Use All the Crayons!: The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness

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Chris Rodell likes to consult with a five-year-old anytime he needs a reminder as to what is important in life. In his uplifting, humorous, and spiritual guidebook Use All the Crayons!, Rodell encourages others to become universally happy by becoming more colorful, interesting, and, most importantly, fun!

Rodell insists that colorful people are invited to the coolest parties; with that goal in mind, he presents over five hundred tips and entertaining, Dale Carnegielike anecdotes that provide a glimpse into how he has successfully transformed his life into one not focused on money or fame, but instead on inspirational experiences, laughter, and fulfillment. Accompanied by personal diary entries, Rodell shares simple ideas for living a more colorful life, including adding the title Rev. to all subscriptions and charitable donations, keeping handfuls of confetti ready for impromptu celebrations, and understanding the advantages of getting a $75 wrist tattoo of an $18,000 Rolex instead of the real thing.

Like a box of crayons, we are all born with an astounding range of color options. This effervescent guidebook combines populist common sense with a healthy dose of optimism in the hopes of teaching others how to make every day as vivacious as the brightest crayon in the box.

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Chris Rodell has wrestled alligators, gone skydiving, gained twenty pounds in one week eating like Elvis, and lain on a bed of nails to demonstrate the power of the mind over pain. He blogs at and has written hundreds of travel features for many of America’s top newspapers and magazines. His humor features and essays have been published by Playboy, Esquire, Men’s Health, Maxim, Cooking Light, Golf, Sports Illustrated and USA Today Weekend. He’ll write for anyone who pays him. He is a PROSEtitute.

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Oct 14, 2013
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