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Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart [Kindle Edition]

Trista Sutter

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Book Description

Trista Rehn was a pediatric physical therapist moonlighting as a Miami Heat dancer when she heard about casting for a new reality show—one guy getting to know twenty-five girls in the hope of finding a fiancée. As improbable and crazy as it sounded, Trista took the chance—and had her heart broken on the very first season of The Bachelor. But the next season, as the first Bachelorette, her fairy tale fell into place during a whirlwind courtship with poetry-writing firefighter Ryan Sutter and, eventually, a dream-come-true wedding on national TV.

In the midst of building a life with Ryan and raising two kids, Trista started to make a conscious effort to remember her favorite part of each day. And she’s made sure to post these thoughts, her own personal expressions of gratitude, almost every night on Twitter and Facebook—even on days she was dealing with fertility issues, a difficult pregnancy, family deaths, and other challenges that many of us face.

Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures and the most unassuming things that can have the greatest effects. Trista is often asked her secret to being one of the rare reality-TV relationships to make it to the altar and beyond. In this heartfelt book, she shares the simple yet profound keys to finding everyday happiness: gratitude and grace. From the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments we have with our kids, our spouses, our pets, or even strangers, to the more obvious lessons we pick up from reading the news or hearing an inspirational story, knowing how to recognize, accept, and be grateful for all of our daily blessings is truly what “happily ever after” means.

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"Trista Sutter has written a breezy, warm and friendly reminder about the power and benefits of gratitude. And I'm grateful that she did!"--Tom Bergeron, Host, Dancing with the Stars "As a mommy of four, it is so important for me to teach my children to live their lives with a grateful heart. I thank Trista, my fellow mom-ista, for all the tips, stories, and research on how to do that. It's also a great reminder for us parents too!"--Tori Spelling, actress and bestselling author "We call Trista the 'godmother' of The Bachelor franchise for a reason. She stands for everything that's good about our show and life--and that shines through in her book. After reading Happily Ever After, I'm even more proud to call her my friend."--Chris Harrison, Host, The Bachelor "As a two-time cancer survivor and co-founder of the charity organization, Grassroot Soccer, I know the undeniable value of gratitude. Whether you are giving or receiving, Happily Ever After shows us what I have come to accept as truth--in order to fully live a happy life, you must acknowledge the gifts that life has to offer and be thankful for all of them...big and small."--Ethan Zohn, 2002 winner of Survivor "This book is a wonderful reminder that in everything we do we should give thanks. From the beautiful life-changers to the everyday little things to the struggles that break us down, EVERYTHING is a gift and it's important for us to acknowledge that."--Ali Landry, actress and model, and Miss USA 1996 "Happily Ever After is profound, passionate and practical. These stories of gratitude will move, inspire and touch you--you will not be able to live your life the same way."--Lee M. Brower, Founder, Empowered Wealth, LC, Business Family Coach, author, speaker, and featured teacher on gratitude in the book and movie, The Secret "Trista is someone who exudes light and joy, and I'm grateful that she's harnessed some of that for this uplifting, full-of-healthy-tidbits book about the importance and fun of having an optimistic view of the world. Thanks, Trista!"--Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress Ciao Bella, November 2013 "A wonderful holiday read!", 11/27/13 "Part autobiography, part self-help book...If you could use a heartwarming read or a reminder of how we can all live with gratitude, take a read of Happily Ever After.", 12/2/13 "Sutter has such a positive outlook on life and she reflects that in this book.", 12/3/2013 "The anecdotes woven through the book feel real and sincere...In a world of over-indulged and self-serving celebrities, it's nice see someone who knows how good they have it and is willing to share her feelings openly." BookViews blog, 12/31/2013 "I have no doubt this book could help someone hoping their dream of lasting love come true and wondering, perhaps, why it hasn't yet.", 1/4/14 "[A] heart-warming book.", 1/9/2014 "Trista's optimism and passion for life is an inspiration for all and her new book Happily Ever After will inspire you to see each day with a different perspective. From her own experience to related research, this book with take you on a journey of what it means to have a grateful heart and how that can lead to happiness." St. Louis Post Dispatch1/26/14 "The book is frank and personal.", 1/26/14 "[Sutter] writes in a breezy, casual fashion, which mirrors her sunny personality.", 1/29/14 "Serves as a powerful reminder for the important role gratitude plays in our lives, as guided by Trista's own engaging spirit." San Francisco Book Review, 2/3/14 "The first part of the book is helpful and cheery reading... [Sutter] presents common sense and helpful advice for looking on the bright side of life...A good read for her fans." Kick Ass Book reviews, 1/29/14 "Trista is just as sweet on paper as she is on the television screen...Trista honestly makes you love her more than you already did as she shares her personal struggles...You'll walk away feeling grateful for the reminder of what's really important in life." Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate, 2/23/14 "An easy-to-read book, and it would make a good gift for anyone who wants a relaxing read that is filled with fun ideas to make life your own happily ever after."

About the Author

Trista Sutter has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Parade, People, Good Housekeeping,, and, and on shows such as The Tonight Show, Oprah, and 20/20. She has been a correspondent for Good Morning America, Extra, and Miss America; a spokesperson; a blogger; and a celebrity dancer on Dancing with the Stars. Currently a work-at-home mom, and designer for her Grateful Heart Collection with Glory Haus, she lives near Vail, Colorado, with her family. @TristaSutter

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E257TFI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,392,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Trista Fan -- Fantastic and Encouraging Read 2 Dec. 2013
By AvidReader47 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
HAPPILY EVER AFTER – The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart by Trista Sutter is definitely one of my favorite books of 2013. This is not only because I love Trista and have followed her and Ryan since she appeared on The Bachelorette in 2002, but because she is such an inspiration. Happily Ever After is not only filled with stories of grace, thoughtfulness, and thankful words, but has bits and pieces of their life mixed in including poems and letters she received from Ryan (my favorite: “Why Socks?”). Throughout the book, she encourages you to be grateful for even the smallest of blessings in life including “socks.” Fantastic and encouraging read. Highly recommended. Received courtesy of Net Galley.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read! 20 Dec. 2013
By Angela Cate Stall - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Heartwarming stories of love and powerful stories of overcoming obstacles all with a grateful heart. You will look at life differently after reading this book!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trista Sutter Book Review 5 July 2014
By ltm12386 - Published on
I've never really been a big watcher of "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette," but I saw this book in my library and decided "why not?" It was interesting for the first few chapters, but quickly became repetitive. I found myself skipping portions of chapters, since she told the same stories in multiple chapters. I also didn't like how she kept writing "as so-and-so-said" and quoting someone else. That was in every chapter, and it got very annoying.

Another negative, for me, was how she kept telling the stories of other people I mean, it's her book, why not tell more of her own stories about why she's so grateful, rather than telling someone else's story, even if she finds them inspiring? The book just didn't seem to come together as a whole at all, and seemed very disjointed. I'm not even sure what kind of a book she was trying to write with this, a self-help or biography- then again, I'm not even sure she even knew what she was going for! It's great that she's so grateful about things in her life, but this book was just not for me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dragged on.... 24 April 2014
By Denise - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Thought it would be more about Tristas life but she quoted so much random stuff. I found myself skipping chapters.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hello, Hollywood...Trista Still Has An Interest In You 25 Feb. 2014
By Nila - Published on
I got the feeling this was a promotion for The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise. In addition to it being one quote after another of someone else's published words. While she gave credit to those people I found the constant repetition to be annoying. When speaking of the Sutter children she called them "my" kids but spoke of conceiving as "we" got pregnant. I think Trista is not ready for her time in front of the camera to be over. She loved the limelight and still seeks it. This book seemed to be an effort in that direction. She clearly desires more than a fireman's wages can afford.

The biggest message I got from the book is that she buried herself in debt for a college education which included joining a sorority. And she still speaks of debt after a contract that paid them big money to have a televised wedding.

I hope her next book will be about how she and Ryan lived within their means and happily ever after. Perhaps she needs to contact Dave Ramsey?

I think this book will be embraced by the high school and college age readers more than anyone else. For an older reader, it was not one I found hard to put down or experiences that seemed all that challenging in the big picture of life...especially for someone who has lived through a tremendous number of challenges.
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