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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?”

Expecting Adam

By Martha Beck

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"From the moment Martha and her husband, John, accidentally conceived their second child, all hell broke loose. They were a couple obsessed with success...They had two Harvard degrees apiece and were gunning for more...When their unborn son, Adam, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, doctors, advisers, and friends in the Harvard community warned them that if they decided to keep the baby, they would lose all hope of achieving their carefully crafted goals. Fortunately, that's exactly what happened."

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Soul Talk: The New Spirituality of African American Women

By Akasha Gloria Hull

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"In the last few decades African-American women have experienced a revival of spirituality and creative force, fashioning a unique way to connect with the divine. In Soul Talk, Akasha Gloria Hull examines this multifaceted spirituality that has both fostered personal healing and functioned as a formidable weapon against racism and social injustice."

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All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles For Making Joy Real in Your Life

By Debrena Jackson Gandy

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The author of the best-selling Sacred Pampering Principles provides a prescription for power for African-American women based on spiritual principles. This inspiring book shows how to step into power joyfully and boldly and provides practical ways to access inner spiritual power and express it externally.

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