Marci Shimoff quotes page 1
Author of the New York Times bestselling book: Happy for No Reason
Happiness isn't about having everything you've ever dreamed of, nor is it simply
the need for material pleasures in life. It goes deeper than that. What we're all really looking
for is happiness from within that doesn't depend on external circumstances - the kind I call
Happy for No Reason.
Happy people are 35 percent less likely to get a cold and produce 50 percent more antibodies
in response to flu vaccines than the average person.
When you're Happy for No Reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than
trying to extract happiness from them. You don't need to manipulate the world around you to
try to make yourself happy. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness.
When you forgive, you heal your own anger and hurt and are able to let love lead again. It's
like spring cleaning for your heart.
Research shows how vital happiness is: happy people live longer, are healthier, and have
better relationships. In fact, happiness leads to more success in every area of your life.
A recent survey showed that at all income levels people think more money would definitely
increase their level of happiness. I heard a reporter once asked Andrew Carnegie, the famous
industrialist who'd amassed a fortune in steel, "You're the richest man in the world. How much
is enough?" He thought for a moment and replied, "Just a little more."
For one week, put $2 in a basket each time you blame, shame or complain. Keep track of how
much money you collect each day, and see if you make progress during the week. Use the
money for a family outing or make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Happiness is not what makes us grateful; it is gratefulness that makes us happy.
The guiding three principles to live by:
1. What expands you makes you happier. (The Law of Expansion)
2. The universe is out to support you. (The Law of Universal Support)
3. What you appreciate, appreciates. (The Law of Attraction)
All suffering comes from believing our thoughts.
Once you begin to understand and truly master your thoughts and feelings, that's when you
see how you create your own reality. That's where your freedom is, that's where all your
power is. That's when you see how you can become a deliberate creator of your life. And
when you are a deliberate creator of your life, and you use this law of attraction, you will
have a life that is beyond what you can possibly imagine right now.
You don't try to get love from life, you bring love to life.
I once heard a revered sage speak. He took a question from a man dressed in a $3,000 suit,
wearing classy shoes and dripping with gold jewelry. The man asked, "What do I need to give
up to experience true happiness and inner peace?" The sage replied, " There's good news and
there's bad news. The good news is that you don't have to give up any of your stuff. Poverty
isn't the way to happiness. The bad news is that you have to do something that may be
even harder for you. You have to give up the way you think."
Forgiveness isn't about the person or people being forgiven - it's a gift you give yourself that
allows your heart to stop being contracted. When you forgive, you release the toxic
resentment and anger you're holding in your heart, finally freeing yourself to get on with your
To keep the thousands of negative thoughts we have each day from dragging us down, we
don't have to try to get rid of each one of them. There's a simpler way. The secret is in
accepting an astonishing fact: Your thoughts aren't always true.
If you're feeling good, then you're creating a future that's on track with what you're desiring.
If you're feeling bad, you're creating a future that's off track with your desires. As you go
about your day, the law of attraction is working in every second. Everything we think,
everything we're feeling, is creating our future. If you're worried, if you're in fear, then that's
bringing more of that into your life throughout the day.
The happiest people contribute to something greater than themselves in life.
Our "desire to acquire" won't bring us true joy. So why is it so hard to escape wanting more?
Because Madison Avenue doesn't want us to. Advertising exists to perpetuate the Myth of
More; it's the engine that drives our economy.
Half of the reason you walk around generally cheery or perennially dreary is that you were
born that way, the other half is determined by your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs formed in
response to your life experiences.
Do you know how hard it is to get health experts to agree on anything? Yet everyone I
interviewed agreed that the biggest happiness destroyer in our diets is white sugar. It's
powerfully addictive and wreaks havoc with your brain, causing depression, anxiety, and that
sluggish, low-energy state you recognize when your forehead hits the desk at 3 p.m. The
synthetic sugar substitutes are unfortunately no better; numerous reports point to potentially
negative side effects.
Love is the opposite of the body's stress response. When we're in fight or flight, we produce
stress chemicals which, over time, weaken the body. When we produce love chemicals - like
oxytocin, endorphins, and serotonin - these strengthen the whole system.
One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between the two 'wolves' that live inside us all. One is
unhappiness. It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-pity, resentment, and inferiority.
The other is happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth, and
compassion." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
"Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
Our minds - made up of our thoughts, beliefs, and self-talk - are always "on." According to
scientists, we have about 60,000 thoughts a day. That's one thught per second during every
waking hour. No wonder we're so tired at the end of the day!
Have you heard that old saying: Worrying is like a rocking chair; it takes a lot of energy and
doesn't get you anywhere. The same goes for complaining.