Marci Shimoff quotes page 2
Two Tibetan monks meet each other a few years after being released from prison, where
they had been tortured by their jailers.
"Have you forgiven them?" asks the first.
"I will never forgive them! Never!" replies the second.
"Well," says the first monk, "I guess they still have you in prison, don't they?"
In relationships we're so used to complaining about other people. My co-workers are so
difficult to work with, my husband makes me so mad, my children are so lazy. It's always
focusing on the other person. But for relationships to really work, we need to focus on what
we appreciate about the other person, not what we're complaining about.
Like attracts like: whatever you think, feel, say, and act on, you draw to yourself like a
magnet. Whenever you appreciate the happiness that already exists in your life, like money in
the bank, it appreciates!
Play the Gratitude Game. Before you go to sleep, think of five things you're grateful for that
day. Write them down in a journal if you'd like.
An old farmer used a horse to till his fields. One day, the horse ran away, and when the
farmer's neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer shrugged his
shoulders and replied, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?"
A week later, the horse returned with a herd of wild mares, and this time the neighbors
congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"
Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell and
broke his leg. Everyone agreed this was very bad luck. But the farmer's only reaction was,
"Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"
A week later, the army marched into the village and drafted all the young men they could
find. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they let him stay behind. Good
luck? Bad luck?
The highest use of the Law of Attraction is applying it to the goal that underlies all goals:
becoming Happy for No Reason.
Gratitude is not only fundamental to being Happy for No Reason, it's good for your health too.
A recent study conducted by Dr. Michael McCullough at the University of Miami showed that
people who describe themselves as feeling grateful tend to have more vitality and optimism,
suffer less stress, and experience fewer episodes of clinical depression than the population as
Begin each day by asking yourself, "What would be meaningful to do today?" Then be led by
inspiration throughout the day.
There are no drugs more powerful than those you already have in your head! More than
100,000 chemical reactions go on in your brain every second. Your brain contains a veritable
pharmacopoeia of natural happiness-enhancing drugs: endorphins (the brain's painkiller, three
times stronger than morphine), serotonin (which naturally calms anxiety and relieves
depression), oxytocin (the bonding hormone), and dopamine (which promotes alertness and a
feeling of enjoyment), among others. They're just waiting to be released to every organ and
cell in your body. Because your brain's pharmacy is open 24 hours a day, you can create your
own supply of these happiness chemicals any time you want. And when your cells are happy,
you are happy.
I read a December 2004 study in the journal Science reporting that the quality of our sleep
has a greater influence on our ability to enjoy our day than household income or marital
One day an old woman walked up to a dusty building site where three strong, young men
were working hard laying bricks. She walked up to the first man and asked him what he was
doing. He replied rather rudely, "Can't you see? I'm laying bricks. This is what I do all day - I
just lay bricks." She then asked the second man what he was doing. He replied, "I'm a
bricklayer and I'm doing my work. I take pride in my craft, and I'm happy that what I do here
feeds my family." As she walked up to the third man, she could see that his eyes were full of
joy and his face was as bright as the day. When she posed the same question to him, he
replied with great enthusiasm, "Oh, I'm building the most beautiful cathedral in the whole