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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings

Meet Our Authors

Jack Canfield is the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which Time magazine has called “the publishing phenomenon of the decade.” Jack is also the co-author of eight other bestselling books.

Jack is the CEO of the Canfield Training Group in Santa Barbara, California, and founder of the Foundation for Self-Esteem in Culver City, California. He has conducted intensive personal and professional development seminars on the principles of success for more than a million people in twenty-three countries. Jack is a dynamic keynote speaker and he has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at more than 1,000 corporations, universities, professional conferences and conventions, and has been seen by millions more on national television shows such as The Today Show, Fox and Friends, Inside Edition, Hard Copy, CNN’s Talk Back Live, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the CBS Evening News.

Jack has received many awards and honors, including three honorary doctorates and a Guinness World Records Certificate for having seven books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series appearing on the New York Times bestseller list on May 24, 1998.

You can reach Jack at:

Jack Canfield
P.O. Box 30880 • Santa Barbara, CA 93130
phone: 805-563-2935 • fax: 805-563-2945

Mark Victor Hansen is the co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul, along with Jack Canfield. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, best-selling author, and marketing maven. Mark’s powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have created powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide.

Mark is a prolific writer with many bestselling books in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Mark has had a profound influence in the field of human potential through his library of audios, videos, and articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, wealth building, publishing success, and personal and professional development. He is also the founder of the MEGA Seminar Series.

He has appeared on Oprah, CNN, and The Today Show. He has been quoted in Time, U. S. News & World Report, USA Today, The New York Times, and Entrepreneur and has given countless radio interviews, assuring our planet’s people that “You can easily create the life you deserve.”

Mark has received numerous awards that honor his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic heart, and business acumen. He is a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

You can reach Mark at:

Mark Victor Hansen & Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 7665 • Newport Beach, CA 92658
phone: 949-764-2640 • fax: 949-722-6912

Amy Newmark is the publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul, after a thirty-year career as a writer, speaker, financial analyst, and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications. Amy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Portuguese, minored in French, and traveled extensively. She is also the mother of two children in college and two grown stepchildren who are recent college graduates.

After a long career writing books on telecommunications, voluminous financial reports, business plans, and corporate press releases, Chicken Soup for the Soul is a breath of fresh air for Amy. She has fallen in love with Chicken Soup for the Soul and its life-changing books, and really enjoys putting these books together for Chicken Soup’s wonderful readers.

You can reach Amy and the rest of the Chicken Soup for the Soul team via e-mail through [email protected].

Game inventor Laura Robinson often says she has been “selling laughter for over twenty years.” She is the co-inventor of the best-selling classic bluffing game Balderdash (over 15 million copies sold worldwide). Along with business partner Elizabeth Bryan, Laura invented the Count Your Blessings game, based on an earlier game concept created with Los Angeles-based writer Rachel Naples. Known as one of the “Thomas Edisons of the Toy Industry,” Laura also launched Identity Crisis, the Funniest Game about Famous Names in 2007. She is featured in the 2005 book Women Invent and has been a keynote speaker at various inventors’ symposiums.

Laura is also an actor/musician and has enjoyed a successful career in film and television both in Los Angeles and Toronto. She was a regular on the CBS crime series Night Heat, and guest starred on many popular television shows, including Frasier and Cheers and just completed filming a music reality show, called Big Voice scheduled to air on a major U.S. network, spring 2010.

Laura lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. She is a “mom with a mission,” committed to creating “good message” games and products that celebrate the transformational power of gratitude. With Bryan, Robinson is also launching Win-Win, a family game inspired by “The 7 Habits” series of books.

Robinson is honored and grateful to be involved with the Chicken Soup for the Soul team and their inspiring books.

You can reach Laura at: or visit

Elizabeth Bryan is a parent/artist/writer with a mission of sharing the message of gratitude through all things creative. With business partner and Balderdash inventor Laura Robinson, Bryan developed the current Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings game, which was inspired by an earlier version developed with writer Rachel Naples.

Elizabeth and Laura are committed to creating good-message games that bring families together through joy and play. They are also set to release a family game with Franklin Covey entitled Win-Win, based on the bestselling “7 Habits” series of books.

Elizabeth has enjoyed a successful career as an artist and has work in collections throughout the United States. She is also known for her unique clothing designs which have been worn by numerous celebrities, appeared in Vanity Fair, and have been sold by Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas.

Her passions also extend to helping others access their creative genius. She has been honored by various organizations for her charitable art projects and is also the founder of G.I.F.T. (, a non-profit organization committed to creating and marketing products that raise awareness for various causes. G.I.F.T. stands for Gratitude, Inspiration, Focus and Trust—Elizabeth believes that accessing and practicing these four qualities can help all of us reach our fullest potential.

Elizabeth is incredibly grateful and honored to share Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings with the Chicken Soup for the Soul audience.

You can reach Elizabeth through, or

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