjoy your time on the sunny side and please know that you will always be welcome here!