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Why Some Are Happy And Some Are Miserable

Feb 23, 2008
Marci Shimoff, one of the most successful self-help book authors for women, is the author of "Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul", "Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul", "Happy for No Reason", and is a contributing author of the highly successful book, "The Secret".

Aside from her impressive writing career, Marci has been made famous by her appearances in other types of media. She has appeared on more than 500 shows for radio and television, she has been featured in more than 100 newspapers, and her articles have been featured in popular women's magazines including "Ladies' Home Journal" and "Woman's World".

So interested is Marci Shimoff in the development and motivation of others that she helped found the Transformational Leadership Council, on which she also serves as a board member. The council helps over 10 million people in the world of self-development.

Marci has known since the 1970's that she wanted to be a professional speaker. Back then, no one had ever heard of such a career. Who talks as a profession anyway? The doubts of others didn't stop Marci from pursuing her passion, though. Even her parents supported her and told her to do whatever would make her happy.

Happiness isn't found in success, as Marci would be quick to tell you. There are a lot of miserable people in the world who appear successful and perfect on the outside. Inside, they're longing for more in life. Money isn't the answer. Build success; build wealth, right? Build wealth; build happiness? Certainly not.

Fancy cars, jets, estate homes, and things like that are popular among rich people, but have you noticed how many of them are only happy when they use their money to help people rather than buy more "stuff"? Perhaps it's because the "stuff" can be lost, stolen, broken, or destroyed. Benefits to society are a way to get the "pay it forward" ball rolling, though.

"Happy for No Reason" is a book that was born out of the misery of others. One statistic shows that of the people on the "Forbes Wealthiest People in America" list, 40% are less happy than average Americans. Obviously money isn't the answer.

What about the old line, "I'll be happy when..."? When what? When I lose 10 pounds? When I get a better job? "I'll be happy when..." isn't the answer to happiness. Happiness comes from within, so people who are looking around them for something to make them happy will never really be happy. Only those who are content with the here and now will be happy.
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