“Yes Please”, Amy Poehler’s first memoir

“Change is the only constant. Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and general well-being.” – Amy Poehler, From her book “Yes Please” (Image from Amazon)


This is a book that I’ve been wanting to recommend to my friends for a long time, but only now have I actually had the time to mention it.

“Yes please” is Amy Poehler’s memoir and her first book. Just for a little context, this was written at a time after her wild success at parks and rec but also recently after her publicized divorce to Will Arnett.

I was astounded by the glut of excellent life wisdom this famous comedian was doling out in her memoir. She gives out a lot of wisdom on topics ranging from getting over her divorce, to career advice, happiness and more, while still managing to be more thought provoking and entertaining than gloomy. But this is not a book review, if you want one then you can find that easily on the internet.

I wanted to comment that one piece of life advice she gives that has stuck with me over the past couple of years was on grieving. She explains that when dealing with a friend or family member who is grieving the loss of a loved one, the knee-jerk reaction is to offer sympathy and let them know that you’re always there if you want to talk. However, this is not actually the best thing to do. Instead, one should just make themselves present in the grieving person’s life. That is, don’t wait for them to ask you for help but be around them so that they won’t feel alone in their sadness. Sometimes people don’t use talking to get through grief.

The above is my paraphrasing to the best of my memory, but this lesson has been useful in my own life.

Before I sign this post off I’d like to leave you with a couple links to some of this book’s excellent quotes, in case you’re like me and you’re too lazy to read books. I listened to the audio book haha. I highly recommend the audiobook. Seriously. Play that stuff on in the background and knock out the book like to do some chores!

Links to quotes:

  1. 24 Quotes from Amy Poehler’s Yes Please That Make Life
  2. Good Reads, quotes

I’d also like to add that after her stellar work in “Parks and Recreation” Amy Poehler once on to co-found a website for young girls that focuses on the discovery of their “authentic selves”. They really do some amazing outreach please check them out!

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls



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