Laura Barrette Shannon is a poet, philosopher, and happiness coach. Her work includes the book, Awakening Perception (2006) as well as the popular “Be Happy Now: Simple Steps to Enjoying Life” blog on Facebook. Laura is a happy free spirit, despite life circumstances, having learned to rise above the devastating loss of her daughter, cope with chronic pain, and successfully control her bipolar swings. When she is not writing, you may find her discussing philosophy at the park, watching butterflies in her backyard, or singing karaoke. Laura lives a life of joy and love with her husband and two dogs in Largo, Florida.