Chicken Soup for the Soul with Amy Newmark

Chicken Soup for the Soul with Amy Newmark Podcast

Start your days with inspiration and motivation from the best of Chicken Soup for the Soul and editor-in-chief Amy Newmark. There's nothing like learning from the personal, revealing stories of other people. Amy shares her favorite stories and the wisdom, advice, and easy-to-implement tips that thousands of people have shared in 25 years of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Tips and advice on Mondays and Wednesdays, and interviews with fascinating writers and influencers on Friend Fridays. It's Chicken Soup for the Soul to go!

I Can’t Believe My Kid Did That Stories
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our humor collection, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. Today’s stories are about kids and religious parents and grandparents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

I Can’t Believe My Kid Did That Stories
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our humor collection, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. Today’s stories are about kids and religious parents and grandparents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Tales of Work Whoops from Laughter Is the Best Medicine
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. Today’s stories are about crazy things that happened with work colleagues or at work. Both of these stories made me laugh out loud while I was editing them, and I think they’ll brighten your day as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Tales of Work Whoops from Laughter Is the Best Medicine
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. Today’s stories are about crazy things that happened with work colleagues or at work. Both of these stories made me laugh out loud while I was editing them, and I think they’ll brighten your day as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Miraculous Healing and #MiraculousAdvice
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Our guest today is Carol Andrews, who wrote a story about miraculous healing that appears in our new Believe in Miracles book. Carol is going to talk about that miracle, plus share her wisdom as an executive coach and TV personality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Miraculous Tales from the World of Lost and Found
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. If you’ve lost something valuable, even if it’s been lost for years, these stories will give you hope that it might just turn up, the way it did for our writers. You won’t believe how it happened, but it did. So I’ll just dive in and start with a story by Andrea Lebedovych Bilaniuk in which she tells us about what happen...


Saved by the Most Amazing Coincidences
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. We’re going to talk about miraculous life-saving coincidences and I think you’ll get goose bumps from these stories about two women who most certainly avoided death through the luckiest breaks, ones that almost didn’t happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Hilarious Tales of Mistaken Identity
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our latest and greatest, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. This humor collection has been a huge hit for us despite almost all the bookstores in the world being closed; I guess it’s just what we all need right now. Today’s very funny stories are about cases of mistaken identity, and I laughed out loud when I read them and selected them for this book. Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...

There’s Nothing Like a Pet to Make You Laugh at Yourself
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from a really fun new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. This is our first humor collection, and even when I was reading a story for the third time during our editing process I found myself laughing out loud, so I’m excited to share a couple of these stories with you today and they are hilarious—one about a cat, and one about a dog.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...


Marriage Means Happiness Ever Laughter
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. This book has been a huge hit for us but I must admit I was a little nervous about it. We sent it to the printer at the beginning of 2020, before the COVID-19 virus left China, and then I worried it would seem kind of tone deaf to have a book come out in mid-April that professed that laughter was the best medicine.  Learn more about y...

Friend Friday - Incest, Murder and a Miracle
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking with Rob & Cheryl Cuccio. Rob wrote a story about literally coming back from the dead for our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles, so we’re going to talk about that—how he WAS dead… until his wife insisted the doctor go back and keep trying, and also about how Cheryl’s dad was murdered by her classmate back in high school, because he was sexually abusing Cheryl. Cheryl went to jail f...

Friend Friday - Incest, Murder and a Miracle
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking with Rob & Cheryl Cuccio. Rob wrote a story about literally coming back from the dead for our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles, so we’re going to talk about that—how he WAS dead… until his wife insisted the doctor go back and keep trying, and also about how Cheryl’s dad was murdered by her classmate back in high school, because he was sexually abusing Cheryl. Cheryl went to jail f...


Miracles, Money, and Divine Intervention
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles, because miracles happen every day to people from all walks of life, and today we’re talking about miracles involving money—because we’ve all had those times when we really needed some financial help. And sometimes, miracles occur, like in the two stories I’m sharing with you today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Miracles, Money, and Divine Intervention
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles, because miracles happen every day to people from all walks of life, and today we’re talking about miracles involving money—because we’ve all had those times when we really needed some financial help. And sometimes, miracles occur, like in the two stories I’m sharing with you today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

When Your Child Is Miraculously Meant to Be Yours
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. As the back cover says, this book is filled with “101 Stories about the Miracles that Are Just Waiting to Happen to All of Us,” with true stories of miraculous coincidences, answered prayers, mysterious healing, divine intervention, angels, and messages from heaven. Some of my favorite stories in the book are about when ...


When Your Child Is Miraculously Meant to Be Yours
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. As the back cover says, this book is filled with “101 Stories about the Miracles that Are Just Waiting to Happen to All of Us,” with true stories of miraculous coincidences, answered prayers, mysterious healing, divine intervention, angels, and messages from heaven. Some of my favorite stories in the book are about when ...

When Grandma Is an Inspiration
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk grandmothers, particularly those larger than life grandmas whose grandchildren can’t stop telling stories about them. In our new book for Mother’s Day and beyond, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Moms, we have plenty of these stories about eccentric, spunky grandmothers who really do teach their grandchildren a lot about how to live their lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega...

When Grandma Is an Inspiration
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk grandmothers, particularly those larger than life grandmas whose grandchildren can’t stop telling stories about them. In our new book for Mother’s Day and beyond, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Moms, we have plenty of these stories about eccentric, spunky grandmothers who really do teach their grandchildren a lot about how to live their lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega...


Parenthood - The Best Way to Be Sure You’re Embarrassed
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine—two hilarious stories about parenthood and embarrassing kids. This is our first collection of stories devoted to humor, and I couldn’t stop laughing as I edited the manuscript, even when I was reading the stories for the third time. We had no idea the coronavirus was coming when we put this collection together, and I hope it’s viewed i...

Parenthood - The Best Way to Be Sure You’re Embarrassed
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine—two hilarious stories about parenthood and embarrassing kids. This is our first collection of stories devoted to humor, and I couldn’t stop laughing as I edited the manuscript, even when I was reading the stories for the third time. We had no idea the coronavirus was coming when we put this collection together, and I hope it’s viewed i...

When Moms Teach Us about Gratitude
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about one of my favorite topics, and that is how much we learn from our mothers. Often they help us understand how to count our blessings, which sets us up for much better lives because you really do need to know how to use the power of gratitude if you want to be happy. I’m sharing two stories with you today in which girls learned a lot about gratitude from their moms, including at that the time...


When Moms Teach Us about Gratitude
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about one of my favorite topics, and that is how much we learn from our mothers. Often they help us understand how to count our blessings, which sets us up for much better lives because you really do need to know how to use the power of gratitude if you want to be happy. I’m sharing two stories with you today in which girls learned a lot about gratitude from their moms, including at that the time...

Tips that Work for Bringing the Power of Forgiveness into Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been doing this job, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Tips that Work for Bringing the Power of Forgiveness into Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been doing this job, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Making a Difference Really Makes You Feel Good
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul for you, and today I’m sharing two stories about how volunteering can change everything for you. The biggest beneficiary of volunteer work is usually the person doing the work, not the one receiving the help. And I know that I’ve read in the past that doing volunteer work is often suggested by mental health professionals for their patients who are depressed or grieving or going through some other kind of difficulty. Learn more about your ad choice...

It’s Never Too Late to Apologize and Use the Power of Forgiveness
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from a book that’s perfect for the new year: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this new book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been doing this job, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. This may ...

It’s Never Too Late to Apologize and Use the Power of Forgiveness
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from a book that’s perfect for the new year: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this new book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been doing this job, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. This may ...


When Even Strangers Are Honorary Moms
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about moms, and how we just can’t stop ourselves from being moms, even for strangers, as we go about our daily lives. I’m going to share two heartwarming stories from our latest book for mothers and grandmothers, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Moms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

That Was Embarrassing
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from a really fun new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. This is our first humor collection, and even when I was reading a story for the third time during our editing process I was laughing out loud. Today I’m sharing two stories about classic embarrassing moments, ones that are sure to brighten your day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Learning about Service to Others Through Our Moms
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. We’re talking about moms a lot as we head into Mother’s Day and today we’re focusing on moms who do volunteer work or give back in some way, and the impact that has on their kids. These are moms who quietly do their good deeds, sometimes with their children not even knowing about them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Wise Words from Mom That Changed Everything
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today we’re talking about the magic of moms—how they give such great advice and always know what to do, even if we don’t necessarily admit that until we’re well past college age. We included a lot of stories about great advice from moms in our latest book and I want to share two of them with you today because they contain such wise words that we can all benefit from. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone....

Wise Words from Mom That Changed Everything
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today we’re talking about the magic of moms—how they give such great advice and always know what to do, even if we don’t necessarily admit that until we’re well past college age. We included a lot of stories about great advice from moms in our latest book and I want to share two of them with you today because they contain such wise words that we can all benefit from. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone....

Sometimes Staying Home Leads to the Funniest Stories
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our latest and greatest, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. We put this book together long before the coronavirus outbreak, and I’m recording this episode of the podcast in early March, so I have no idea what will be happening by the time you listen to this, starting in mid-April. All I can say is that this is our first humor collection, and I laughed out loud over and over again as I was...


Sometimes Staying Home Leads to the Funniest Stories
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our latest and greatest, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine. We put this book together long before the coronavirus outbreak, and I’m recording this episode of the podcast in early March, so I have no idea what will be happening by the time you listen to this, starting in mid-April. All I can say is that this is our first humor collection, and I laughed out loud over and over again as I was...

When Mothers Pull Off Miracles, Even from the Grave
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I’m talking about miraculous moms, because we all know that moms are miracle workers, right? They sometimes astound their husbands and children with what they can accomplish. They are our role models and our cheerleaders, and they are constantly making the impossible happen for us. That doesn’t stop when they die. I remember how I got my hair cut the day before my mother’s funeral because I heard her voice in m...

When Mothers Pull Off Miracles, Even from the Grave
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I’m talking about miraculous moms, because we all know that moms are miracle workers, right? They sometimes astound their husbands and children with what they can accomplish. They are our role models and our cheerleaders, and they are constantly making the impossible happen for us. That doesn’t stop when they die. I remember how I got my hair cut the day before my mother’s funeral because I heard her voice in m...


Try Something New and Change Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I want to talk about how stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new, or something you’re sure you won’t like, or something you’re afraid of can transform your life. You’ll feel proud and excited when you do those new things, and your life will expand and seem to hold much greater potential. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me...

Try Something New and Change Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I want to talk about how stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new, or something you’re sure you won’t like, or something you’re afraid of can transform your life. You’ll feel proud and excited when you do those new things, and your life will expand and seem to hold much greater potential. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me...

Two Divine, Miraculous Coincidences
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your latest Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two cases of what we like to call Divine Coincidence, two miracles that will give you goose bumps from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. In this book, we have stories from people going through their ordinary, everyday lives, who suddenly find the find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable h...


Two Divine, Miraculous Coincidences
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your latest Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two cases of what we like to call Divine Coincidence, two miracles that will give you goose bumps from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. In this book, we have stories from people going through their ordinary, everyday lives, who suddenly find the find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable h...

Counting Your Blessings Really Works
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I want to talk about one of the two key traits you need in order to be happy, and that is gratitude. What I love about gratitude is that you don’t have to be a naturally grateful person—this is a character trait that you can actually add on and it only takes a little practice to make it part of your life. There aren’t many character traits like ...

Counting Your Blessings Really Works
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I want to talk about one of the two key traits you need in order to be happy, and that is gratitude. What I love about gratitude is that you don’t have to be a naturally grateful person—this is a character trait that you can actually add on and it only takes a little practice to make it part of your life. There aren’t many character traits like ...


FRIEND FRIDAY - Asking for Help Leads to a Life Changing Moment of Synchronicity
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Janet Rich, known as JR, who has an inspiring story in our new book about angels and miracles and an amazing coincidence. Her story is about a time when she was at a very low point in her life as a young adult and how she was led to a moment of synchronicity which put her on a life changing path to a fabulous career in the music industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Learning to Love the Cat
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul and today we’re talking about how you turn a cat hater into a cat lover, with two stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this book because we learn so much from our cats—they show us how to be better humans and they teach us about resilience and fortitude and loyalty. And sometimes they even turn a “dog person” into a very appreciative “cat person.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Learning How to Live in the Moment
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today we’re talking about how you can learn how to live in the moment and use mindfulness to take life one day at a time, instead of worrying about whatever it is that you’re prone to worrying about. This is a very personal episode for me because I’m going to share the story that I wrote for our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy, and this story is about how I deal with being in remission and living with the fear of my c...


When Mom Is Surprisingly Right
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about one of my favorite topics, and that is how mothers are so often right even when their kids are skeptical. I think kids finally figure this out when they’re in their twenties—that mom is usually right. So we featured lots of stories about that in our new book for mothers and grandmothers, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Moms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...

When Moms Are Fabulous Role Models
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about mothers as role models, because when you’re in the trenches raising your kids—or even later, when they’re grown but you’re still trying to give them advice, which is sometimes unwanted—you wonder if you’re getting through. Did you make a difference? Did the kids even listen to you? Well, the answer is yes, as we saw in dozens of stories in our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic ...


When Moms Are Fabulous Role Models
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about mothers as role models, because when you’re in the trenches raising your kids—or even later, when they’re grown but you’re still trying to give them advice, which is sometimes unwanted—you wonder if you’re getting through. Did you make a difference? Did the kids even listen to you? Well, the answer is yes, as we saw in dozens of stories in our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic ...

Stories of Miraculous Healing
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles, with today’s stories being about miraculous healing, the kind of cases that doctors call one in a million. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Finding Your Destiny When You Least Expect It
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles, stories about miraculous connections that occurred that helped one woman find love and another find a branch of her family that she never knew existed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Deborah Norville Talks Positive Thinking, Gratitude, Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone, and Living in the Moment
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Deborah Norville, who is my coauthor on a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book coming out on September 24th called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today we’re going to talk about how you can use positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and a host of other strategies to create the best possible life for you and yours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Deborah Norville Talks Positive Thinking, Gratitude, Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone, and Living in the Moment
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Deborah Norville, who is my coauthor on a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book coming out on September 24th called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today we’re going to talk about how you can use positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and a host of other strategies to create the best possible life for you and yours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


When Cats Make Us Better Humans
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I’m sharing two stories from our latest bestselling cat book about Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this new collection because we do learn so many lessons from our cats… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Life-Changing Reassurance from Beyond
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. This book offers glimpses into the lives of regular people who find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable healing, to angels and messages from heaven, these stories prove that miracles can happen, every day, to people from all walks of life. Learn more about your ad cho...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Mark & Maggie Damon and a Miraculous Love Story
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Mark & Maggie Damon, who were kind enough to share their amazing and miraculous love story in our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. We’re going to talk about that story, which I promise you will give you goose bumps, and also about Mark’s latest hit movie, Last Full Measure, which is that amazing movie that came out a couple of months ago about an unrecognized Vietnam ...


FRIEND FRIDAY - Mark & Maggie Damon and a Miraculous Love Story
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Mark & Maggie Damon, who were kind enough to share their amazing and miraculous love story in our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. We’re going to talk about that story, which I promise you will give you goose bumps, and also about Mark’s latest hit movie, Last Full Measure, which is that amazing movie that came out a couple of months ago about an unrecognized Vietnam ...

The Miracle of Reuniting a Mother and Her Child
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. I think today’s stories will give you goose bumps, as they deal with something so important, and so emotional… and that is a couple of long overdue reunions between mothers and children who were separated because of substance abuse issues. The first story I’m going to share with you contains the most amazing coincidence,...

The Miracle of Reuniting a Mother and Her Child
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. I think today’s stories will give you goose bumps, as they deal with something so important, and so emotional… and that is a couple of long overdue reunions between mothers and children who were separated because of substance abuse issues. The first story I’m going to share with you contains the most amazing coincidence,...


Everyday Miracles Are All Around If We Keep Our Eyes Open
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles—two stories of amazing, miraculous, hard-to-explain coincidences. These are just of two of the 101 stories in this new book that will open your eyes to the possibilities—the possibilities that sometimes amazing things occur even in our everyday lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Everyday Miracles Are All Around If We Keep Our Eyes Open
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles—two stories of amazing, miraculous, hard-to-explain coincidences. These are just of two of the 101 stories in this new book that will open your eyes to the possibilities—the possibilities that sometimes amazing things occur even in our everyday lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

When Cats Are Natural Therapists
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul and today your inspiration is from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. Today I’m sharing two stories about the uncanny ability of cats to act as natural therapists for their humans. They’re small animals, and often thought of as aloof, but when they want to, these little animals can be a huge help, often benefiting their humans even more than other humans can. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f...


Uncanny Wise Words from Strangers in Our New Angels Book
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I bring you inspiration from our new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. This new collection of stories offers glimpses into the lives of regular people who find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable healing, to angels and messages from heaven, these stories prove that miracles can happen, every day, to people from all ...

Lessons in Socializing… from the Dog
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of stories about how your dog can be the key to a better social life. This is one of the many themes from our bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog. We always think that we rescued them, but in fact they usually rescue us, because of the way they serve as role models for making us the best humans we can be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Miraculous Healing and #MiraculousAdvice
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Our guest today is Carol Andrews, who wrote a story about miraculous healing that appears in our new Believe in Miracles book. Carol is going to talk about that miracle, plus share her wisdom as an executive coach and TV personality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Miraculous Tales from the World of Lost and Found
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. If you’ve lost something valuable, even if it’s been lost for years, these stories will give you hope that it might just turn up, the way it did for our writers. You won’t believe how it happened, but it did. So I’ll just dive in and start with a story by Andrea Lebedovych Bilaniuk in which she tells us about what happen...

Saved by the Most Amazing Coincidences
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. We’re going to talk about miraculous life-saving coincidences and I think you’ll get goose bumps from these stories about two women who most certainly avoided death through the luckiest breaks, ones that almost didn’t happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

When Even Big Brave Dogs Are Afraid
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of stories about how even the biggest, bravest dogs can be afraid of some things. And with the Fourth of July fireworks almost upon us, and all those summer thunderstorms, I thought it would be fun to see how other people’s dogs react. We have several funny stories about this in our new bestseller about the Life Lessons we learn from our Dogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...


Running and Walking Your Way into Friendships
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. It’s summer and it’s time to get yourself on your feet and outside. If you’ve been thinking about getting into a regular routine of running or walking, I have the stories to motivate you today, from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

When a Cat Is Meant to Be Yours… and Tells You So
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this book because we learn so much from our cats—they show us how to be better humans and they teach us about resilience and fortitude and loyalty. If we rescued them, they rescue us back. And then there are the times when they just make us laugh, and it’s because of how they finagle extra privileges or how they get away with breaking ...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Incest, Murder and a Miracle
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking with Rob & Cheryl Cuccio. Rob wrote a story about literally coming back from the dead for our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles, so we’re going to talk about that—how he WAS dead… until his wife insisted the doctor go back and keep trying, and also about how Cheryl’s dad was murdered by her classmate back in high school, because he was sexually abusing Cheryl. Cheryl went to jail f...


Miracles, Money, and Divine Intervention
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles, because miracles happen every day to people from all walks of life, and today we’re talking about miracles involving money—because we’ve all had those times when we really needed some financial help. And sometimes, miracles occur, like in the two stories I’m sharing with you today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

When Your Child Is Miraculously Meant to Be Yours
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. As the back cover says, this book is filled with “101 Stories about the Miracles that Are Just Waiting to Happen to All of Us,” with true stories of miraculous coincidences, answered prayers, mysterious healing, divine intervention, angels, and messages from heaven. Some of my favorite stories in the book are about when ...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Professor Michael Rousell Explains How You Can Create Life-Changing Chicken Soup for the Soul Moments in Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Professor Michael Rousell, who has some great tips for us, many based on Chicken Soup for the Soul stories, for how you can create life-changing formative moments for yourself and for the other people in your life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


It's Time to Open Your Last Present, the Gift of Forgiveness
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul and today I want to talk about your last holiday gift—the one that you may not have opened yet. This is the one that may make all the difference to you in the New Year—and that is the gift of forgiveness. You know I always said that our writers who were cancer survivors had some amazing insights—they had achieved the kind of clarity you get when you have to focus on what’s essential—and so I wasn’t surprised when I finished my cancer treatment nine m...

Finding Your Inner Strength Even in the Worst of Circumstances
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two stories that are great reminders that we all have an amazing amount of inner strength that we can call on when it’s needed. We’re constantly seeing stories from our writers about how they had no idea they had as much strength as they did, but they discovered this amazing reserve when they needed it. That enabled them to power through even in the worst of circumstances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad...

Tales of Smart Dogs… and a Con Job
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of fun stories from our new dog book, which is the bestselling dog book we’ve ever had. It’s all about Life Lessons from the Dog and we’ve been talking about rescued dogs who rescue us back, dogs that act as natural therapy dogs, and dogs that are our fierce protectors. Today I’m sharing two stories about smart dogs, or at least dogs that appear smart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Couples Running Together - Great for Physical Fitness and Relationships, Too
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. If you’ve been thinking about getting into a regular routine of running or walking, I have the stories to motivate you today, from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. These stories will get you out there, running, walking, hiking—and feeling great about yourself. And as it turns out, running or walking together is great for a relationship, too, as you’ll hear in today’s stories. Learn more about yo...

Magical, Miraculous Cats
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this book because we learn so much from our cats—they show us how to be better humans and they teach us about resilience and fortitude and loyalty. And then there are the times when they just make us laugh, and it’s because of how they get away with breaking our rules because they’re so cute. They’re also so independent that they’ll of...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Digging Out of the Student Debt Hole – Financial Expert Danetha Doe with Some Great Advice
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to financial expert Danetha Doe of our hit TV show, Going From Broke, which streams for free on Crackle and was produced by Ashton Kutcher, Matador Content and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and is hosted by Dan Rosensweig, the CEO of Chegg. The show streams for free on Crackle, which is available online at Crackle.com and on all major streaming platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, ...


Forgiveness After Death - It’s Still Freeing
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with inspiration for you from our book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been editor-in-chief, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. And that pain and resentment can last even longer than the person we...

Practicing Gratitude Really Works… and It’s Life-Changing
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I want to share two stories that will give you some great ideas for how you can tweak your attitude and truly make every day count. This is not hard. There are some really easy, quick things you can do. And they revolve around actively practicing gratitude and paying attention to what is good in your life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Tips that Work for Bringing the Power of Forgiveness into Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been doing this job, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Making a Difference Really Makes You Feel Good
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul for you, and today I’m sharing two stories about how volunteering can change everything for you. The biggest beneficiary of volunteer work is usually the person doing the work, not the one receiving the help. And I know that I’ve read in the past that doing volunteer work is often suggested by mental health professionals for their patients who are depressed or grieving or going through some other kind of difficulty. Learn more about your ad choice...

It’s Never Too Late to Apologize and Use the Power of Forgiveness
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from a book that’s perfect for the new year: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this new book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been doing this job, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. This may ...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Jennifer Quasha Shares Her Best, Practical New Year’s Resolutions – Ones that Really Work
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday and that means I get to introduce you to someone fascinating from the Chicken Soup for the Soul family. Today that is Jennifer Quasha, who has been a freelance writer and editor for almost twenty years. She has published more than forty books in the trade and school and library markets, including co-authoring four dog and cat titles for Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has also had 24 stories on a wide variety of topics published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books....


When Children and Their Birth Mothers Reconnect
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some new favorites for you from our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. I love this book for this time of year, because it’s the time that we make a fresh start, try new things, resolve to do things differently. And often, our resolutions have to do with relationships and making human connections… and what could be more meaningful than making a connection with a parent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Resolving to Have a Slower Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration from Chicken Soup for the Soul. You may have already made your New Year’s resolution, but if you haven’t, or if you’re looking for a better, more achievable one, I’ve got an idea for you today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

You Deserve to Be Treated Right
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and I’m back with two more inspiring stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard. Today we’re talking about a resolution that you should be making for the new year, and that is to make sure that you truly understand and act on the fact that you deserve to be treated right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Even Pets Feel That Holiday Spirit
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and today we’re talking about pets and the holidays. Because some of our best Christmas stories involve our pets, and the crazy and loving ways they participate in decorating, and giving, and eating, and all our other holiday activities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Two Simple Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you and today we’re talking about marriage—or any long-term relationships—and how to keep them fresh and loving and healthy. There are some simple little tweaks you can make to your perspective that will instantly work, and with all the little stressors that can arise during the holidays, I thought this would be a good topic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Making New Families During the Holidays
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today we’re talking about what happens when you’re not with your normal family members for Christmas—and how you can create a wonderful family holiday anyway. Family is a feeling, not just a narrowly defined thing, so I’m sharing two stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in which our writers learned how to fill their holidays with that family feeling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...


You Can Start Your Life Over at Any Time
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul for you and this is my 600th episode. Today I want to share two stories from our huge bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. You may have seen my coauthor Deborah Norville talking about it on various national news and talk shows. Today’s stories are about rebooting your life—how it’s never too late and how it can be the best thing that ever happened to you… even if you’re starting over because you’ve lost everything. Lea...

Don’t Carry Your Resentments and Disappointments Around with You
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today we’re talking about forgiveness, which I believe is essential to being happy. If you’re carrying around resentment and disappointment and anger because of things that have happened to you, you’re carrying quite a heavy burden. And the person you’re hurting is you, not the person or people who hurt you. It might sound impossible, but you really can use the power of forgiveness to free yourself. And it’s something you can accomplish instantly, j...

Homemade Holidays – A Tradition Anyone Can Start
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I bring you holiday inspiration from our book Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas. Today we’re going to talk about homemade gifts and I’ll share a couple of great ideas from our writers, who used homemade gifts to create holiday traditions and values. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Free Yourself with Self-Forgiveness
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this new book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been doing this job, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. And interestingly, self-forgiveness...

When Christmas Disasters Turn into Favorite Memories
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I bring you inspiration from our book Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas. This new collection of stories will help you get into the holiday spirit, and also remind you that sometimes the best Christmases of all are the ones where everything seems to go wrong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Counselor Linda Newton Explains How to Use the Power of Forgiveness to Make Your Holidays Happier
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Linda Newton, who is one of our regular contributors and always wows me with the advice and observations in her stories. Today we’re going to talk about forgiveness and how it has played a very constructive role in Linda’s life and her work as a counselor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


How to Make Every Single Day Count
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I want to talk about mindfulness, and living in the moment, and trying new things. I’ve got two stories to share with you that will give you some great ideas for how you can tweak your attitude and truly make every day count. This is not hard. There are some really easy, quick things you can do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Sharing Holidays? Get Creative and Make Some New Traditions
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I’m sharing two stories from our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. If you have large families, and lots of obligations, you know what it’s like to juggle everyone, share days, and keep everyone happy during the holidays. It’s stressful and it can make the holidays feel more like work than play. But you CAN get creative, and work around all those scheduling issues...

When The Kindness of Strangers Saves Christmas
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you and today we’re talking about how the holidays often bring out the very best in people, resulting in acts of kindness between strangers that truly make for a magical Christmas season. It’s a wonderful reminder, too, that if you’re feeling that itch—that desire to reach out and do something for someone—you should just go with it. Don’t be afraid to do it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


When The Kindness of Strangers Saves Christmas
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you and today we’re talking about how the holidays often bring out the very best in people, resulting in acts of kindness between strangers that truly make for a magical Christmas season. It’s a wonderful reminder, too, that if you’re feeling that itch—that desire to reach out and do something for someone—you should just go with it. Don’t be afraid to do it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Finding Comfort in a Little Christmas Miracle
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a couple more Christmas stories for you from our new Christmas book about the wonder of Christmas. I’m giving you a tour of the book in the podcast this month, and over time you’ll hear about 20 stories from the book! Today I want to focus on Christmas miracles, because if you keep your eyes open during the holidays you’ll see little miracles happening all over the place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Great Advice For Maintaining and Strengthening Your Friendships
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and today I’m going to continue my tour of our newest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard. I’m sharing about 20 stories from the book with you, in 10 separate podcasts, because this is a new topic and this book is absolutely filled with great advice that I want you to hear. Today, we’re going to talk about some great advice for maintaining and strengthening your friendships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Perfectly Imperfect Christmases
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today we’re talking about how to make the perfect Christmas—by accepting imperfection and learning how to enjoy the holidays instead of stressing over every little detail. I’ve always loved that quote about how it matters more who is sitting AROUND the table than what is ON the table, and that applies to all the different aspects of the holidays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Get All the Facts Before You Get Angry
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today we’re talking about forgiveness, which I believe is essential to being happy. If you’re carrying around all those resentments and disappointments and anger it can be quite a heavy load. One of the ways to free yourself is to make sure that you understand all the facts before you get angry, and I’m going to share two stories about that from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...

Giving Up Control to Gain Your Power
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. If you’re like me you like being in control, but today I’m going to share a couple of stories about how sometimes giving up control and accepting a different perspective can vastly improve your life. And by the way these stories are from real Type-A people! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Finding the Joy in Less During the Holidays
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I bring you inspiration from our new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas. This new collection of stories will help you jumpstart your holiday spirit, and today’s stories will also give you a sense of how much more joyful the holidays can be if you go for less instead of more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Use the Power of Forgiveness to Put Your Family Back Together
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this new book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been doing this job, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. Learn more about your ad choices. V...

Use the Power of Forgiveness to Put Your Family Back Together
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix. We made this new book because I’ve read tens of thousands of personal, revealing stories from our writers during the twelve years I’ve been doing this job, and I’ve come to understand that forgiveness is an essential key to happiness. Why is forgiveness so important? It’s because of the emotional weight we carry when we don’t forgive. Learn more about your ad choices. V...


Finding the Joy in the Fine Line Between Tragedy and Comedy
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I want to talk about finding joy even when things are going wrong, because we all know there’s a fine line between tragedy and comedy and there’s nothing better than collapsing with laughter instead of collapsing into despair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Treat Your Career Like an Airport. Author David-Matthew Barnes Explains
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m going to introduce you to David-Matthew Barnes,who’s going to explain how you can become more successful by treating your career like it’s an airport. You’ll understand why, when he explains how it works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Sometimes You Have to Compromise In Order To Have The Perfect Tree
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you as we enter the holiday season. Today we’re talking about compromise, just in time for that annual event: the negotiation over the Christmas tree. I’m going to share two stories today--about abandoning perfectionism, being flexible, and creating new traditions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Sometimes You Have to Compromise In Order To Have The Perfect Tree
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you as we enter the holiday season. Today we’re talking about compromise, just in time for that annual event: the negotiation over the Christmas tree. I’m going to share two stories today--about abandoning perfectionism, being flexible, and creating new traditions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Walk Out Onto That Playground Like You Own It
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you and today we’re talking about achievement: how to get into the right mindset to achieve your goals without changing anything except your attitude—and then what to do if that achievement causes people to treat you differently, sometimes not in a good way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Bestselling Author William Dameron Discusses the Power of Forgiveness
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to William Dameron, the bestselling author of a new book about forgiveness, living a lie, and finding a new life. He also has the dubious distinction of unknowingly having his photo used in hundreds of cat fishing schemes. We’re going to talk about the power of forgiveness to change your life and also about how William became a bestselling author while still maintaining his full-time, non-writing, job. L...


Miracles Happen When We’re Least Expecting Them
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your latest Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two miracles that came out of nowhere just when they were needed, from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. In this book, we have stories from people going through their ordinary, everyday lives who suddenly find the find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable healing, to angels and mes...

Miracles Happen When We’re Least Expecting Them
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your latest Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two miracles that came out of nowhere just when they were needed, from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. In this book, we have stories from people going through their ordinary, everyday lives who suddenly find the find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable healing, to angels and mes...

Neighbors Helping Neighbors - One of the Best Parts of the Holiday Season
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul from our brand-new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. This is such a fun collection of stories, but filled with deeper meaning too—like today’s stories which delve into the real meaning of Christmas and how people rise to the occasion and help each other out at Christmastime. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Neighbors Helping Neighbors - One of the Best Parts of the Holiday Season
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul from our brand-new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. This is such a fun collection of stories, but filled with deeper meaning too—like today’s stories which delve into the real meaning of Christmas and how people rise to the occasion and help each other out at Christmastime. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Sometimes It’s the People You Know Who Have the Best Advice
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I’m sharing two really simple tips that you can use to create a happier life—one tip that you can do by yourself in one day, and one that you can do as a group activity, maybe at Thanksgiving or Christmas or any other gathering where people are willing to be a little more introspective. What I love about the tips that I picked up from this book ...

The Joy of Christmas Giving
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, today from our brand-new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. This is such a fun collection of stories, but filled with deeper meaning too, like today’s stories, which delve into the real meaning of Christmas and gratitude and counting our blessings, which is worth thinking about as we head into Thanksgiving as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Adopting a Positive Power Attitude Can Change Everything
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul for you, and today I’m sharing two stories about how you can truly talk yourself into having a more positive attitude. The amazing thing is that even if you just pretend to be a more positive person, everyone will react to you differently and then before you know it, it will be true. This is proven over and over again in our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. It’s so simple to implement these practices and they are so...

Adopting a Positive Power Attitude Can Change Everything
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul for you, and today I’m sharing two stories about how you can truly talk yourself into having a more positive attitude. The amazing thing is that even if you just pretend to be a more positive person, everyone will react to you differently and then before you know it, it will be true. This is proven over and over again in our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. It’s so simple to implement these practices and they are so...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Dr. Mike Dow and Amy Discuss Weight Loss That Works and Forgiveness, In Time for the Holidays
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday. I’m back today with my friend Mike Dow, America’s go-to therapist. We’ve written a great new Chicken Soup for the Soul book that does something different. It takes Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and combines them with Dr. Mike’s easy to understand explanations of cognitive behavioral therapy so that you can actually act as your own therapist and solve some of your problems yourself! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


How to Get Your Gratitude On in Time for Thanksgiving
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you as we enter the holiday season. Today we’re going to talk about Thanksgiving and how you can get your gratitude on in time for all those get-togethers with family and friends. I read a study that said there are two keys to happiness: getting enough sleep and having gratitude—that is seeing the good in your life and being able to count your blessings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Get Your Forgiveness On in Time for the Holidays
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you. Today I’m going to talk about something that we can all use around Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and Christmas… and that is forgiveness. If you’re looking ahead to all those holiday get-togethers and wondering how you’re going to handle that sibling who you’re not getting along with, or that friend who’s been badmouthing you behind your back, today’s podcast is for you! Because I’m going to share two really wonderful stories abou...

Try Something New and Change Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I want to talk about how stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new, or something you’re sure you won’t like, or something you’re afraid of can transform your life. You’ll feel proud and excited when you do those new things, and your life will expand and seem to hold much greater potential. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me...


Try Something New and Change Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with today’s Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I want to talk about how stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new, or something you’re sure you won’t like, or something you’re afraid of can transform your life. You’ll feel proud and excited when you do those new things, and your life will expand and seem to hold much greater potential.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...

Two Divine, Miraculous Coincidences
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your latest Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m sharing two cases of what we like to call Divine Coincidence, two miracles that will give you goose bumps from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. In this book, we have stories from people going through their ordinary, everyday lives, who suddenly find the find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable h...

Counting Your Blessings Really Works
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I want to talk about one of the two key traits you need in order to be happy, and that is gratitude. What I love about gratitude is that you don’t have to be a naturally grateful person—this is a character trait that you can actually add on and it only takes a little practice to make it part of your life. There aren’t many character traits like ...


Counting Your Blessings Really Works
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today I want to talk about one of the two key traits you need in order to be happy, and that is gratitude. What I love about gratitude is that you don’t have to be a naturally grateful person—this is a character trait that you can actually add on and it only takes a little practice to make it part of your life. There aren’t many character traits like ...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Asking for Help Leads to a Life Changing Moment of Synchronicity
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Janet Rich, known as JR, who has an inspiring story in our new book about angels and miracles and an amazing coincidence. Her story is about a time when she was at a very low point in her life as a young adult and how she was led to a moment of synchronicity which put her on a life changing path to a fabulous career in the music industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Asking for Help Leads to a Life Changing Moment of Synchronicity
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Janet Rich, known as JR, who has an inspiring story in our new book about angels and miracles and an amazing coincidence. Her story is about a time when she was at a very low point in her life as a young adult and how she was led to a moment of synchronicity which put her on a life changing path to a fabulous career in the music industry.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Learning to Love the Cat
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul and today we’re talking about how you turn a cat hater into a cat lover, with two stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this book because we learn so much from our cats—they show us how to be better humans and they teach us about resilience and fortitude and loyalty. And sometimes they even turn a “dog person” into a very appreciative “cat person.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Learning How to Live in the Moment
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today we’re talking about how you can learn how to live in the moment and use mindfulness to take life one day at a time, instead of worrying about whatever it is that you’re prone to worrying about. This is a very personal episode for me because I’m going to share the story that I wrote for our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy, and this story is about how I deal with being in remission and living with the fear of my c...

Learning How to Live in the Moment
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today we’re talking about how you can learn how to live in the moment and use mindfulness to take life one day at a time, instead of worrying about whatever it is that you’re prone to worrying about. This is a very personal episode for me because I’m going to share the story that I wrote for our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy, and this story is about how I deal with being in remission and living with the fear of my c...


FRIEND FRIDAY – Dr. Mike Dow Shares Easy-to-Implement Tips for Saying Goodbye to Stress and Insomnia
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday. I’m back today with my friend Mike Dow, America’s go-to therapist. We’ve written a great new Chicken Soup for the Soul book that does something different. It takes Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and combines them with Dr. Mike’s easy to understand explanations of cognitive behavioral therapy so that you can actually act as your own therapist and solve some of your problems yourself! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How Your Dreams Can Reveal What Your Subconscious Already Knows
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you—and today I’m returning to one of my favorite topics—how your subconscious knows things about you that you’re just too busy to realize. It’s only while you’re sleeping that your subconscious can say, “Hey, I have something to tell you.” And it does that through your dreams. So I’m going to share two really cool stories with you, stories in which dreams revealed important truths to two of our writers. Learn more about your ad c...

How to Use Exposure Therapy to Conquer Your Fears
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some inspiration to help you conquer your fears—by exposing yourself to what you’re afraid of. Exposure therapy is a very effective form of behavioral therapy, and it’s one that you can do yourself, without even going to a therapist. Many of our writers seem to intuitively know how to do this for themselves, and today I’m going to share a couple of stories with you that show you how to do this yourself, no matter what it is that’s holding you back from fully enjoying your life. Le...


FRIEND FRIDAY - Deborah Norville Talks Positive Thinking, Gratitude, Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone, and Living in the Moment
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Deborah Norville, who is my coauthor on a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book coming out on September 24th called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today we’re going to talk about how you can use positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and a host of other strategies to create the best possible life for you and yours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY - Deborah Norville Talks Positive Thinking, Gratitude, Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone, and Living in the Moment
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Deborah Norville, who is my coauthor on a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book coming out on September 24th called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy. Today we’re going to talk about how you can use positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and a host of other strategies to create the best possible life for you and yours.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

When Cats Make Us Better Humans
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I’m sharing two stories from our latest bestselling cat book about Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this new collection because we do learn so many lessons from our cats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


When Cats Make Us Better Humans
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I’m sharing two stories from our latest bestselling cat book about Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this new collection because we do learn so many lessons from our cats.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Life-Changing Reassurance from Beyond
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. This book offers glimpses into the lives of regular people who find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable healing, to angels and messages from heaven, these stories prove that miracles can happen, every day, to people from all walks of life. Learn more about your ad cho...

When Cats Are Natural Therapists
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul and today your inspiration is from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. Today I’m sharing two stories about the uncanny ability of cats to act as natural therapists for their humans. They’re small animals, and often thought of as aloof, but when they want to, these little animals can be a huge help, often benefiting their humans even more than other humans can. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f...


Uncanny Wise Words from Strangers in Our New Angels Book
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I bring you inspiration from our new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. This new collection of stories offers glimpses into the lives of regular people who find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable healing, to angels and messages from heaven, these stories prove that miracles can happen, every day, to people from all ...

Uncanny Wise Words from Strangers in Our New Angels Book
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I bring you inspiration from our new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. This new collection of stories offers glimpses into the lives of regular people who find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable healing, to angels and messages from heaven, these stories prove that miracles can happen, every day, to people from all ...

Lessons in Socializing… from the Dog
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of stories about how your dog can be the key to a better social life. This is one of the many themes from our bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog. We always think that we rescued them, but in fact they usually rescue us, because of the way they serve as role models for making us the best humans we can be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...


Lessons in Socializing… from the Dog
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of stories about how your dog can be the key to a better social life. This is one of the many themes from our bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog. We always think that we rescued them, but in fact they usually rescue us, because of the way they serve as role models for making us the best humans we can be.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Dr. Mike Dow and Amy Discuss Their New Book That Teaches You How to Be Your Own Therapist
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday. Today I’m excited to be talking with Dr. Mike Dow, who I like to call America’s go-to therapist. Mike and I have made a completely new kind of Chicken Soup for the Soul book together, one that combines Chicken Soup for the Soul stories with Mike’s easy-to-implement tips that show you how you can solve many of your problems yourself, without using a therapist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Dr. Mike Dow and Amy Discuss Their New Book That Teaches You How to Be Your Own Therapist
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday. Today I’m excited to be talking with Dr. Mike Dow, who I like to call America’s go-to therapist. Mike and I have made a completely new kind of Chicken Soup for the Soul book together, one that combines Chicken Soup for the Soul stories with Mike’s easy-to-implement tips that show you how you can solve many of your problems yourself, without using a therapist.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Listen to Your Dreams and Change Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. We’ve been talking in recent weeks about how you can use the power of saying yes to change your life. There’s another great way you can make positive change, and that is to actually pay attention to your dreams—the ones you have while you’re asleep. Why? Because that’s when your subconscious, which actually knows A LOT about you, has your full attention, because you’re not distracted by all the things that are around...

Making a Conscious Decision to Shake Things Up – The Power of Yes to Change Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark. Today I’m going to talk about a little word that has a big impact—to change your life for the better. I’m really passionate about this topic—the positive effect of saying YES to new things and the potential to change your life. Yes is a word that I’ve made a policy of saying, and It has re-energized my life and made me much happier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Miraculous Comfort from Beyond
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. Today I want to talk about messages from heaven and the remarkable experiences that two women had as they were mourning a lost family member. Whether you believe in angels and miracles, or just that good things can happen to good people, we have some very cool stories in this book, with 101 wow stories chosen from the thousands that were submitted. We mak...


Walking and Running as Therapy
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. It’s summer and it’s time to get yourself on your feet and outside. If you’ve been thinking about getting into a regular routine of running or walking, I have the stories to motivate you today, from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. One of the themes in the book is how effective running is as a therapy. So many of our writers talk about how running… or hiking… or walking helped them overcome stre...

Preview Our New Angels All Around Book with Two Stories of Miraculous Intervention
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around. This book offers glimpses into the lives of regular people who find themselves in extraordinary, unexplainable situations. From miraculous connections and answered prayers, to divine intervention and inexplicable healing, to angels and messages from heaven, these stories prove that miracles can happen, every day, to people from all walks of life. Learn more about...

FRIEND FRIDAY - One Crazy Ultramarathoner - Michelle Barton
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Michelle Barton, who is what is known as an ultrarunner. In regular English, that means she is crazy. She has competed in some of the toughest races on the planet, including races like the Badwater 135, which takes place in the middle of the summer in Death Valley and goes 135 miles.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Running Right into Fitness
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. It’s summer and it’s time to get yourself on your feet and outside. If you’ve been thinking about getting into a regular routine of running or walking, I have the stories to motivate you today, from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Catering to the Cat
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from one of our latest bestsellers, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this book because we do learn so many lessons from our cats… They show us how to be better humans. They teach us about resilience and fortitude and loyalty. If we rescued them, they rescue us back. And then there are the times when we feel more like staff than owners, because everyone who lives with a cat knows who’s really in ...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Randy Collins Is in His Forties But Plays Lacrosse for USC – His Story
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday. Today I’m excited to introduce you to Randy Collins, who is pretty well known in the LA area for being on the USC lacrosse team… and being twice as old as his teammates. That’s a Division ONE team, by the way. Randy wrote about his journey from being an overweight Marine to being a USC lacrosse player and PhD candidate in his story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Saying Yes to New Connections – Great Ideas for Making New Friends
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you—and this could change your social life. When we asked people to send us stories about how they used the power of yes to change their lives, we never imagined how many stories we would get about how people forced themselves to step outside their comfort zones and made a whole bunch of new friends as a result. It’s advice that a lot of us can use. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Embracing Change and Getting Out of Your Rut – Two Inspirational Tales
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a couple of new Chicken Soup for the Soul stories that will help you learn how to embrace change and avoid getting stuck in a rut. Because life is about using the power of yes to keep growing and changing and doing new things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Tales of Smart Dogs… and a Con Job
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of fun stories from our new dog book, which is the bestselling dog book we’ve ever had. It’s all about Life Lessons from the Dog and we’ve been talking about rescued dogs who rescue us back, dogs that act as natural therapy dogs, and dogs that are our fierce protectors. Today I’m sharing two stories about smart dogs, or at least dogs that appear smart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Couples Running Together - Great for Physical Fitness and Relationships, Too
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. If you’ve been thinking about getting into a regular routine of running or walking, I have the stories to motivate you today, from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. These stories will get you out there, running, walking, hiking—and feeling great about yourself. And as it turns out, running or walking together is great for a relationship, too, as you’ll hear in today’s stories. Learn more about yo...

Magical, Miraculous Cats
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this book because we learn so much from our cats—they show us how to be better humans and they teach us about resilience and fortitude and loyalty. And then there are the times when they just make us laugh, and it’s because of how they get away with breaking our rules because they’re so cute. They’re also so independent that they’ll of...

FRIEND FRIDAY - From Obese to Olympic Torchbearer - How One Woman Went for the “Gold”
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today we’re welcoming Sara Etgen-Baker, who lost 170 pounds through running and then was honored to be one of torchbearers who carried the Olympic flame to the Salt Lake City Olympics. It’s a story of fortitude, passion, and a lot of luck, too. You’ll be amazed at the miraculous way in which everything came together for her. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Uncanny Ability of Dogs to Act as Natural Therapists
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of stories about the uncanny way that dogs act as natural therapists. They just intuitively know what to do to help a human who needs help. This is one of the many themes Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog, which will probably make you want to go out and adopt a dog from your local shelter right away if you don’t already have one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...

When Grandfather Knows Best
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. I think all the grandparents listening KNOW they have a lot of child-raising wisdom to share with their grown children—who are parents of their own kids now—but grandparents also know that advice is not always welcomed. So in the first story I’m going to share with you today, a young mother admits that her dad actually did get it right! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap...

FRIEND FRIDAY – How One Chicken Soup for the Soul Writer Fights Human Trafficking
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m going to introduce you to Susan Panzica, who is really a wonderful person and you’re going to find out why today. Susan is a a former government employee in the U.S. Customs Service who now works in her husband’s chiropractic office. She is the mother of two grown children,  and she is a writer. But what is most fascinating about her is that she is a modern day abolitionist. Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...


It's Never Too Late to Become an Adventurous Person Who Embraces the New – The Transformational Power of Saying Yes
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and today I’m here to talk about the transformational power of saying yes to new things. We have a book about this coming out in August, but today I’m going to share a couple of stories from two of our past books. This first story had a huge impact on me, and what I love about it is that it involves a change you can make in your life JUST BY DECIDING. It’s that simple. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Why You Should Get That Special Coffee – And Other Ways to Add Delight to Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about why you should step outside your comfort zone and add some simple luxuries to your life. These are easy, inexpensive ways to treat yourself better and to make your life more fun, and exciting, too.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Mothers Who Run and Motivation for All of Us
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Dimity McDowell, one of the two amazing women behind the organization for runners called Another Mother Runner. Today we’re going to talk about how to get yourself motivated to get out there, and also how running can be the basis for your social life and the community you build for yourself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Surprisingly Smart Cats That Will Amaze and Amuse You
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from one of our latest bestsellers, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this book because we do learn so much from our cats… They show us how to be better humans. They teach us about resilience and fortitude and loyalty. If we rescued them, they rescue us back. And then there are the times when they just make us laugh, and it’s because of how smart they are—surprisingly smart most of the time. Lear...

Stress Relief Through Running and Hiking – Two Dramatic Examples
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. It’s summer and it’s time to get yourself on your feet and outside. If you’ve been thinking about getting into a regular routine of running or walking, I have the stories to motivate you today, from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. It was my coauthor Dean Karnazes who suggested the title Running for Good, and we’re not just talking about how running is good for your fitness, or how you can run t...

FRIEND FRIDAY – New York Times Writer Jen Miller Shares Her Tips for Getting On Your Feet and Out There
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. We’re welcoming journalist and book author Jen Miller, whose work you may have read in the New York Times, as she writes their weekly running newsletter. Jen is going to tell us how she got started as a runner and how we can get ourselves out there to do the same, or if we’re already running or walking, how we can make it even better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Using Running as a Highly Effective Parenting Tool
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. It’s summer and it’s time to get yourself on your feet and outside. If you’ve been thinking about getting into a regular routine of running or walking, I have the stories to motivate you today, from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. In fact these stories will work for your whole family and give you some ideas about how you can run with your children and use running as a way to improve family bond...

Keeping Secrets – A Grandparent’s Job
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. There is such mutual admiration between grandchildren and grandparents, and grandparents may not even know how powerful they are as role models and confidants and purveyors of advice and wisdom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Remembering Our Unity After 911 – A Reminder of the True Spirit of America
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration from Chicken Soup for the Soul. It’s the 16th anniversary of 9/11 and we need to stop and think today. One of the things that I’m noticing is the difference in our unity now versus then. Do you remember what it was like right after 9/11? How we were so united, nationwide? We were one, noticing what was the same about us, not what was different. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


A Couple of Patriotic, Moving Stories that Will Get You Ready for the Fourth of July
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a couple of stories to get you in the holiday spirit for the Fourth of July this week. These are two patriotic, emotional stories that both make me tear up. They are a great reminder of the true spirit of America and the fact that we all love our country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Get into the Spirit of America with the Red, White and Blue for The Fourth of July
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. the Fourth of July is coming up, and since we have our new book out now, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America, which is full of patriotic stories, I’m going to share a couple of inspiring ones about the red, white and blue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


When Even Big Brave Dogs Are Afraid
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of stories about how even the biggest, bravest dogs can be afraid of some things. And with the Fourth of July fireworks almost upon us, and all those summer thunderstorms, I thought it would be fun to see how other people’s dogs react. We have several funny stories about this in our new bestseller about the Life Lessons we learn from our Dogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...


Running and Walking Your Way into Friendships
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. It’s summer and it’s time to get yourself on your feet and outside. If you’ve been thinking about getting into a regular routine of running or walking, I have the stories to motivate you today, from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

When a Cat Is Meant to Be Yours… and Tells You So
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this book because we learn so much from our cats—they show us how to be better humans and they teach us about resilience and fortitude and loyalty. If we rescued them, they rescue us back. And then there are the times when they just make us laugh, and it’s because of how they finagle extra privileges or how they get away with breaking ...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Brian Reynolds, World Record-holding Double Amputee Runner, Explains How We Can All Achieve Our Personal Best
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Brian Reynolds, a world record-holding double amputee runner. And yes Brian has broken the world record time for marathon and half marathon for double amputees in the past two years, but there’s more to his story than that. This is a story of resilience and fortitude and persistence and optimism that started at age 4. Brian tells this story in our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good,...


How to Get Started Running or Walking – And Change Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. It’s summer and it’s time to get yourself on your feet and outside. If you’ve been thinking about getting into a regular routine of running or walking, I have the stories to motivate you today, from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Our Dogs, Our Protectors
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of stories about how even the gentlest, most laidback dogs can rise to the occasion and act as fierce protectors for their families. We often think that we saved their lives, and that we care for them, but we get so many stories from people about how their dogs changed everything for them, in one critical moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY – How Dress for Success Works with Women All Over the World to Help Them Become Empowered
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday. Today I’m excited to introduce you to Joi Gordon, who is the CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. Dress for Success is a wonderful nonprofit that helps women to support themselves and their families, and that’s why we are supporting them with royalties from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Empowered Woman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Love at First Sight – It Really Does Happen
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a couple of my new favorite stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Miracle of Love. So Love at First Sight is one of those movie or summer reading topics that we all enjoy, but does it really happen? Well, we have so many stories about love at first sight in our new book that we made a whole chapter for them, and I’m going to share a couple of them with you today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Quiet Way Dads Show Their Love
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you during this Father’s Day week. With Father’s Day approaching, many of us are thinking about how we can show our dads we appreciate them, and we may also be thinking about the way they show us that they love us, which can be a little understated at times. Sometimes dads show they care in a more quiet way, not by saying “I love you” out loud.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes Shares Motivation and Tips to Get You Out There – Running, and Walking Too
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. We’re welcoming world renowned runner, author, and philanthropist Dean Karnazes back to the podcast. Today we’re talking about how you can get yourself out there – whether it’s running or walking. Dean’s going to share some motivation and tips with you and discuss what crazy running feats he’s undertaking these days. We’ll also discuss the new book that Dean just made with Chicken Soup for the Soul. Learn more about your ...


When the House Belongs to the Cat, Not to the Humans
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. One of the themes that I love in this book is the independence of cats, and how determined they are to decide where they’re going to live. In fact, in some cases the cats really do seem to believe that their houses belong to them, and that the humans who live there are just tenants who are free to go or stay—it’s no matter to the cat. Learn more ...

Every Dog Has Potential, No Matter How Unappealing at First Glance
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of stories about how even the most unappealing-at-first-glance dogs actually turn out to be gentle, beautiful pets. All it takes is getting to know them. This is one of the many themes in our new bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog, which will probably make you want to go out and adopt a dog from your local shelter right away if you don’t already have one. Learn ...


When Grandmothers Are Role Models Making Grandchildren More Adventurous
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. There is such mutual admiration between grandchildren and grandparents, and grandparents may not even know how powerful they are as role models. Grandchildren often heed the advice of their grandparents more than their parents, and they often think their grandparents are a lot cooler than their parents too!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm...

When the Cat Chooses You – And It’s Meant to Be
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Cat. We created this book because we learn so much from our cats… They show us how to be better humans. They teach us so about resilience and fortitude and loyalty. If we rescued them, they rescue us back. And then there are the times when they just make us laugh, and it’s because of how they finagle extra privileges or how they get away with breaking...

FRIEND FRIDAY – A Woman Powers Her Way Through the Engineering World… and Rescues Dogs on the Side
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday and we’re going to continue our tour of the empowered women in our latest book. Today we’re going to talk to Jenny Pavlovic, a Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor who I was always accustomed to thinking of as a big dog rescue person, until I read her story that we published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Empowered Woman and realized that she has a PhD in biomedical engineering and is a big deal engineer who started out in what was very much a male field. Lea...


Sometimes You've Got to Do It Yourself – Empowered Mothers Being Role Models for Their Kids
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with two more inspirational stories for you from our new book, one that’s creating quite a buzz--Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Empowered Woman. I love this book, because even if you’re already feeling pretty confident and courageous and happy with how you’re running your life, you can probably use even more of that feeling. There’s nothing like 101 stories from women supporting each other, sharing their most personal revealing stories and their best advice and wisdom with us. Learn mo...

Summer's Coming! How to Get Yourself into That Bathing Suit and Liking It
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration from Chicken Soup for the Soul, to help you get ready for summer, which means getting into that bathing suit… and liking it! Body image is a big problem for many of us, and I include myself, and it stinks when we let that interfere with us participating in fun activities with our families and friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Miraculous Ways that Some Dogs Say Goodbye
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog. I’m sharing a couple dozen different stories from the book with you on the podcast, some in the coming weeks, and some in episodes that have already aired, so you can go back and listen to those, too, if you want to hear all of them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


When the Grandchildren Move In – Burden or Blessing?
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from a really fun book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. I’ll be sharing 15 stories from the book with you on the podcast, all about grandmothers and grandfathers—and so many of these stories are really magical. Like today’s stories about grandparents who report about what happened when the grandchildren moved in with them—which always sounds like it will be a great way to really get to know the grandchildren but is al...

The Incredible Strength and Fortitude of Mothers
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best. I’ve shared a dozen different stories from the book with you on the podcast, so you can go back and listen to the ones you missed if you want to hear all of them. Today’s stories are about how strong mothers are, because they always rise to the occasion and impress their kids with how they power through the bad things that life throws at them and their fami...

Our Dogs, Our Personal Trainers
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you, and today I want to share a couple of stories about how dogs can act as your personal trainer—and frequently do! Our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog, contains many stories about how having a dog has improved someone’s health and fitness—both physically and mentally. It’s amazing how many people have their lives transformed through having a dog—because the dog gets them walking or running, get...


The Unconditional Support of Grandparents Can Be Transformative for LGBT Grandchildren
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. I’ll be sharing 15 stories from the book with you on the podcast, all about grandmothers and grandfathers, and so many of these stories are really magical. Like today’s stories about grandparents who accepted that their grandchildren were different and made them feel loved, and supported, and understood even while other people thought there was something wrong with...

The Best Childcare Tips from Moms, Especially When the Kids Are Driving You Crazy
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. And today that inspiration is coming from Mom – from two moms in fact, who gave their daughters some great childcare tips when they really needed them, namely when the kids were driving them crazy. We’re about halfway through our review of stories from our bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best so if you want to hear more stories like these, listen to future episodes of the podcast as well, and also go back an...


Tales of Spunky Grandmothers from our New Book about Wacky Family Members
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a couple of my new favorite stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family. We have a lot of stories in the book about eccentric, wacky grandmothers but all of the stories are filled with admiration for these spunky women, who really do teach their grandchildren a lot about how to live their lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Mothers as Role Models – The Wise Words from These Two Moms that We Can All Use
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about mothers as role models, because when you’re in the trenches raising your kids, or even later, when they’re grown but you’re still trying to give them advice, which is sometimes unwanted, you wonder if you’re getting through. Did you make a difference? Did the kids even listen to you? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Modern Grandparenting in the Age of Far-flung Families and Facetime
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. I’ll be sharing 15 stories from the book with you on the podcast, all about grandmothers and grandfathers, so keep listening if you want to hear all of them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Canine Kindness That Will Melt Your Heart
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog. I’m sharing a couple dozen different stories from the book with you on the podcast, some in the coming weeks, and some in episodes that have already aired, so you can go back and listen to those, too, if you want to hear all of them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How Mothers and Daughters Turn into Friends as Life Goes On
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some new Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you. Today I’m going to share a couple of stories that demonstrate that moms really do know best from our new book for mothers and grandmothers. We made this book to show mothers that their kids really have been listening all along, and that all those lessons they’ve been imparting really are getting inside the heads of the children and grandchildren. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Loyalty and Faith of a Dog Is Almost Heartbreaking
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you and today I want to share a couple of really moving stories about dogs—their loyalty and their faith in their human families. We’ve just put out our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog, and I’m so excited about the stories in this book that I’m actually planning to share more than 20 stories from the book with you over the next few months. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoice...


When Your Dog Has a Side Hustle – Life Lessons in Resourcefulness
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog. We learn so much from our dogs. If we rescued them, they rescue us back. They show us how to be better humans. And they teach us so much about resilience, and fortitude, and loyalty. But then there are the times when they just make us laugh, and it’s because of how they finagle more food or extra privileges or how they get away with breaking our ...

Life Lessons - Learning about Compassion and Giving Back from Our Moms
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. And today that inspiration is coming from Mom – from two moms in fact, who instilled life lessons in their children about compassion and giving back—and showing up. These two stories had a big impact on our editorial team, and even though we’ve all read tens of thousands of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories, these made us better people. So here we go, with a sneak preview of what you can expect to find in Chicken Soup for t...


Moms Always Know Best and Here Are Two Stories that Prove It
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some new favorites for you from our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom. Mother’s Day is a month and a half away, but the way the retailers work, they start putting up their Mother’s Day displays in late March, so we always get our Mother’s Day gift books out in mid-March. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Easter Is Around the Corner – The Gifts Kids Really Want
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration for you from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about the gift of time, which is something that our kids REALLY want, as we see over and over again in Chicken Soup for the Soul stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY – A National Humor Columnist Explains the Way the New Generation of Parents Handles Pregnancy and First Grandchildren
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m going to introduce you to Suzette Martinez Standring, a national newspaper columnist who we’re lucky enough to have as one of our writers as well. We’re going to talk about millennials, and pregnancy, and having that first grandchild. Because millennials definitely do it differently than we middle aged parents did—they have elaborate pregnancy annoucnements, gender reveal parties, and even make announcements whe...


When Grandfathers Make Magical Things Happen
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. I’ll be sharing 15 stories from the book with you on the podcast, all about grandmothers and grandfathers, and so many of these stories are really magical. Like today’s stories about two grandfathers who created magical adventures for their grandchildren. These are the kinds of stories that stick with you long after you’ve heard them, and we can all relate to that ...

Mothers Really Do Give the Best Advice
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best. I’m sharing a dozen different stories from the book with you on the podcast, some in the coming weeks, and some in episodes that have already aired, so you can go back and listen to those, too, if you want to hear all of them. If you’re a mom you’ll appreciate that once the kids are grown they really do indicate that they’ve been listening all along! And to...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Brad Meltzer Discusses His New Bestseller about the Plot to Kill George Washington
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. We’re welcoming back the NY Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer, whose latest bestseller is his first non fiction book for adults. It’s called The First Conspiracy and it’s about a secret plot to kill George Washington. We’re going to talk about the book today, and also about how Brad manages to put out bestseller after bestseller. The discipline required to be a consistently productive author is always inspiring, since...


A Great Strategy for Motivating Yourself to Get Rid of All That Excess Stuff
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you and today I want to talk about spring-cleaning, which is right around the corner. I am guilty of holding onto way too much stuff, so I went back and read our book about The Joy of Less and now I have new resolve to get rid of half my possessions. Today I’m going to share two stories that worked for me three years ago when I took at least ten carloads of clothing and other items to the church thrift shop. I think these stories ...

Why You Should Put Self-Care on Your To-Do List
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. Today I’m going to share a couple of stories that will show you why it’s important to treat yourself once in a while and why taking care of yourself should be on your daily to-do list. And in both of these stories, it was someone’s mom who made that point. These stories come from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best. Because she does know best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan Explains How She Left the World of Finance to Become One of the Only Female Masters of Wine in the US
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m going to introduce you to one of our storywriters, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, who has a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive about how she completely rebooted her life and changed careers in a dramatic way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


There's Nothing Like Divorce to Bring People Together, at Least in These Two Families
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and today I’m going to share two of my new favorite stories with you, from our brand new book that just came out yesterday – Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family. I love these stories because they’re about family members coming together – as friends – even after divorces. This happens more often than you would think, and I know it’s the case in my own family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Do You Know Someone Who's Shy? How Two Women Overcame Their Shyness
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I’m going to share a couple of stories that show that even the shyest people can find a way to overcome their shyness. Here’s how these two shy people found their self-confidence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Actress Eva LaRue Talks about Animal and Human Rights
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m going to introduce you to Eva LaRue, who is a fairly new member of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family as the host of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales television show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Miraculous Connections that Show that Love Doesn’t Die
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some new inspiration for you from our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles. This is the book I’ve been sharing with you over the past couple of months—two dozen stories in all on this podcast. Because this book is a huge bestseller for us and there’s a reason for that—because we all hope and dream that when we lose someone there’s still some kind of connection. These stories are about amazing coincidences, dreams, and other events that ma...

The Power of Forgiveness to Put the Past in the Past
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you and today I want to revisit a very important life tip, and that is how to use the power of forgiveness. This is one of the most effective ways I know to improve your life because forgiveness lets you put the past in the past where it belongs. We’re actually putting together a new book called The Forgiveness Fix, which will come out in late 2019, but in the meantime I’m going to share a couple of stories from Chicken Soup for t...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Holly Baker of Our Hit TV Show Vacation Rental Potential Talks about Popular Vacation Locations for This Spring and Summer
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. With spring and summer feeling like they’re just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to talk to Holly Baker today, as she can tell us about some wonderful vacation locations to try this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Amazing Coincidences that Prove that Miracles Do Happen
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and today I’m going to continue my tour of our newest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles. I’m sharing a couple dozen different stories from the book with you on the podcast, some in the coming weeks, and some in episodes that have already aired, so you can go back and listen to those, too, if you want to hear all of them. Today I want to share a couple of stories about amazing, miraculous coincidences… because miracles do happen and we love p...

Reassurance from Beyond – Finding Peace after Losing a Loved One
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles. I’m sharing a couple dozen different stories from the book with you on the podcast, some in the coming weeks, and some in episodes that have already aired, so you can go back and listen to those, too, if you want to hear all of them. I think you’ll be amazed, inspired, and comforted by them, because what they show is that when we lo...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Dr. Dream, Kelly Sullivan Walden, Stops by to Discuss How Her Own Dreams Influence Her Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m bringing back one of our most popular guests – Kelly Sullivan Walden – America’s dream expert. Kelly and I have made two books together—Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions, and more recently Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and the Unexplainable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...



The Miracle of Finding Love – Two Stories of Divine Intervention
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and we’re continuing with our week of love stories today, with two stories about the miracle of finding love – through what seems a lot like divine intervention. These two stories come from our book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and More. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

When Love Is Worth the Wait – Two of Our Favorite Love Stories
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I want to share two of my absolute favorite love stories with you today, and then we’re going to continue talking about love the rest of the week! Both of these stories come from Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love, a book that I loved making so much that I was disappointed when we finished the manuscript, because I was enjoying the stories so much. Learn more about your ad choices. ...


Advice from Beyond – When a Loved One Frees You to Get On with Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a little Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration for you from our latest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles. I’m sharing a couple dozen different stories from the book with you on the podcast, some in the coming weeks, and some in episodes that have already aired, so you can go back and listen to those, too, if you want to hear all of them. I think you’ll be amazed, inspired, and comforted by them, because what they show is that when we lo...

The Power of Smiling to Change Your Day in One Second
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your daily dose of Chicken Soup for the Soul inspiration. Today I’m going to share one of those ideas that is so easy to implement and so obvious, and yet so worth repeating! Every so often, I just have to share a couple of these stories… about the power of smiling to change everything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Mystery and Magic of Dreams from Heaven
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some new inspiration for you from our latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles. Today we’re going to talk about dreams. I don’t know about you but I’ve had dreams in which I was talking to my grandmother or my mother and they seem so alive in those dreams. Well, today’s stories are about those kinds of dreams and life changing impact they can have. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Protection from Beyond – A Mother’s Job Is Never Done
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and today I’m going to continue my tour of our newest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles. Today’s stories will give you chills, and definitely make you believe that mothers can continue to protect us even after they have passed on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Two Tips for Raising Secure But Adventurous Kids
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and I’m back with two more great tips from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard. That’s the book that has been on the self-help bestseller list every week since we published it in early November. I’m sharing 20 stories from the book on this podcast, on a wide variety of topics. Today I’ll share two stories that will give you great ideas for how to raise secure but adventurous children and grandchildren. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Time for a Change? How to Use Your Dreams to Figure Out What’s Next for You
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m bringing back one of our most popular guests – Kelly Sullivan Walden – American’s dream expert. Kelly and I have made two books together—Chicken Soup for the Soul Dreams and Premonitions, and more recently Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and the Unexplainable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Everyone’s Wish – More Time in a Day. Here’s How to Get It
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with a couple of easy tips for you that I think will give you a little more of what everyone wants, and that is TIME. I’m sure you say it all the time: “I wish there was more time in a day.” Well, I’ve been listening to our writers and I’ve picked up a couple of easy-to-implement tips – life hacks – that will truly make you feel like you have more time in your days. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Your Job Isn't Making You Happy? Here's How Two Women Solved that Problem
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with some instant inspiration from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Today I want to talk about New Year’s and how we all get pretty introspective at this time of year. One of the themes that I see over and over again from our writers is their thoughts about their JOBS and whether they should keep doing them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


How Did They Know? Two Miraculous Stories of Life After Death
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and I’m back with two more inspiring and surprising stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles. These stories will make you wonder—and if you’ve ever worried about what happens to our loved ones when they die, these stories will give you comfort. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How Two Simple Phrases Can Improve Your Life
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and today I’m going to continue my tour of our newest bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard. I’m sharing about 20 stories from the book with you, in 10 separate podcasts, because this is a new topic and this book is absolutely filled with great advice that I want you to hear. Today, we’re going to talk about a couple of short, simple phrases that changed everything for two people who really needed to hear them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap...

FRIEND FRIDAY – Radio Host Cj Cole Wows Us with Her Story about a Psychic Who Knew Way Too Much
Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m going to introduce you to Cj Cole, who’s publishing her second story with us. This one appears in our brand new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles and her prior story appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...