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

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,625 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews

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 exp
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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K.D. Absolutely
Quite an inspiring book. Marci Shimoff is the woman's face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles in the series, including Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul, have met with stunning success, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide in 33 languages and have been on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 108 weeks. Marci Shimoff is one of the bestselling female nonfiction autho ...more
Kristal Cooper
I truly believe that ANYone with ANY level of happiness could read this book and end up a genuinely happier person. The author gives a couple dozen techiniques for making small paradigm shifts that will very casually lighten your load and outlook. If you do all of the exercises with a different issue in mind for each, you'll be amazed at the difference in your heart and soul when you finally close the book. What's great about her comprehensive approach is that something that works for me may not ...more
Kara Lane
Aug 20, 2014 Kara Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marci Shimoff has written a great book on how to be unconditionally happy. Using stories from her own life and from the 100 genuinely happy people she interviewed, she demonstrates how it's possible to be happy regardless of external circumstances.

She provides 21 "happiness habits" that can be practiced by anyone to help them achieve deep and lasting happiness, rather than the fleeting kind based on external things that so many people experience today. Some of my favorites are:
- Focus on solutio
May 17, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books-read
Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, Marci Shimoff is an audio book that arrive recently from Paperback Swap.

“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”. I was shocked by this statistic, and was anxious to learn more. The book combines research studies with the case histories and practices of many individuals and cultures

Studies show that each of us has a "
Jun 23, 2009 Yaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mother read this and recomended for me to read it after she was done.
When I came home from school, my mother was reading this on the couch.
I anounce my return and head for my room, my mom calls me so I turn around to look at her.
that was just odd in a non-flatering way
she giggles in my response, which makes the hair on my arms to stand up.
Whats gotten into her?
Is she sick? Did she just lose it while I was at school?
I ask her and she goes on about ho
Feb 12, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I have no reason to like this book. It's got more than three strikes against it, after all, but it spoke to me - so I bought it.

Strike one: I REALLY don't like seeing the authors' faces on the covers of their books. For some reason it seems completely feigned.

Strike two: She's got some connection to the chicken soup for the soul books which I despise. AND

Strike three: She likes the book "The Secret" - a book that's full of...malarkey.

Anyway, I bought it because she has some great insights into
Oct 08, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains a number of suggestions/exercises to help you see and appreciate the good things in life, along with stories of people who embody the principles discussed. Many of these are things that I already knew, however, this book brings them all together and gives steps to practice these. I enjoyed the stories and have been trying to be conscientious about practicing the actions outlined in the book. I find that they really help lift me out of a bad mood. I like having so many practica ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Andria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember skimming the library self-help section in a brain-dead daze. I was twelve? no, thirteen-years-old? when I read this book.

As hard as it is to believe, I was suffering from severe depression. No, it was not your typical "teenage blues". It wasn't just a "phase" instigated by hormones and other bullshit that adults tried to drill into my head...I just felt like my life was lacking meaning and purpose, and well...who doesn't want to be ultimately happy?

So I checked this book out from the
Tess Mertens-Johnson
This was a great book to read over the holidays when life can make you blue.
Marci wrote this book to try to coach people to find happiness in life.
For no reason.
Many of her suggestions I took to heart and it helped me through a heard time. She co-authored “The Secret” and “Chicken Soup for the Women’s Soul”.
Her advise taught the reader to find good in bad situations, how to NOT be the friend who complains constantly and the power of attraction. You attract people like you. If you are a downer, d
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is filled with ups and downs. Every so often, we have those wonderful, almost magical, moments that are particularly sweet. In one instant, we are completely filled with joy. Everything is right with the world.

Then, something happens. The moment fades. We are back to just being ourselves. The joy is quickly forgotten. We go back to our mundane lives.

I think we've all wondered what life would be like if we managed to keep that wonderful feeling. We know, of course, that happiness brought o
Kim Olver
Jul 30, 2010 Kim Olver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough great things about this book. I LOVED this book. What attracted me to it initially was the subtitle--talking about being happy from the inside out. My avid readers know Inside Out Empowerment is all about an inside out transformation of your life. So, I picked up the book and read it in record time.

I loved it because Marci used research to make her point. She interviewed 100 people she determined to be happy from the inside out to learn their secrets to success. She then summa
Mar 22, 2009 Victor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of transformational speakers
Shelves: nonfiction
There may be nuggets of wisdom in Happy for No Reason, but finding them requires a high level of tolerance for new age psychobabble, mysticism, and motivational/transformational speak. (Not to mention unnecessary capitalization of Common Concepts and copious references to other transformational speakers, programs, seminars, and books.) Although the first three chapters were relatively tolerable, it was downhill from there. I think Chapter 7 was when my gag reflex really kicked in and I had to st ...more
Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff
Some grandiose parts mixed in with material that actually antagonized me…but hey! We need to be positive and be “merit finders, not fault finders”

- “An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He
Brian Johnson
“Happy for No Reason isn’t elation, euphoria, mood spikes or peak experiences that don’t last. It doesn’t mean grinning like a fool 24/7 or experiencing a superficial high. Happy for No Reason isn’t an emotion. In fact, when you are Happy for No Reason, you can have any emotion—including sadness, fear, anger, or hurt—but you still experience that underlying state of peace and well-being… When you’re Happy for No Reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book. If you have not gotten to the point in your life of, "How can I be truly happy?" than this is NOT the book for you. This book is for the one who is dedicated to fulfilling their own life, and willing to take the necessary steps to get there. I have, and this book has helped me in so many ways. All 2008 I was searching for happiness, and finally turned to books that I thought would help, in turn found this book, and also was led to the study of Kabbalah, which is so awesome! ...more
Melissa Wadsworth
Marci Shimoff searches the world of joy seekers and discontent mendors to offer up an amazing array of techinques and tools that can help raise your happy meter. This is one of those books that offers something for everyone. If one tool doesn't work or resonate another one will. She has done all the foot work to bring you her own personal transformation and journey toward increased happiness. Needless to say, it's a happy, hopeful read.
Jan 14, 2013 Hayley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
update- Too up'ity self helpy. Glad it was just a library freebee!
I've just skimmed the beginning, but so far this lady REALLY wants you to know that she was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Women's Soul and that she had something to do with the book The Secret. Oy... not a good way to build credibility with me. At least it's a library book. But, it got such good reviews that I'll give it a little longer.
Jun 17, 2008 Hava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people battling depression
Recommended to Hava by: patrons at the library

"Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out" by Marci Shimoff is one of the better self-help books that I’ve read (although, I’ll confess, I really haven’t read that many). She’s down to earth, funny, and self-deprecating. She even uses cartoons...

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Ypatios Varelas
Apr 06, 2016 Ypatios Varelas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα ακόμα βιβλίο με συμβουλές για την ευτυχία μας. Πολλές συμβουλές, κάποιες πολύ καλές, κάποιες όχι και τόσο και κάποιες καθόλου.

Η συγγραφέας δεν είναι επαγγελματίας της ψυχολογίας αλλά επαγγελματίας συγγραφέας και έτσι το βιβλίο έχει το τυπικό ύφος ενός συγγράμματος της pop psychology και της "προσωπικής ανάπτυξης". Απευθύνεται στο ευρύ κοινό, αλλά νομίζω ότι θα αρέσει περισσότερο στις γυναίκες παρά στους άντρες. Το βιβλίο διαβάζεται πολύ ευχάριστα και ως προς αυτό θα άξιζε 5 αστέρια, όμως όσ
Jun 28, 2012 Luís rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When i bought it i had a different idea how it would be. I don't like this kind of "help" book. I thought it would be a fun reading but instead give us a list of instructions to be happy. Not my thing. Write things that make us feel unhapy, etc. But reading the reviews from here, maybe i need to give it a second chance.
Apr 21, 2014 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book super valuable. It was recommended to me by a friend when I was having a really rough time of feeling good ever. At first I was skeptical but it came at just the right time in my learning process. I was over-the-top unhappy and needed some ideas to get back on track. This book covers all the bases and incorporates a lot of the fundamental principles of 12-step support groups that I love. I can say with confidence that reading this book over the past few months has literally hel ...more
Cherie Kephart
Jul 14, 2016 Cherie Kephart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rarely do I read a book and think: everyone would benefit from reading this. Happy for No Reason is one of those scarce books brimming with ideas, inspiration, research, and guidance advantageous for all people. Think about it. Who doesn’t want to be happier, every day, in every moment? If you want to better understand what factors contribute to being happy and learn simple yet effective techniques to achieve greater happiness, take the time to read this book. You will undoubtedly be motivated a ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do not judge this book by its cover. Littered with personal stories from the "Happy 100", this book shows the depth of research and understanding the author has on the subject of being happy for no reason. If you are looking to be that person, then this book is for you.
Dec 19, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While anecdotes, recollections and interviews constitute the majority of this book, and most of the techniques in the book are not original, it is nice to have so many useful and practical suggestions and methods gathered together in one place and conveyed in a way that most "normal" people can understand. I use two of the methods in the book nearly every day, and they have worked for me (testimonial, of sorts), but I discovered them independently, previously, and was already using them at the t ...more
I read this book as a reference for my passion project with the topic of happiness. It was a great reference and it had a lot of helpful information that can be used by anyone who reads it. The book was mainly contained ways that people can bring more happiness into their lives and had stories with examples of when these things were done. and how they made each individual feel. All of the steps that were given were very helpful and very realistic as well. The book also contained funny comics tha ...more
Pattimaris1675 Aolcom
This book is outstanding. It not only is good reading, but it tells you how to be happy. Great read!
Prince William Public Library System
“I’ll be happy when…I win the lottery. Snag my dream job. Lose that last ten pounds.” Does that sound familiar? Marci Shimoff in "Happy for No Reason" points out the flaws in this type of thinking and presents practical advice for living a life of happiness, regardless of your circumstances. Shimoff herself thought she had achieved the American Dream as a successful, published author married to a loving husband and living in a beautiful home. But she, too, felt something was missing from her lif ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Sharlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educational, adult
I would give this book a five, but I am being a little more conservative with my ratings these days.

I am not up to date on my book list, but I wanted to take a moment to recommend this book. I really enjoyed focusing more on happiness. I think the author is right in that we can become happier just by studying the topic. I am looking forward to doing some of the exercises on her website. I have incorporated some of her ideas in my life already, and I think it is changing me for the better. I lov
Sabrina  Brawley
Mar 03, 2008 Sabrina Brawley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sabrina by: Breeni Books
With the help of Carol Kline, Marci Shimoff--a featured guest in the movie The Secret and coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul--is out to give the world a sense of well-being in her new book, Happy for No Reason. Shimoff's plan for happiness includes seven steps highlighted with the testimonials of those deemed the "The Happy 100." These are 100 individuals who were interviewed because of their unique perspectives on happiness and who presented themselves as truly happy people. Through ...more
May 25, 2015 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This inspires me! I couldn't be more grateful for a book I've found. It's really started me on a journey (with some natural pitfalls) over the course of the past 4 years. This being my second time reading this book it's only expanded my happiness habits further and I can't wait to discover more. Thank you Marci Shimoff and everyone who wrote books that you referenced as well.
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