As you know from a previous post, I’m an avid book reader…book junkie. I usually have open several books at a time, and I love doing this. Last week on my bookshelf, I picked up this great ‘feel good’ book: “Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out” by Marci Shimoff with Carol Kline. I just finished reading the chapter Live a Life Inspired by Purpose.
Why does this book impress me? The authors focus on the power we naturally have to create happiness with chapters like Practicing Happiness, Take Ownership of Your Happiness, Don’t Believe Everything You Think, Let Love Lead, Make Your Cells Happy, Plug Yourself Into Spirit, Live a Life Inspired by Purpose and Cultivate Nourishing Relationships.
The authors track the lives of 100 Happy People and what makes them happy. Reading about other’s journey in life intrigues and teaches me. I like people stories in the books I read. In the book are people who have dealt with challenges, yet still chose to be happy. The important word here is “chose” and continue to choose to be happy.
How do you feel when you interact with someone who is happy? I feel my energy levels increase and I’m enjoying myself. Not everyone feels that way around happy people. Some people find happy people annoying.
Someone who is genuinely happy isn’t jumping all over the place, instead, there is an internal balance and calmness within them that they express naturally.
I’m not happy all the time. I strive to choose happiness. When I’m feeling funky, unhappy or moody, I sit and listen to myself and know that the feeling will guide me to where I need to go to feel better. Creating daily gratitude for all the good things that happen each day helps build my happiness muscles.
What I appreciated about this book is that the authors provide tools to help each person find their level of happiness. I believe that happiness is our birthright, yet our current beliefs have blocked our access to this goldmine. Read the book and give yourself the power to choose your happiness.
What makes you happy? Do you believe you can be happy or do you think life has to be perfect to be happy?
Women’s Group Topics
Again, what makes you happy? Is it the same as others in the group? How can you build your “happiness” muscles so that you enjoy more in your life?
“To fully enjoy the ‘richness’ of our lives, we need to stop long enough to visit with ourselves.”