Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff

Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff

“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 life. Through her research and her interviews of the “Happy 100,” Shimoff discovers that happiness is derived from within and offers the following seven steps to creating your own happiness:

1. Take Ownership of Your Happiness
2. Don’t Believe Everything You Think
3. Let Love Lead
4. Make Your Cells Happy
5. Plug Yourself Into Spirit
6. Live a Life Inspired by Purpose
7. Cultivate Nourishing Relationships

So, why should you read this book now that I’ve given away Shimoff’s seven steps? Because although these steps are the basics of Shimoff’s plan, her explanations and advice are well worth reading, to the point where I wanted to dog-ear the book’s pages (as it was a library book, I did not).  Even the new-age concept of the Law of Attraction had me thinking “what if it is true?” and “what do I have to lose?”

Two features of Happy for No Reason are added bonuses: First, Shimoff offers a concise “Plan for Life” that expounds upon the seven steps to happiness in a neat, numbered list. Second, she provides a comprehensive list of recommended reading and Web resources, one of which is the book’s companion site, happyfornoreason.com/bookgifts. These resources do not merely tout Shimoff’s ability to promote happiness, but are a collection of informative books and links to additional experts and information.

A few other titles on the topic of happiness that I recommend are: The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin; Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert; and The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner.