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Happy For No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy From the Inside Out

Happy For No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy From the Inside Out [Kindle Edition]

Marci Shimoff , Carol Kline
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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

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Everyone wants to be happy, yet so many people are the opposite of that, with increasing numbers of anti-depressants being dispensed each year. Clearly we need a new approach to life. Happy for No Reason presents startling new ideas and a practical programme that will change the way we look at creating happiness in our lives. Marci Shimoff combines the best in cutting-edge scientific research into happiness with interviews with over 100 genuinely happy people, and lays out a powerful, holistic, seven-step formula for raising our 'happiness set point'. Our happiness levels are like a neuro-physiological thermostat - we can actually re-programme ourselves to a higher level of peace and wellbeing as happiness is dependent on internal, not external, factors. Happy for No Reason will set readers quickly and easily on a path to lasting joy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 916 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184737087X
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030H7UJO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars on my top-10 list 14 Nov 2008
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I've spent over a decade investigating happiness and this is in my top four. Two of the others are also solidly based on research: "The How of Happiness" and (for its detailed action steps that work well with "How") "Emotional Toolkit". The fourth, "To Love is to be Happy With", is a classic written by the founder of the famous "Options Institute", where people can live the process explained in his book. All provide good practical advice.

I actually compiled enormous amounts of information on what research discovered, taken from over a hundred different books varying from overcoming adversity, dealing with anger and/or fear, on forgiveness, through "true" success and all the way to optimism and happiness. I did condense what I collected into a book which was never published - friends and coaching clients found it fascinating but "too much information".

This is almost the book I wish I'd written - it distills the best of the happiness research into easy-to-use steps, illustrated with inspiring stories of how very happy people have surmounted personal tragedies using these happiness processes and habits. It offers three guiding principles to overcome common blocks to happiness and a seven-step programme to become "Happy for No Reason".
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy for No Reason 18 Dec 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By N Ryan
Before I started reading this book I knew there was a brigther side to life filled with happiness and peace but I never knew how to create it in my life permanently and would always slip back into my old routine of negative thinking. This fantastic book has really opened my eyes and heart to the happier side of life and in 4 days of reading it and using some of the action steps I feel uplifted, brighter and happy for no reason. The key to success in using this book is being committed and using the action steps daily. As with anything new you want to learn you need to practise it daily and this book has some fantastic steps to learn and put into practise to create new happier habits. This book really does help you to turn all your negative energy into much happier and positive energy and helps you create a much happier, healthier life. You get to choose which side of life to look at and sometimes it is all to easy to slip into those old negative patterns that have been ingrained into your mind - well this is some excellent news you can now change your happy set-point and with practice this book will help show you the way. I would definitely recommend this book 100%. Thank you Marci for a truely inspiring book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too many celebrities featured 23 Mar 2010
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The book is okay, and has reasonable advice, presented in a reasonable way (and which echoes advice provided in lots of self-help / happiness books these days). Some interesting personal stories as well.

The book relies heavily however on case studies from the '100 happy' - which were apparently the 100 happiest people they could find in America, people who should serve as inspirations to the rest of us. And a major blow to credibility here is how many of these '100 happy' are celebrities or self-help gurus. There's Goldie Hawn, Catherine Oxenberg and (I don't feel like going back to the book to dredge up the names, but basically about 80% of the names are either film / TV stars or are people who sell self-help books such as The Secret) - only a very small minority of them are ordinary people with ordinary lives.

Perhaps it shouldn't have, but that seriously reduced my appreciation of this book. I just can't believe that so many celebrities are that happy, never mind that they are so over-represented in the list of the top. Biographies of famous people tend to indicate that they are often deeply insecure people, driven by a need to gain external approval. Maybe these are the exceptions, presented in this book - but it seems unlikely that there should be so many of them.

And then the self-help gurus. Okay, one might argue that they've devoted their lives to the cause, so maybe they've worked a thing or two out. But... they have a vested interest, don't they? I can't help but think there were all sorts of negotiations going on, with publishers hoping to promote other books by holding up the authors as examples of The Way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Relates to me in so many ways. Really enjoying reading this book :)
Published 5 days ago by Janine Juma
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid program to a life of happiness
Marci Shimoff develops the paradigm that we can be 'Happy for No Reason'. Paradoxically, in chasing happiness by going for other things, we lose sight of something that is already... Read more
Published 6 months ago by H.P.J.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Really uplifting, inspiring book thatsis readable right to the end. Filled with great information, other peoples experirnced and stories snd exercises to do. I love it.
Published 9 months ago by J. King
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy that I bought this book...
I enjoyed this book, and I really did start to feel happier almost as soon as I started reading it! I found it full of common sense and good ideas - it could be read all the way... Read more
Published 22 months ago by V Depledge
5.0 out of 5 stars happy for no reason - a great self help book!
This is an excellent read with practical exercises to help you on your happiness quest! The stories are inspirational & really help focus the mind on the positive. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars Etiquette tips
This book has been beautifully written, with wit and tounge-in-cheek humour throughout. I found it useful in a number of areas where I was unsure of the code of etiquette such as... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by Penelope Adaora-Dickens
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is not the first Happy For No Reason book I bought. I have given it to all my friends and family. I just love it!
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Published on 25 April 2010 by HorsesHealer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
This a fabulous book written in an insiring way and showing how with some small, but significant changes, everyone can lead a happier life.
Published on 21 Mar 2010 by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great self improvement book
I purchased Happy for no reason, by Marci Shimoff in about January of this year. I was so impressed I have since bought three more copies, one for my brothers birthday a few weeks... Read more
Published on 5 July 2009 by C. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is a Life Style!
Marci Shimoff shares pearls of wisdom in "Happy For No Reason". There is freedom in her suggestion that my thoughts aren't always true and not to believe everything I think -... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2009 by Colleen Messina
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