Full Heart Living

Do You Want to Be Happier?

When was the last time you had a real conversation about happiness? If you're like most of us, you want to be happier but don’t often say so out loud. Oh, it might come up in casual conversation from time to time. But do you know what happiness actually is? And how much time do you spend exploring how to get there?

Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know is the true story of one shrink's quest to discover the truth about happiness. Prompted by the loss of my dream job, I felt compelled to find truly happy people and ask them how they got that way. 

From them I discovered the four deliberate choices they make every day to make happiness their reality:

1. Connecting with themselves
2. Creating and maintaining community 
3. Playing with abandon  
4. Giving back to others

These four intentional actions form the basis of Full Heart Living.

What amazes me to this day is how these actions reinforce one another and create a ripple effect. The more engaged we are with our passions, the more connected we become with ourselves. In turn, this leads to better relationships with others, which naturally flows into contributing to our communities.

Full Heart Living is filled with stories of despair and hope, fear and courage, rejection and triumph. Each chapter includes a summary of key points and concludes with helpful happiness-inducing activities. 

One of the book’s subjects, Jenn, was once near destitute. A medical condition caused her to live on the edge of poverty. Desperate, she invited all her friends to her apartment to sell her belongings.

Over the course of one life-changing weekend, she poured her heart out as almost 100 people showed up. “I got to sit down with each one of them and tell my story. Then they felt free to tell their story. And we connected.”

By telling them the truth about her illness and her predicament, Jenn freed her listeners to share what was really going on with them. Her being vulnerable allowed others to lower their guard and talk about things that we rarely talk about: our failures, our low points, our bad decisions.

The weekend of her estate sale, Jenn’s life took a huge turn for the better. As she puts it, “I saw this sense of community, and it’s carried on since then. It’s such a part of my happiness. Putting the truth out there helps connect you to other people.”

You’ll read more about Jenn and other inspiring stories of connecting to oneself and others, embracing your passions, and giving back in Full Heart Living.

But beware. Without warning, you, too, may find yourself having conversations about happiness—at least, I hope so!

Full Heart Living in Action

How to buy the book:

Full Heart Living can be purchased through Itasca Books. It is also available at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.


These fine Minnesota retailers now carry Full Heart Living:
Sweeney Todd's Salon
Micawber's Books
Fair Trade Books
Barnes and Noble Galleria
Barnes and Noble Calhoun
Subtext Books
Barnes and Noble Shelby Township, Michigan
Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC 

ReadFull Heart Living excerpt.

The accompanying Full Heart Living workbook can be downloaded for free here.

The ebook is available on Amazon.com, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble's nook.

Narrated by yours truly, the audio version is available at audible.

You'll even find Full Heart Living on Goodreads!

“This is the hero’s journey. The interviewees are the teachers and the guides. There’s the invitation and the calling, these horrible things that happened. Full Heart Living is the return of the wisdom that Tom learned along the way.”
~Patty Hlava, PhD, LMFT, author of Cultivating Gratitude and Living Gratitude
Patty Hlava, PhD, LMFT,

Happiness Videos

Happiness Webisode: Tom Glaser on Relationships & Connectedness

Happiness Webisode: Tom Glaser on Meditation & Mindfullness

Happiness Webisode: Tom Glaser on Resilience & Health

Latest News


In addition to offering an overview of FHL, this Living a Richer Life Radio interview explores how we connect more deeply with others and distinguishing between mindfulness and self-centeredness.  

Listen to the interview here.


Following this Palm Springs, CA, interview, KMIR-TV host Thalia told me she learned how important deep listening is in cultivating happiness.


What a pleasure to be with Charlotte, NC television station WJZY.


See how I handle the curve balls thrown on Charlotte, NC radio station WRHI-AM. (I'm not complaining, mind you. Just sayin' I wasn't expecting these questions!)


Here I announce a series of free or minimal-cost workshops offered at various Twin Cities senior centers.

Full Heart Living Author Tom Glaser Appears on Twin Cities Live on KSTP TV 

Here's Full Heart Living on KSTP-TV's Twin Cities Live. After the show, we panelists taped a second discussion that can be viewed on Twin Cities Live's Facebook page.


Full Heart Living on Detroit's FOX-2 TV. How well do you think the hosts get along?!  



Here's recording of a live interview right after the 2016 election on WPHM Radio in Port Huron, Michigan. 


Rochester author shares tips for happiness with a ‘Full Heart’. The Oakland Press in Oakland County, Michigan. 


Here's one of my first live TV interviews, on KARE-11 TV in Minneapolis. Thank goodness Pat Evans is so good at his job! 

Tom with Pat Evans on KARE 11