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You Can't Ruin My Day

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You Can't Ruin My Day

by Allen Klein
Foreword by Kristine Carlson
Paperback, 343 pages
Viva Editions

Book Summary

Author Allen Klein is no stranger to potential day-ruiners. He was booted out of Yale Drama School because he wasn't "talented" or creative enough - a big blow to his dreams of becoming a scenic designer. But Allen did not let such a curveball ruin his day or even his life. Instead, he used the techniques in You Can't Ruin My Day to turn that roadblock into a highway of opportunity, focusing on writing and becoming a bestselling author and popular keynote speaker.

You Can’t Ruin My Day features fifty-two inspiring wake-up calls and follow-up ideas to show readers how to take back their power and not let anyone or anything ruin their day.

Klein, who is also the world’s only "Jollytologist,™" believes that enlightenment doesn’t have to be serious—in fact, it should be taken with a big dose of humor. To that end, each of the wake-up calls also contains a lighten-up section. For example, from Wake-Up Call #27, "Be Grateful for Not-So-Great Stuff":

A group of seniors were sitting around talking about all of their ailments.

"My cataracts are so bad, I can't even see my coffee," said one lady.

"Yes, I know," said another. "I forget where I am or where I'm going."

"And my blood pressure pills make me dizzy!" exclaimed one woman.

"I guess that's the price we pay for getting old," winced an old man as he slowly shook his head.

The others nodded in agreement. "Well, count your blessings," said a woman cheerfully. "Thank God we can all still drive."


"Everyone who ever got a traffic ticket should read Allen Klein's creative new book, You Can't Ruin My Day. Heck, even those who haven't gotten a ticket should read it because they are probably bummed out about something else. This book is designed to help people all year long. What a wonderful gift to readers."

- Dave Lieber, columnist, The Dallas Morning News


"If you are feeling that life has got you down, you might want to set your alarm clock to Allen Klein's wake up call, You Can't Ruin My Day. Klein gives step-by-step ideas on how to laugh in spite of the dog poop you just stepped in."

- Judy Carter, author of The Message of You


"A delightful, insightful read, full of wise words, and inspiration. Allen Klein shows us how to lighten up, cultivate an attitude of gratitude and humor, and accept our day, no matter what happens."

- Pragito Dove author of Laughter, Tears, Silence: Expressive
Meditations To Calm Your Mind and Open Your Heart


"A wise, witty and immensely readable guide to recovering from our everyday losses and living life to the fullest!"

- Matt Weinstein author of Dogs Don't Bite When A Growl Will Do


"Allen Klein has assembled some of the greatest wisdom ever offered. And it's all here to use for lightening your load and finding your happiest pathway."

- Steve Wilson, psychologist, founder of the World Laughter Tour, Inc.


"As someone who is passionate about helping people live a better life, I am thrilled about this book. It is filled with simple-to-implement ideas, uplifting humor, and great stories to help readers focus on the good stuff."

- Mike Robbins, author of Nothing Changes Until You Do


"You can't ruin my day, Allen Klein! On the contrary, you've improved it with your wonderful words of wisdom (and those of Thornton Wilder, Mother Teresa, Wayne Dyer, George Carlin and Dr. Seuss, among others). Your 52 "wake-up calls" provide your fortunate readers with pearls of profundity punctuated with levity. As we all improvise through this "dramedy" of life, we are lucky to have you as a guide to avoid the road to ruin and to live a life of joy."

- Brad Nieder, M.D., The Healthy Humorist


"America’s #1 'Minister of Mirth' and foremost 'Jollytologist,' Allen Klein, has once again delivered a magnificent book guaranteed to lighten your day and bring Joy to your Heart. You Can't Ruin My Day is a delightful, easy-to-read, free-flowing river of inspirational, insightful stories and ideas. In concise, simple language, Allen illustrates how easily we can improve our experience of life simply by applying some gentle wisdom and some light-hearted insight to the difficult situations we encounter. Your life will be graciously enhanced by reading—and digesting—this precious book. I HIGHLY recommend it!!!"

-John E. Welshons, author of One Soul, One Love, One Heart and Awakening From Grief


"Allen Klein has written a book that helps you to learn to make every day a good day! I recommend you read it and then re-read it and then share it with everyone you know. You, and everyone you know, will have better days!"

-Dr. Willie Jolley, Hall of Fame Speaker, Best Selling Author of A Setback is
a Setup For A Comeback and TV &qmp; Radio Personality


"You Can't Ruin My Day provides an important wakeup call reminding us that happiness is a choice even when life seems to conspire against you. Klein's humor, fresh style and wisdom help the reader effectively move from insight to action."

-Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and NY Times Bestselling Author
of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness


"No matter the challenges in your life—large or not so large, constant or occasional—Allen Klein’s magic combination of deep wisdom, broad experience, good will, and good humor in You Can’t Ruin My Day will get you through with style and grace. And you’ll have a grand time reading it too!"

-David Kundtz, author of Quiet Mind: One Minute Retreats from a Busy World

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