Author Uses Secret to Happiness
to Triumph over Death!
CJ Scarlet, President
9 Seven Oaks Drive
Clayton, NC 27520
CJ Scarlet was told by her doctor in 2002 that her debilitating, long-term
autoimmune conditions (lupus and scleroderma) had caused her to develop a
progressive heart and lung condition, het life came to a screeching halt.
Desperately ill, she struggled to make the best of her remaining time, but
her overwhelming fear and misery overrode her attempts to be happy and
robbed her of hope. One day, while meeting with a Tibetan Buddhist lama, she
poured out her troubles, expecting to receive sympathy. Instead, the Lama
ordered her to stop feeling sorry for herself and focus her attention on the
happiness of others.
Out of obedience, curiosity, and more than a bit of boredom, she began praying for and actively helping others. She noticed that when she helped someone, she felt a flush of happiness. She began to do larger things, like giving her cane to a woman who was struggling to walk and volunteering at the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina. Then the most amazing thing happened—the happier she became, the better she felt, until her physical problems—all of them—began reversing themselves!
CJ Scarlet is an author, motivational speaker, certified life transitions coach, and founder of the Kindness Cure Campaign and The Healing Tree Foundation. With eighteen years as an advocate for individuals facing tragedy and trauma, and a Humanities Master’s Degree in Human Violence, CJ has a solid understanding of the myriad physical and emotional challenges people face and how they habitually—and often ineffectually—respond to them.
In 2008, she founded The Healing Tree Foundation to meet the dire needs of child and adult victims of abuse and neglect by teaching them alternatives to violence and the healing power of kindness. On World Kindness Day in November 2008, CJ launched the Kindness Cure Campaign, a project committed to getting people to perform one million acts of kindness in one year. CJ herself is performing 365 acts of kindness, all of which are being digitally recorded for use by the media, YouTube, and the Kindness Cure’s social networking site, www.thekindnesscure.org.
A certified personal “Happy Endings” coach, CJ works with people who are facing life-threatening illnesses, to help them learn to live their remaining time—however short or long—with peace, joy and equanimity, and without regrets.
As Director of Victim Issues for the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, CJ initiated and co-chaired the nation’s first Statewide Automated Victim Notification System, which saves lives by ensuring victims are automatically notified when their perpetrators are released from custody. This program was selected as the national model by the U.S. Department of Justice and received several national awards.
CJ has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, and was a media spokesperson while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. She has given speeches at national and international events, and in 2000 she was one of twenty women in the country selected to present at Springboard Enterprises Mid-Atlantic Venture Capital Forum, which showcases women-led companies to venture capitalists from across the country. As a result of her exposure at this event, CJ was featured in Entrepreneur magazine (December 2000), Metro magazine (July/August 2000 issue, in which her company was named one of the “High Tech 100” companies to watch in North Carolina), and Triangle Business Journal (June 9, 2000).
The USMC Combat Correspondent’s Association and the Thomas Jefferson Awards Program have honored CJ for her writing and editorial skills. CJ has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the National Victims Constitutional Amendment Network and the North Carolina Governor’s Advisory Commission on Military Affairs. She was chosen as Honor Graduate of her platoon in Marine Corps bootcamp and was named Outstanding Young Careerist by the Business & Professional Women’s Club in her region.
CJ’s first book, entitled, Neptune’s Gift: Discovering Your Inner Ocean, is now available at all major online bookstores, and is being heralded as “the next Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by bestselling author Jack Canfield. She was recently named one of the “Happy 100” people on the planet, and is featured in the new bestseller, Happy for No Reason, by Chicken Soup for the Soul author Marci Shimoff.