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Karen Salmansohn
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Karen Salmansohn ( is a best selling author and award winning designer - with over 1 million books sold - who is passionate about empowering people to live their happiest, highest potential lives. She's known for creating a new breed of self help - for people who would never be caught dead doing self help - because she merges a range of psychological and philosophical research with humor and stylish graphics.


She's been a featured happiness expert on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox News, Bill Maher's show - and is also a columnist for Oprah, Psychology Today, CNN, MSN, Yahoo, AOL, Match, Huffingtonpost - and then some. She's been raved about in such media entities as: The N.Y. Times, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, ELLE, New Yorker, etc She's also an in demand keynote speaker on how to increase happiness, creativity, productivity, stick-to-itiveness, and bouncing back from hard times. She gave a TEDx talk on the topic of "Fun Is A High Performance Fuel."

Karen's also the founder of - a highly popular inspirational site! She calls her site notsalmon - because everyone's always mispronouncing her last name as Salmon - saying Karen SALMON-sohn instead of SALMAN-sohn. So she's always saying NOT-SALMON. She figured it was easier for people to find her on the internet if her site were simply

Entries by Karen Salmansohn

Why You Should Believe in Karma

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 10:46 AM

My 3.5-year-old son Ari has a passion for Legos -- even bigger than his passion for pizza. I know this, because when Ari's busy with his Legos, not even pizza can pry him away.

Although Ari loves building Lego structures from boxed sets, he gets an even bigger kick out...

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7 Tips to Avoid Toxic Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Once upon a time I used to suffer from what I call Prince Harming Syndrome -- the tendency to date men who were either Trouble or TroubleD.

I remember once I was sharing a dark story about a particular Prince Harming with my buddy Scott, when the man...

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If You Have (Or Had) a Toxic Relationship of Any Kind, Read This Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 4:17 PM


Warning! This story includes a naughty word, however, this word is necessary because its shock value is what catapulted me to change my life. I share this naughty word now with only the most loving intentions, hoping it might be an empowering...

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How to Gently Nudge Kids to Express Their Feelings

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 11:00 AM

The other morning, I promised to take my 3-year-old son Ari for a special breakfast treat -- waffles and strawberries -- before I dropped him off at daycare.

Right before we left our home, I received a work-related text.

"Mommy, mommy, come on, let's go for our special...

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What My 3-Year-Old Taught Me About Handling Mean People

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:12 AM

Here's a powerful mantra to repeat when someone says mean things or does negative things to you...

I learned this from my 3-year-old son, Ari.

He says: "NO thank you!" to the mean kids in his class.

There was one kid who was calling everyone poopy-head. When he called Ari...

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How to Teach Kids to Make Mindful Choices -- Even When We, Parents, Aren't Around

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:13 PM

Every few weeks is "one thing day" for me and my 3-year-old son, Ari. I take him to a toy store in the neighborhood and allow him to choose one thing. (Emphasis on "choose.") I purposefully make the toy-hunting experience an opportunity to teach my son how to become a...

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Why Are Mean People Mean? 6 Lessons Disney Movies Teach Us

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Brrrrrr. It's cold outside. You know what that means? It's an opportunity to wear my favorite oversized fluffy wool sweater! Plus, an excuse to drink yummy hot chocolate with teeny-tiny marshmallows! And the perfect time to stay home with family and catch up on Disney flicks!

Our family watched...

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Fathers Who Abandon Their Kids: A Tough Father's Day Topic

(33) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 3:06 PM

It's one thing to be a single mother by choice. It arrives with a positive narrative to tell your child. It's an "I wanted you so much" story -- which safeguards a child's ego.

It's a whole other everything to have single motherhood thrust upon you -- because the father...

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4 Time-Saving Tips (That Double as Time-Savoring Tips)

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 7:29 AM

True confession: When I first read The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying about a decade ago, I purposefully avoided reading Sogyal Rinpoche's passages on death. I thought they didn't apply to me and that I was somehow exempt! Then, a few years ago, my father was on his deathbed....

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Likeability Tips -- for Business!

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 1:14 PM

When it comes right down to it, whatever business you're in, you're in the people business. After all, people prefer to do business with people and companies they find likeable.

According to Rohit Bhargava, likability can even trump competence in a business situation. In his book, Likeonomics:...

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When Was the Last Time You Thanked A Police Officer?

(6) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 1:02 PM

Imagine feeling like every kiss goodbye to your loved ones each day might be your last kiss. Police officers and their families feel this way every single day. Every morning when police officers puts on their badge, they know there's a chance they might not come home that night.

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Break Up Happily Ever After! Throw A Party!

(10) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 2:50 AM

The word shiva has two different meanings in two entirely different cultures, yet the meanings share the same underlying message.

In Hinduism, Shiva is a deity who represents transformation. Through destruction and restoration, Shiva reminds us that endings are beginnings, and that our world is constantly undergoing a cycle...

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Why Inspirational Posters Are So Popular on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 12:10 AM


About two years ago, I gave birth to a baby boy. Shortly after, I found myself experiencing trouble giving birth to writing a book. I began believing in that much talked about "mommy brain." Thankfully, I've always loved design. If you know my books...

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The Fearless Power Of 'Kindsight'

(20) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 9:26 AM


He appeared to be my ideal match. Then again, matches have been known to burn people. And I very much became burned by this man.

Badly burned.

Interesting, isn't it, the dangerous language we use to describe the very people...

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Should You Make Up or Break Up?

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 1:11 PM

I've often joked that if life existed on other planets, there's a quick way to assess if aliens are a more advanced life form than us. No, it doesn't have anything to do with asking to see their technology. We simply need to find out if there's dating on their...

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Think Like a Lion Tamer About the Hurt in Your Life

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 7:50 AM

Have you recently been through a challenge, disappointment, break up or disloyalty with somebody in your life? If so, it's important after you've been hurt, to take some time to think like a lion tamer about your pain, so you can tame the possibility of more negativity coming back to...

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Are Gangsters Playing Cop Lotto With Your Tax Payer Money?

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 11:28 AM

What you presently know to be true about wrongful conviction cases might not be the whole truth.

For example, did you know that witnesses involved in gang related crimes can start off implicating fellow gang members to police officers -- even testifying before a grand jury about them. However,...

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How Not to Talk About Your Problems

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2011 | 11:22 AM

Psychologists say a single trauma will strike you twice. Once in reality (the ordeal itself) and once in your mind, when you think about it and talk about it with others. Although there's nothing you can do about a bad situation once it has happened, you can be mindful of...

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What Babies Can Teach Us About Being Happy

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 8:13 AM

Babies laugh more than 300 times a day. We adults, in contrast, laugh less than 20 times a day. (And I'm guessing even less so on Mondays!)

There are actually some reasons that babies' brains are set up to find the world so amusing and fun. Indeed, because of how...

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Want to Relax? Unplug and Recharge!

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 8:00 AM

True story: Lately I have been finding myself cutting down on the massive amounts of coffee I love to drink, not for health reasons, but for time management reasons. These days, I often go from one conference call to another, then head from one meeting to another, to writing one...

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