101 Chicken Soup for the Soul stories help readers realize their full potential
COS COB, Conn. – It’s something we all fight—that impulse to sit back and relax, right into a rut. But avoiding new, sometimes scary, things only leads to a narrower life. Chicken Soup for the Soul noticed that its writers were fighting back! They were forcing themselves to try new things: expanding their worlds instead of letting them narrow. That led to this new collection, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone (July 25, 2023, 978-1-611591033, $16.95), which provides 101 examples of people mustering up their courage and stepping outside their comfort zones to change their lives for the better.
Whether it’s the little things—like new foods—or the big things—like flying to a faraway country—we feel empowered and proud when we do something that challenges us. And one new thing tends to lead to another, and another. Before we know it, we are saying “yes” to a more adventurous, interesting life.
This new Chicken Soup for the Soul collection is bound to inspire everyone who reads it. Whether they’re looking for love or a new job; overcoming shyness or a phobia; spicing up their lives with new experiences or reaching out to make new friends; considering travel to exotic places or just heading to a new grocery store, readers will find kindred souls in these pages. Even the chapter titles carry a positive message and excellent advice: 1. Reinvent Yourself, 2. Face Your Fears, 3. Believe in Yourself, 4. Challenge Yourself, 5. Try Something New, 6. Be Daring, 7. Follow Your Dreams, 8. Go Far Away, 9. Just Say Yes, 10. Put Yourself Out There, and 11. Reach Out and Connect.
“We had so many exciting, empowering stories submitted for this title that we will actually bring out a second volume on this theme in 2024, called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Say Yes,” said Amy Newmark, editor-in-chief and publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul. “We believe that one of the keys to happiness is stepping outside your comfort zone. Even doing something small, like trying a new food, gives you a little dopamine boost as you feel that bit of pride that comes from taking on a new challenge.”
This new Chicken Soup for the Soul collection is part of a summer of celebrating the 30th anniversary of the publication of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book on June 28, 1993. The book became a publishing industry phenomenon, selling more than eight million copies in the U.S. and Canada, and millions more worldwide. Over time, Chicken Soup for the Soul branched out into covering specific topics in its books, such as the one in this new collection. The iconic publisher’s recent titles include a book about love and romance, a humor book, a collection of stories about life-changing advice, a book about dogs and one about cats. Coming up will be another volume in the company’s line of books about angels and miracles, and a book of Christmas stories. All of the publisher’s books become Nielsen BookScan bestsellers in their categories.
ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL
Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada, more than 300 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, the phrase “chicken soup for the soul” is known worldwide and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 30 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and hope through its books, “changing the world one story at a time®,” this socially conscious company continues to publish a new title a month. It has also evolved beyond the bookstore, with a podcast, education programs, dog and cat food, licensed products, and television and movies through its subsidiary, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.
For a review copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone or an interview with Amy Newmark: