Review of Happy for No Reason: How to be Happy Even During the Toughest Times

by Tracey Hausel on April 24, 2010

For those of you who want to know if Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out
by Marci Shimoff is a good book, it is. Go read it. For the rest who want to know what I thought, read on.

I had heard of Happy for No Reason about a year ago and figured at some point I would read it.

Well, I went to see if a bookclub I belonged to had added any books to their reading list. Lo and behold there was Happy for No Reason. So I went to the library and picked it up.

I knew it would be a good book because I really respected the people who put this bookclub together. I did wonder if it was going to be a little, well, woo-woo?

Now, for those who know me, I don’t mind woo-woo stuff. Hey, I’m a devoted fan of Ghost Hunters.

But I know that I am in the minority.

I am happy to report that Marci Shimoff did a wonderful job of explaining how to increase happiness in a logical way with some stories, examples, and even some research to back it up.

Marci Shimoff suggests a 7-step program to increase your happiness.
1.    The Foundation – Take Ownership of Your Happiness
2.    The Pillar of the Mind – Don’t Believe Everything You Think
3.    The Pillar of the Hear – Let Love Lead
4.    The Pillar of the Body – Make Your Cells Happy
5.    The Pillar of the Soul – Plug Yourself in to Spirit
6.    The Roof- Live a Life Inspired by Purpose
7.    The Garden – Cultivate Nourishing Relationships

She goes into detail explaining each step and has activities for you to complete.Marci also gives a very detailed list of resources.

There is even a free pdf workbook to download which includes all the activities in the original book. This is especially great for those who borrow the book from the library.

My one criticism is that a game plan is not laid out. For instance she doesn’t say do this for a period of time then move onto the next step.

Many people may be overcome by all of the activities and not do any of them.

So all in all I really liked Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out
by Marci Shimoff. If you truly want to increase your happiness, invest in this book.

P.S. Have you read this book? Tell us in the comments what you thought, and if and how you implemented any of the strategies.

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