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Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out Paperback – March 3, 2009
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From the bestselling coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and a leading contributor to The Secret, comes a fresh, new, practical program for finding and maintaining the happiness we all seek.
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The seven pillars are to
1) Take ownership of your happiness
2) Understand your mind and train it for happiness
3) Unerstand your heart and train it for happiness
4) Understand your body and train it
5) Understand your sould and train it
6) Live a life inspired by purpose
7) Cultivate a garden or nourishing relationships
~ Marci Shimoff from Happy for No Reason
Wouldn’t you love to be “Happy for No Reason”?!?
Me, too. :)
Marci Shimoff came up with the idea for Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and in this book she weaves together some of the best Ideas from the Positive Psychology movement with Chicken Soup for the Soul-like stories from what she calls the “Happy 100,” ranging from peeps like Elizabeth Gilbert (who wrote Eat Pray Love) to Michael Bernard Beckwith (founder of Agape Spiritual Center and star of The Secret).
It’s a fun read and packed with goodness. We’re barely going to scratch the surface of all the book’s mojo as we learn how to build habits in all aspects of our lives to truly be “Happy for No Reason.”
Here are some of the big ideas:
1. Some Not-So-Happy - Statistics.
2. The Continuum - Of happiness.
3. Happiness Set-Point: - What’s yours?
4. Life, Liberty & The… - *Practice* of happiness.
5. Response-Ability: - The ability to respond.
So, let’s get our kaizen on and take baby step after baby step after baby step all the way up the beautiful mountain that is our abiding joy.
(More goodness--including PhilosophersNotes on 250+ books at http://www.brianjohnson.me)
So when I received it, I was delighted that Marci covered the material of many of the scientific studies detailed in academic positive psychology without taking people through the more tedious details. Yet she provides many resources if you like going deeper. She emphasized some health and physical techniques and emphasized Kaizen or baby steps that are so critical for some one who is depressed. I like that she mixes material from the highest-level research with Eastern techniques. She clearly loves her subject and has explored many facets of it.
This book could be called the 21 steps to Happiness for No Reason because each step has three sub items. The structure is a little bit formulaic but very well organized. The stories about real people help connect the reader and emphasize the points. I have recommended it to clients who have downloaded the guide and use it between sessions. It is not a cure for depression, nor does it pretend to be but it covers all the bases if you want to raise your happiness set point and be happy for no reason and that is a good feeling.
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