The Public Speaker interviews happiness expert Marci Shimoff to learn how to be happy for no reason. It turns out that being happy is important. Happier people live longer, they have better immunity to cold and flu viruses, and they're 50% less likely to have a heart attack. Learn the secrets of happiness in this exclusive video interview.
This week I've spent quite a bit of time thinking about happiness. It's probably because I interviewed Marci Shimoff, the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Women's Soul series, and author of Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason (her books have sold over 15 million copies).
Just two days after the interview, I found out that my best friend's husband was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. When faced with this sort of diagnosis it's only natural to think about what makes us the most happy.
For me, I know it's not my professional achievements that make me most happy. I am my absolute happiest when spending quality time with family and friends. I'm happy when I make good decisions about my body (diet, exercise, sleep). I'm happy when I practice good mental hygiene - that is, when I get out of overload mode ("I've got so much stuff to do - I'll never get out from underneath all this work!") and into "This is an intense work week, but I'm going to focus and get through it." I'm happy when I am focusing on others and being grateful for what I have in my life. I'm happy when someone writes me and tells me that my work has somehow helped them.
The bottom line for me is this: I feel the most happy when I am egaging in life. I feel the most happy when I am feeling connected to like-minded others. I feel the most happy when I live with a sense of purpose and when I achieve both my personal and professional goals. Together, all of these things contribute to my happiness.
It turns out that being happy is important. Happier people live longer, they have a better immunity to cold and influenza virues, and are 50% less likely to have a heart attack. So I wanted to learn about happiness habits, particularly the unexpected ones! Check out the video above to see what I learned from Marci.
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