One of every five American women is on antidepressants. Each year, 6 million men begin taking them. Despite these stats, many of us continue to be unhappy.
But what does it mean to be truly happy—and how can you get there? Stress-management expert Marci Shimoff believes she has a revolutionary truth: We don’t have to manipulate the world around us to achieve happiness.
In Happy For No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, Shimoff and coauthor Carol Kline combine research, practical techniques and inspiring stories to show you how to experience a lasting state of inner peace and well-being that cannot be altered by external circumstances. Shimoff calls this phenomenon “happy for no reason,” and in her buzz-worthy new book, she provides the tools to help you achieve this permanent state.
After spending decades researching the science of happiness and interviewing scores of experts, Shimoff discovered happiness isn’t an abstract emotion; rather, it’s a physiological state that can be measured and experienced more often in our everyday lives.
Here’s the basic premise: Recent psychological research reveals each of us has a “happiness set-point,” which is roughly 50% genetic and 50% learned. No matter what happens to us, we tend to return to our set level of happiness.
The good news? In the same way we crank up a thermostat to get comfortable on a chilly day, we can reprogram our happiness set-point to a higher level of peace and well-being. Instead of trying to overhaul our outer world, we need to adjust our happiness set-point, which involves changing our habits.
In her research, Shimoff found happy people live their lives differently from their unhappy counterparts. Most follow three guiding principles:
- What expands you makes you happier.
- The universe is out to support you.
- What you appreciate, appreciates.
“Becoming happy for no reason may not happen overnight,” Shimoff writes, “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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