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Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out [Paperback]

Marci Shimoff , Carol Kline
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Book Description

March 3 2009

What would it take to make you happy? A fulfilling career, a big bank account, or the perfect mate? What if it didn’t take anything to make you happy? What if you could experience happiness from the inside out—no matter what’s going on in your life?

In Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, transformational expert Marci Shimoff offers a breakthrough approach to being happy. Incorporating the latest findings in positive psychology, powerful tools and tech­niques, and moving real-life stories, this life-changing 7-step program will raise your “happiness set-point.” You don’t have to have happy genes, win the lottery, or lose twenty pounds. This book will enable you to experience more unconditional happi­ness in your life—starting today!

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According to the World Health Organization, the year 2020 will see depression become second only to heart disease in terms of the global burden of illness, a sad state of affairs that motivational speaker Shimoff (co-author, Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul) believes can be changed by learning to cultivate "a happiness that’s beyond reasons and that’s here to stay." Inner happiness, she says, is within reach for anyone who can turn down the volume on their hectic lives and learn the 21 Happiness Habits that Shimoff has cultivated from 100 interviews with "deeply happy" people (including actress Goldie Hawn and author Elizabeth Gilbert). Emphasizing a holistic approach, Shimoff takes into account mind, heart, body and soul in seven chapters that cover three Happiness Habits each, as well as corresponding anecdotes that "define what it means to be Happy for No Reason." The personal stories of happy interviewees prove enlightening, and the princples they support are sound and commonsensical ("Focus on the solution," "Make peace with yourself," "Question your thoughts," "Practice forgiveness"), if not exactly groundbreaking. Exercises and quizzes give readers practical steps toward their goal, such as breathing exercises (Spring Forest Qigong) and writing assignments ("Write a letter to your Higher Power").
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"With Happy for No Reason, Marci Shimoff has hit a home run. This book presents a definitive, broad-based approach to becoming truly happy that combines great spiritual depth, top-notch research, and psychological practicality. I'm certain that if you follow the practices in her dazzling new book, you too will manifest a lifetime of happiness." -- from the Foreword by Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles and cocreator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series

"You can't depend on external circumstances for lasting happiness. It has to come from inside you. Based on scientific research and the experiences of truly happy people, Happy for No Reason shows you step-by-step how to raise your happiness set-point." -- Mehmet C. Oz, MD, coauthor of You: On a Diet and You: Staying Young

"Marci Shimoff is one of the most compelling people I've ever known. I'm happy she's shared her wisdom with all of us in Happy for No Reason." -- Marianne Williamson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love

"Happy for No Reason offers seven clear, powerful, and effective steps you can practice to be happier right now!" -- John Gray, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"This book is a wonderful collection of techniques and examples, shared by people who have had one of the most important realizations I think we can have -- that we already have within us the ability to live in a state of Happy for No Reason." -- Lindsay Wagner, Emmy Award-winning actress, The Bionic Woman

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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy for No Reason Dec 18 2008
By Beth
Written by the author of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Women (Chicken Soup for the Soul), this is one of the most popular happiness books around. While the author isn't a bona fide positive psychology researcher, that's not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to happiness books- although opinions vary.

Some people think that the best happiness books are written by the positive psychology researchers themselves- because they know the info the best. On the other hand, there are excellent happiness books around written by non-happiness researchers, such as Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World -penned by a physical therapist who began studying happiness after wondering how some of his patients in the hospital could be so happy- despite being so sick or faced with a grave prognosis. Sometimes its nice to get a non-happiness researcher's point of view- to avoid the inherent biases that people have when they discuss and write about their own research. You be the judge- on to the book.

The idea presented is to get the reader to become "Happy for No Reason"- which the book defines as true happiness that isn't dependent on external circumstances. You can then take a questionnaire to see how close you are to being "Happy for No Reason."

So if you're not quite there yet, how does the book intend to get you there?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness Set-Point raised! July 23 2009
By Krista
Love, Love, Love this book! Marci does something in this book that I have seen many other brilliant authors do in books on the topic of success. Like Napoleon Hill in "Think and Grow Rich" and Malcolm Gladwell in "Ouliers", Marci studies and interviews people who exemplify the quality they are writing about. What better way is there to discover the secrets that make people successful than finding out what traits they have in common. In "Happy for No Reason" Marci interviews 100 people who are Happy for no Reason and discovers what it takes to raise your "happiness set-point". She then lays out a 7 step process to help you do just that. I write a Stress Buster Tip of the Week for clients and this book has given me material for a year!

Krista Hearty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy for No Reason April 10 2009
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This is a well writen and amousing book.Strate talk that the reader can easily understand. Packed with useful info.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!!! May 9 2011
Do yourself a huge favour and get this book!! I wish I had read it ten years ago. It has changed my life! Happy Reading :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Oct. 24 2010
By Maple
This book is in the genre of spiritual/self help. It manages to synthesize all of the recent information on these topics and create meaningful and very specific strategies for attaining peace and happiness. There are also very useful onine tools and exercises included. Overall, Happy For No Reason was the best book I have read in this category because it includes all areas of personal growth and discusses them thoroughly and offers the means to achieve improvement. Most books give a general idea of strategies but not specifically what to do and how to do it.
Shimoff writes concisely yet completely in clear, well understood language.
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