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

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Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul author Marci Shimoff doesn't think that we should wait for reasons to be happy. To her, happiness isn't just a fleeting spark of elation or euphoria; it's a self-sustaining state of peace and well-being. In Happy for No Reason, this leading contributor to The Secret shares her personal holistic secrets about rising above life's darkest sto ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Free Press (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
Andria
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
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Diane
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 "
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Yaya
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.
"I LOVE YOU SWEET HEART"
smiling
that was just odd in a non-flatering way
"ok...."
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
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Jen
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
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Karen
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
Victor
Mar 22, 2009 Victor rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Kara Lane
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
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Jennifer
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.
Hayley
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.
Hava
Jun 17, 2008 Hava rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Luís
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.
Tatiana
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
Vicki
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.
John
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
Pattimaris1675 Aolcom
This book is outstanding. It not only is good reading, but it tells you how to be happy. Great read!
Sharlene
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
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Sabrina
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
Tami
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
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Carlos Eduardo
This book was amazing! Marci and Carol make the topic such an interesting subject matter and easy to follow. The 7 steps that are mentioned are both greatly explained and simple enough to incorporate into your daily life.
I am continuously incorporating the various techniques and even researching some that I see work better for me than others to ensure that those are truly part of my everyday rituals so that like the Happy 100, I am Happy for No Reason.
Kim Olver
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
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Katrina
I liked a lot about, especially the first half of the book. Most things I read go right along with the gospel, and are things we are all working at becoming better at. The thing that stand out to me is on Page 84 about how are thoughts are not always true....and the following sections on keeping in check our negative thoughts. Page 107 "Which wolf wins....the one you feed".
I will try to Breath deeply more! And remember it's ok to stop being SO busy and remember on Page 189 by Mother Teresa, "God
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Juanita Johnson
Absolutely great book. You can bdg most of the information included her in a variety of books. For some reason, I'm caught up in reading several of these types of books at the same time. But Marci Shimoff makes sure that you have all of the tools in the same place. As a 12 stepper, I love that one of the final stories is about finding happiness in 12 step recovery in AlAnon. If for nothing else, I would highly recommend reading this book. Its a tale of recovery done right. I also love that this ...more
Kitty
This was (not surprisingly) a very happy book. :-) I found myself smiling just reading it. I also found that most of it made sense (which isn't always the case with this sort of book). However, it falls short of five stars because I'm not sure how much of a lasting effect it's going to have on my life. There was almost too much information to actually absorb it all - nothing extremely complicated, but just seemed like a lot ideas. Perhaps if I had bought it, instead of getting it from the librar ...more
Lisa Ryan
Marci Shimoff is delightful. I love the concept of the book and the way she writes. She includes a lot of stories and supports everything she says with research.

I had the opportunity to meet Marci through our appearing together in The Keeper of the Keys, a documentary also starring Jack Canfield and John Gray. I liked her just as much in person as I do in writing. I included this book in the recommended reading section of my book: The Upside of Down Times: Discovering the Power of Gratitude whic
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Samantha L.
pretty good advice. i like that she did her research both in and out of the scientific community AND that she made the information easily accessible to people that may not understand all the neuroscience stuff. some of the advice seemed like "no duh. why wouldn't that make me happy?" but then you realize that you aren't really doing those "duh" type things in your life. so it's a good reminder.

as with any self-help book, i feel that it should still be taken with a grain of salt, and lots of skep
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Vanessa
I liked this book - I thought it had lots of good ideas for being happy. Gratitude, appreciating the little things in life, and listening to your body. There were many stories of the "Happy 100" - people who are truly Happy For No Reason. The only thing I didn't like about these was that there were some really negative stories. I understand that sometimes people come to positive place after something negative happens, but I found it funny that a book about being positive and happy would have so ...more
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