12th Apr, 2012 @ 21:45 | alyssa

Happy For No Reason.

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The other day, one of the Consuela team members shared her reading from A Daily Dose of Sanity by Alan Cohen.  In the daily vignette- Cohen, a Hawaii resident, spoke about calling himself the “Magnetic Man of Maui” in one of his keynotes.  Afterwards, a young girl came up to him and pressed a coin against his arm.  The coin fell to the ground and the little girl exclaimed with surprise and discontent, “I thought you said you were magnetic!”

He goes on to write in this story: “I laughed, but then I realized the child was serious.  She really thought I was magnetic.  With that came a striking realization: an innocent mind is open to all possibilities!” He goes on to comment that our problem is not that we know too little, sometimes our problem is that we think we know too much about why things will not or should not work.  Not to say that knowledge and understanding is a bad thing at all…but to be aware so that we don’t stifle our awareness of how good things can and do work. Imagine—if we can be more magnetic about our desire for good things—they might just stick!

Around the office, we like to Viva Consuela and dwell in possibility.  During lunch one day we began chatting about the question “what do you think it would take to make you happy?” The fulfilling career, a big bank account, or the perfect mate? What if it didn’t take anything to make you happy? What if you could experience happiness from the inside out—no matter what’s going on in your life?  One of the Consuela ladies shared her experience reading celebrated transformational leader and a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Marci Shimoff’s Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out. 

In her book, Marci Shimoff offers a breakthrough approach to being happy. Having things and circumstances – money, success, relationships, health – brings a certain kind of happiness, but this temporary experience of satisfaction or joy soon fades and we have to hurry up and fulfill the next desire to feel happy again. To experience true and lasting happiness, we can learn to access the deep state of peace and well-being that already exists within us—beyond the reach of external circumstances. Then, no matter what is happening in life, we can be happy for no reason.

While the book discusses the what and HOW of seven steps to being happy from the inside out, we’ll give you just a small sneak peek here:

Step six, one of our favorites – focuses on Living a Life Inspired by PurposeShimoff details three awesome happiness habits:

When we do what is empowering to us, we uplift others…and this is the basis for a celebration-based life.  What an exciting idea to choose a journey that gladdens your heart and leads you to cultivate happiness for yourself and others in the deepest possible ways.

There is so much more to share, but more than anything…we just wanted to communicate that we are all on this ride together. We don’t have any of this down pat, and we all have many days we don’t live this way…but we are on this journey trying to live a life of happiness.  Enjoy with us!