Craig resident Cammi Balleck, a naturopathic doctor and certified massage therapist, poses for a photo during a signing of her book, “Making Happy Happen: Secrets to Being On Cloud Nine Every Day,” on Nov. 25 at Barnes & Noble in Grand Junction. The book highlights best practices at the physical, chemical and emotional levels to promote happiness each day.

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Craig resident Cammi Balleck, a naturopathic doctor and certified massage therapist, poses for a photo during a signing of her book, “Making Happy Happen: Secrets to Being On Cloud Nine Every Day,” on Nov. 25 at Barnes & Noble in Grand Junction. The book highlights best practices at the physical, chemical and emotional levels to promote happiness each day.

Craig resident’s new book promotes tips for happier living

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What: Book signing for “Making Happy Happen: Secrets to Being On Cloud Nine Every Day,” the latest work by Craig resident Cammi Balleck,

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4

Where: Off the Beaten Path in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, Steamboat Springs.

— For more information about the book, visit www.makinghappyha...

From what Craig resident Cammi Balleck has seen, women sometimes look to the “next big thing” as the key to happiness, she said.

But, as time passes, those things — whether it’s a new relationship or a new car — wear off, said Balleck, a naturopathic doctor and certified massage therapist.

In her new book, “Making Happy Happen: Secrets to Being On Cloud Nine Every Day,” Balleck shifts the focus from the external to the internal, highlighting how to create happiness at the physical, chemical and emotional levels during all of life’s seasons.

The book was published in November by Oklahoma-based Tate Publishing and Enterprises, and is available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble stores and barnesandnoble.com.

The book also is available at www.makinghappyhappen.com as an e-book for Nooks, Kindles and iPhones.

“I just wanted women to be able to help themselves with simple secrets that they can do every day,” said Balleck, who has a doctorate in naturopathy and a bachelor’s degree in natural health.

The book is mainly geared toward women, she said, but men can apply the same principles.

Authorship isn’t new to Balleck.

“Making Happy Happen” is her second book and follows “Get Real,” a self-help book for teenage girls with eating disorders, published in 2008.

Nor is she unfamiliar with the body’s internal workings.

She’s been a naturopathic doctor since 2003, she said, and is one of several doctors who practices at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Spa in Steamboat Springs.

Balleck is also director of the massage therapy program at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus.

The inspiration for her latest book came largely from what she saw in her practice.

“A lot of my patients come in ... with depression and stress and fatigue,” she said.

The book offers self-tests to help readers determine what supplements they might need, because “a lot of depression ... comes from nutritional deficiencies.”

“Making Happy Happen” offers other practical solutions for dispelling depression and stress, like eating correctly, using essential oils and being grateful.

“I call it groundbreaking secrets ... to make happy happen every day in your life,” Balleck said.

Oak Creek resident Courtney Anderson has read Balleck’s latest work and found it helpful.

The book “encourages ... asserting your own power and asserting your own strength,” said Anderson, front desk manager at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Spa. She’s also interning with Balleck and studying nutrition at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver.

Anderson added that the book encourages readers to know when to say “no” and to “try to ... fulfill your own needs.”

That’s especially helpful in today’s society, she said, when people often feel pressured to please everyone else.

She had high praise for “Making Happy Happen.”

“I think it was fabulous,” she said. “It was a very uplifting and enjoyable read.”

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1793 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com.

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