BUFFALO, N.Y. — What is the secret to happiness?
A Western New York woman has some tips to finding happiness post-pandemic in her new book, "Happiness is Your Responsibility."
"During COVID so many people lost that skill to enjoy themselves," said author Peggy Sullivan from Buffalo. "People were just getting by. They were running from their to-dos and their challenges and there just wasn't a lot of happiness going on. So I thought happiness is a muscle and one that anyone can flex."
Sullivan is a women's leadership speaker and the President and Founder of the SheCAN! Network, a non-profit group here in Western New York that helps women with personal and professional development, as well as health and wellness. She writes about happiness being a conscious choice and how simple it is to achieve.
"Anything pumpkin spice makes me happy, or lighting a candle makes me happy," Sullivan said. "Once you can learn to let a little bit in, its like this germ that grows inside of you. I've seen it with so many people and it starts with just small things."
Peggy launched her book on Thursday, October 14th with the help of a speaker panel of influential women from Western New York will also be present, including Naila Ansari (The Movement of Joy), Tamara L. McMillian (McMillian Empowerment Enterprise), Kate Measer (WGRZ Channel 2 News), Kate Glaser (Make-a-Wish), and Annette Pinder (Buffalo Healthy Living).
"There's a lot of research about happiness and happy people are more effective," Sullivan said. "They're more efficient, have more energy, are more successful on the job, and they live longer. There's just so much good stuff that happens when you're happy. So I wanted to ignite the happiness muscle in everybody."
All proceeds from the book sales will benefit the women's nonprofit organization, SheCAN!.