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Take a Shot at Happiness:
how to Write, Direct &
Produce the Life You Want

Best Personal Development Book of the Year 2024

     Take a Shot at Happiness is a unique guide to a happier life. This book combines camera phone photography and journaling prompts, offering a creative approach to better understanding yourself and what makes you happy. More than just a book, it is a change in perspective, a conscious lifestyle choice that makes you the ultimate writer, director, and producer of your own happiness. (Published by Post Hill Press and distributed by Simon & Schuster.)

Capture the Life You Want

     The Take a Shot at Happiness app is here – your key to developing sustainable happiness, or at least being happier, and wellbeing. This app inspires you to capture and reflect on meaningful moments based on the Happiness Essentials — the core values of happy people — you read about. With all the camera phone photography and journaling prompts from the book right at your fingertips, the app empowers you to consistently create, notice, and reflect on positive moments throughout your day. Engaging in these daily creative exercises paves the way for a positive neural pathway, gradually reshaping your overall wellbeing. Elevate your everyday experience – happiness is just a shot away.

About the Book

    On a steamy jungle island in the middle of the South China Sea, the most popular television show is about to come to its shocking conclusion. A small television stage lit by tiki torches illuminates a show host, a jury of seven contestants sitting on tree stumps, and the final two runners-up for a million dollars. It was season one of CBS’ competition show, Survivor, one of the longest-running unscripted series. Maria Baltazzi was one of the original supervising producers.
    Those Survivor contestants were stripped of everything except their wits and each other to survive on a beach while trying to win a life-changing cash prize. Only then could they witness their true selves and the potential of others—good or bad—something that always stuck with Maria. So, taking a page from that experience, Maria realized she could only see her true self if she took the time to strip off the negativity, pay closer attention to her actions, and ask some tough questions about what she wanted. This book is Maria’s insights about being happy learned from her time in the entertainment industry, observing people and events, traveling, and studying wellbeing. Within these pages is a practical guide for a creative path to happiness through taking photographs with your camera phone, journaling about things that matter, and being part of a supportive community.
    You can create a healthier state of being and have fun doing it. Even when your world turns upside down, you can still be the writer, director, and producer of the life you want.

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A Bit About Maria

     Embark on a transformative journey with Maria Baltazzi, an Emmy-winning TV producer, wellbeing teacher, and world traveler. Maria guides you to a happier and more conscious life through the pages of her award-winning book, “Take a Shot at Happiness: How to Write, Direct & Produce the Life You Want.”

     Drawing from her diverse experiences and weaving stories from beloved films and world events, Maria shares the eight Happiness Essentials—the core values of happy people—guiding you to discover your path to happiness. Picture exploring what truly makes you happy in a fun and creative way, blending journaling and phone photography for an inner adventure that is both enlightening and enjoyable.

     With an MFA in film and a PhD in Conscious-Centered Living, Maria’s teachings are informed by research and inspired by her adventurous and giving spirit. Her remarkable journey includes epic treks to Everest Base Camp, conquering Mount Kilimanjaro twice, and walking over 8,500 miles for charity across all seven continents. These experiences and her Emmy-winning talent establish her as a trusted guide in your journey toward happiness.

     As an inspiration for living your best life, she imparts wisdom and leads by example. Maria’s experiences bring depth to her teachings, from an Emmy-winning show to transformative adventures. Join her on this exciting exploration through the pages of her book and let the joy of conscious living unfold in your life.

Reviews

PODCAST

Freelance Writers Den hosted Maria to talk about her career and how she wrote and structured her recent book. March 01, 2024.

DAYTIME TV SHOW

CBS’ The Talk hosts Maria to talk about her new book on their SeeHer segment. November 17th, 2023.

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KTLA 5’s Weekend Morning News welcomes Maria to  discuss her new book. January 21st, 2024.

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Christine Blanchette’s Run With It invites Maria to discuss both mental and physical happiness. April 23, 2024.
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Maria is a guest on MindBody Matters to chat about lessons from Survivor, how it impacted the writing of her book. April 17, 2024.

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Maria joins The Good, The Bad, & Ugly of Business to talk about how she used her experience on Survivor to find deeper understanding on what happiness is. The answer may surprise you! April 4, 2024.
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In this episode of Soul of Travel: Women’s Wisdom + Mindful Travel Christine hosts a soulful conversation with Maria Baltazzi. April 2, 2024.

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PsychCentral’s Inside Mental Health invites Maria to share her insights on unexpected hope. March 21, 2024.

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About The Authors TV Host Jake Brown interviewed Maria about producing in the wild and the creation of her book. March 16, 2024.

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Adam Mendler interviews Maria about being kind, compassionate, nurturing, and in service to others. February 29, 2024.
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The Extra Mile, the official podcast of Charity Miles, invites Maria, a longtime Charity Miler, to coach listeners on how to explore happiness. February 29, 2024. 

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Best Holistic Life features an excerpt from Maria’s book in their latest issue. February 2024. 

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It’s Okay to Feel focuses on this idea of happiness Maria. February 28, 2024. 

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Maria returns to the Mark Thompson Show to talk about self-love. February 14, 2024.

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Teaching Learning Leading K12 invites Maria to discuss her book. February 2, 2024.

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Paula Felps welcomes back Maria to the Live Happy podcast to talk about how to find and create love. January 30, 2024.

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The Curious Man Podcast speaks with Maria about how everyone can find their own version of happiness. January 24, 2024.

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Maria joins the Dr Ward Bond Show to share how you can create a healthier state of being and have fun doing it. January 15, 2024.

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Love & Life welcomes Maria  to talk about how one can discover true happiness in their lives, especially in the new year. January 2, 2024.

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The nationally syndicated Daily Flash features Maria on their Boss Lady segment to chat about her career and book. January 1, 2024.

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Ira’s Everything Bagel speaks with Maria to talk about  her journey in self-reflection and exploring her own happiness. December 28, 2023.

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The Mark Thompson Show welcomes Maria to talk about how her work in production influenced her book Take a Shot at Happiness. December 20, 2023.

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Trauma Attachment Empowerment  invites Maria to talk about how to discover your path to happiness in a fun, creative way that combines journaling and phone photography. December 20, 2023.
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No Script No Problem invites Maria to talk about Take a Shot at Happiness. December 18, 2023.

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ACE’s Certified magazine features Maria’s expertise in the article “Can You Coach Your Clients to Greater Happiness?” December 2023.
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School for Startups Radio welcomes Maria to share how happiness is a winning mindset. December 6, 2023.

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The Beauty Within Podcast discusses with  Maria how to embody her Happiness Essentials. November 20th, 2023.

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Live Happy Now invites Maria to talk about discovering the Happiness Essentials. October 31, 2023.

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Podcast Let’s Make Some Noise interviews Maria about the secret to Happiness. October 30, 2023.

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Authority Magazine’s Jake Frankel interviews Maria on Finding Happiness and Joy During Turbulent Times. October 26, 2023.

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Maria joins the Talk of Saint Louis to discuss her new book. October 18, 2023.

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Lindsay Hadley invites Maria to chat about understanding your inner-self. October 17, 2023.

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In this episode of The Optimized Mind, Maria discusses create happiness within our own unique context and more. October 3, 2023.

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The Cost of Not Paying Attention invites Maria to discuss how we practice conscious living. September 15, 2023.

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Jim Brickman invites Maria to discuss her new book. October 2023.

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