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New Meetup: Happy For No Reason

From: Social Medical N.
Sent on: Monday, November 15, 2010 9:51 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Anthony Robbins DC Powerteam!!

What: Happy For No Reason

When: Tuesday, November 16,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Medical Plaza
1830 Town Center DR 410
Reston, VA 20190

We will review the first chapter of Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff. I will have some other great information to share with you. Hope this makes a positive difference in your lives and empowers you to be a lot happier.
From the # 1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul and a featured teacher in The Secret comes:

7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out

By Marci Shimoff
with Carol Kline

One out of every five women in America is on antidepressants, and every year six million more men begin taking them. Even though we have more than ever, we're still unhappy. What does it mean to be truly happy? And how can we get there? Now, celebrated transformational leader Marci Shimoff reveals the revolutionary truth: we don't have to manipulate the world around us in order to achieve happiness. HAPPY FOR NO REASON: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out (Free Press, January 1, 2008; $24.95) by Marci Shimoff with Carol Kline is the first book to combine cutting-edge research, practical techniques, and inspiring stories that show readers how to experience a lasting state of inner peace and well-being that is unaltered by external circumstances. Shimoff calls this phenomenon ?Happy for No Reason,? and in her groundbreaking new book, she gives us the tools to achieve this deep, permanent state of happiness.

Inspired by her own desire to be happy, Shimoff spent decades researching the science of happiness, interviewing scores of experts, and one very special group she terms the ?Happy 100?-one hundred people from all walks of life who are deeply, unconditionally happy. She discovered that happiness isn't an abstract emotion-it's a physiological state that can be measured and experienced more often in our everyday lives. Recent studies in the field of Positive Psychology show that we all have a ?happiness set-point? that is approximately 50% genetic and 50% learned. No matter what happens to us, we tend to return to our set level of happiness. The most exciting news is that in the same way we can crank up a thermostat to get comfortable on a chilly day, we can actually reprogram our happiness set-point to a higher level of peace and well-being. Shimoff explains that instead of trying to change our outer world in order to be happier, all we really need to do is change our happiness set-point. To do that, we have to change our habits.

In her interviews with the Happy 100, Shimoff found that happy people live their lives differently than unhappy people. For example, they all seemed to live by three guiding principles, or universal laws, that she calls The Guiding Three: First, what expands you makes you happier (The Law of Expansion). Second, the universe is out to support you (The Law of Universal Support). And third, what you appreciate, appreciates (The Law of Attraction). This third law has recently generated buzz due to the success of The Secret, in which Shimoff was a featured teacher.

HAPPY FOR NO REASON gives seven clear steps for raising our happiness set-point, and demystifies the process of obtaining a joyful state of life. Shimoff encourages readers to ?Build a Home for Happiness,? which is an easy-to-remember analogy that likens the process of becoming happy to building a home. The seven steps correspond to the seven main areas of our lives: the foundation corresponds to our personal power; the four pillars to our mind, heart, body, and soul; the roof to our purpose; and the garden to our relationships.

Within the seven steps, Shimoff presents 21 core Happiness Habits (three per step) to put into practice to easily and effectively support the experience of deep and lasting happiness. Each habit has a corresponding exercise based on the latest research and findings on how to raise your happiness set point; among these are the Letting Go exercise to dissolve negative thoughts, the Loving-kindness practice to expand your capacity for compassion, the Inviting Grace exercise to practice surrendering to a higher power, the Identifying Your Passions exercise to stay aligned with what truly matters to you, and the Appreciation practice to enrich your relationships.

Interspersed with these exercises are inspiring Chicken Soup-style stories from the ?Happy 100,? compelling evidence that the Happiness Habits truly work. You'll hear from people who overcame loss and adversity to emerge happier and healthier, including:

* a mother who faced her son's killer with a compassionate heart and found peace in the power of forgiveness;
* the daughter of Saddam Hussein's personal pilot, who made peace with her frightening past;
* Mariel Hemingway, who reveals the freedom she gained from letting go of her troubled family history;
* Goldie Hawn, who shares the power of connecting with spirit; and
* Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, who found happiness through listening to her inner wisdom.

Their stories are wonderful illustrations that there are many paths to becoming HAPPY FOR NO REASON.

Sprinkled with inspirational quotes, punctuated by powerful exercises, and framed with helpful summaries, HAPPY FOR NO REASON is packed with tools that will enable you to be happier right now - no matter where you start. ?Becoming Happy for No Reason may not happen overnight,? writes Shimoff, ?though, as I found in some instances, it can! Having the vision that this kind of happiness exists and knowing the steps to achieve it will put you on the fast track to a complete transformation of your life. I know, because it's happened to me and to thousands of others? Believe me, if I can do it, so can you.?


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