Celebrate Bethenny Frankel

Don’t Forget To Celebrate

No matter where you are right now, no matter how far along you are on your own path, don’t wait to “have it all” to celebrate. You’re never going to figure it all out. Make being happy your business, all along the way. Life can’t be one long, tough haul, with a little party at the end. What good is that? Life should be punctuated with celebrations and you have to build them into your time because being happy isn’t easy. In fact, it’s impossible without gratitude and perspective.

If happiness were easy, everybody would feel it all the time, and it wouldn’t seem like such an elusive prize. At the same time, it’s almost absurd what lengths we go to avoid being happy. If good things happen, we may think the big bad thing must be right around the corner, or that we don’t deserve a good thing.

I’ve spoken to successful professional women like Rachel Ray and Ellen Degeneres, and they tell me that I really have to learn to be more loosey-goosey about things, and that the key to happiness is to make things simpler.

Happiness takes work, and celebrations don’t just happen all on their own, but you can do it. As you know from sharing my journey up to this point, it took me decades to get to this spot, and there were plenty of times when if you told me where I’d be today, I would never have believed it. It’s hard, but like everything else great, it’s worth every second of the work to get there. But remember, this should be fun work. Make happiness your business. Be silly and sweet and open, and make laughter a priority. Choose to celebrate.

Celebration is life’s frosting: isn’t frosting the very best part of the cake?

This is an excerpt from A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel, available on