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Happy For No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy From the Inside Out Paperback – 7 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184737087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847370877
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Marci Shimoff is the female face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history - the Chicken Soup series - having co-authored six of the titles. A celebrated transformational leader and motivational expert, she regularly delivers key-note speeches on self-esteem and peak performance. She features in the international book and DVD phenomenon, The Secret, and she lives in California.

Carol Kline is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the coauthor of Happy for No Reason and five books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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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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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 there. How can we understand happiness? By understanding happy people. In assessing happy people, Shimoff argues that it is the habits adopted by such people that makes them happy. This is what Shimoff did, interviewed 100 people (the 'Happy 100') who were mentioned by others as being unusually happy, and looking at their behaviours.

After a brief overview of happiness and scientific and psychological accounts of what it is, we go straight into the main part of the book. Each section has three components, each one a facet of happiness, and each one containing at least one, but normally more than one, exercise. The components have interviews or stories of a member of the 'Happy 100' which is great because it lets you admire the adversity they overcame, and see what they did to overcome it. In this way, the book is not just instructional, with a helpful and well-laid out program, but inspirational. It gives you a wealth of tools to become a happier person, each habit helping to reach the paradigm of being 'Happy for No Reason'.
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By MousieTung's mum TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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 ago, one for mother for mothers day and one for my father for fathers day! I found it to be an easy to read but very well researched and informative book. I have practiced some of the techniques and found them to be beneficial to my well being. It has no complicated techniques to learn and can be read in any order, I just pick it up from time to time and read where it falls open. To start with I read one chapter a night which I found went into my subconcious well and worked whilst I slept making me awake the next day with positive intentions. I would highly recommend this book.
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