How HAPPY are you?

I have been reading Marci Shimoff’s newest book: Happy for No Reason and I cannot recommend it highly enough- even if you’re already happy. I heard about this book and thought I’d skip it because I’m pretty happy and didn’t think I needed to read a book about being happy. I was so wrong. I have learned so much reading this book, it has inspired me, reminded me of many things that are good to be reminded of, and I’m becoming happier by the week. I’m reading the book in 50 days with 50 other people and we’re going to see how happy we can become.

How happy are you, really? Care to find out? Try this.

The Happy for No Reason Questionnaire


Rate each statement on a scale of 1 to 5:
1 = Not at all true 2 = Slightly True 3 = Moderately True 4 = Mostly True 5 = Absolutely True
1. I often feel happy and satisfied for no particular reason.
1 2 3 4 5
2. I live in the moment.
1 2 3 4 5
3. I feel alive, vital and energetic.
1 2 3 4 5
4. I experience a deep sense of inner peace and well-being.
1 2 3 4 5
5. Life is a great adventure for me.
1 2 3 4 5
6. I don’t let bad situations keep me down.
1 2 3 4 5
7. I am enthusiastic about the things I do.
1 2 3 4 5
8. Most days I have an experience of laughter or joy.
1 2 3 4 5
9. I trust this is a friendly universe.
1 2 3 4 5
10. I look for the gift or the lesson in everything that happens.
1 2 3 4 5
11. I am able to let go and forgive.
1 2 3 4 5
12. I feel love for myself.
1 2 3 4 5
13. I look for the good in every person.
1 2 3 4 5
14. I change the things I can and accept the things I can’t change.
1 2 3 4 5
15. I surround myself with people who support me.
1 2 3 4 5
16. I don’t blame others or complain.
1 2 3 4 5
17. My negative thoughts don’t overshadow me.
1 2 3 4 5
18. I feel a general sense of gratitude.
1 2 3 4 5
19. I feel connected to something bigger than myself.
1 2 3 4 5
20. I feel inspired by a sense of purpose in my life.
1 2 3 4 5
Scoring section:
If your score is 80 – 100: To a great degree, you are Happy for No Reason.
If your score is 60 – 79: You have a good measure of being Happy for No Reason.
If your score is 40 – 59: You have glimpses of being Happy for No Reason.
If your score is under 40: You have little experience of being Happy for No Reason.
Whatever your score, you can always move toward being more Happy for No Reason. The book is full of simple quick things to move you in this direction.  Decide to do one or two exercises each week; it’ll feel less daunting.   After you buy the book, there are online resources you can use on the book’s website.

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