Make Your Own Sunshine: Inspiring Stories of People Who Find Light in Dark Times (Hardcover)
The New York Times bestselling author and Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean returns with more inspiring stories of people who know how to find light in dark times.
While the news is filled with villains and villainy, we do see a few famous heroes now and again. But what about the everyday heroes? The people going out of their way bring a little love into someone else's life? They deserve a time in the spotlight to inspire us all.
Life can be tough—but it helps to know other people have come through hard times with a smile on their face. In Make Your Own Sunshine, Janice Dean shares inspiring stories that will lift your spirit and touch your heart. Good people are all around us doing selfless deeds, from a firefighter who bravely battled for his colleague’s health after 9/11 to a good Samaritan who secretly pays for the coffees of everyone in line behind him. You can’t help but smile reading about the teacher who cut her hair to make her student feel better. And you may shed a tear when you hear the story of the dad who never missed writing a napkin note for his daughter, including stashing extra notes in case he lost his batter with cancer. From a young man who makes bow ties for dogs waiting to be adopted to an Uber driver who brightened a new mom’s day by helping her buy baby clothes, the heroes in this story will warm your heart and stick in your mind.
Janice has made it her mission to uncover and document these good stories to inspire us and gives us a much-needed boost of optimism. All we have to do is open our minds and our hearts, to look for the light on a cloudy day. Because as she reminds us, if we don’t make our own sunshine—who will?
About the Author
Janice Dean is the New York Times bestselling author of Mostly Sunny and the senior meteorologist at Fox News. She serves as the morning meteorologist on Fox and Friend and lives in New York City.
“Does anyone picture Janice Dean without that big, beautiful smile she carries with her everywhere she goes? And it’s a choice, to find the sunshine, because she’s been through a lot. So let her take you on this journey and show you how she does it—by seeing the good and shining it out there for us all!”
— Martha MacCallum, anchor of The Story and New York Times bestselling author
“These are the kinds of stories the public needs right now. Read them and feel better about the wonderful people who help make up these United States.”
— Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and author of The Outpost
“As a fellow meteorologist and human, there is no message I like to live by more than the clouds don’t last forever, they can’t and won’t. That’s not how the atmosphere works, and it’s not how life works. In this beautifully written book, Janice helps us utilize the storm and cloud killers—kindness, serving others, and gratitude. Those three superpowers are beyond necessary to manage life’s storms, and I love the way my friend weaves them into our wild world."
— Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist at ABC News, New York Times bestselling author of Natural Disaster
“I have known Janice for a very long time and have found her to be a constant ray of sunshine for everyone around her. She is the perfect messenger to deliver these hope- and love-filled stories to a hurting world.”
— Kathie Lee Gifford
“The many acts of generosity, kindness, and dedication found in this book touch on the very essence of what is important in life. You can’t help but feel inspired after reading these stories. These individuals’ extraordinary acts for the benefit of others make them all coaches in life.”
— Coach Lou Holtz, College Football Hall of Fame coach, speaker, author, analyst, and Presidential Medal of Honor honoree
“Janice Dean understands a universal, immutable truth of human nature—the fact that we all have the ingredients within ourselves to create a happy, meaningful life. In Make Your Own Sunshine, she conveys that truth with the full weight of her wisdom, humor, and enormous heart. I can’t think of a better message to share at a point in history fraught with so much anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. Read on, center yourself, and remember your own incredible power to shape life as you see fit.”
— Chef Robert Irvine, host of Restaurant: Impossible