Marci Shimoff is the woman’s face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles in the series, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time. Her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success are summed up in her bestseller Happy for No Reason. She is a delight to be in the presence of, a constant shot of positive energy. One of the most generous hearted people I’ve ever met. I am privileged to call her a friend.
“Success is not the basis of happiness but happiness is the basis of success.”
Significant Quotes of so many that I have selected to share with you.
We’re all going out chasing after happiness. I think the reason these days that people are so interested in the topic of happiness is that we have an epidemic of unhappiness in our society. Twenty-five percent of people claim they’re depressed. And we are not doomed to depression. We have more than we’ve ever had, and yet something is still missing. I hear that all the time from people, that something is missing.
Everything that we create on the outside is truly just a mirror of what’s going on inside of us. There’s a story of a faraway village where there’s a House of a Thousand Mirrors, and one day a happy dog went to visit this House of a Thousand Mirrors, and he went bounding up the stairs and looked inside the house, and he was greeted by the faces of a thousand dogs with big grins and wagging tails. And the dog said, “Oh, this is a wonderful place! I love it here!” And as he leaves, he thinks to himself, I must come back and visit here more often. That same afternoon, a very sad, grumpy dog goes limping up to the House of a Thousand Mirrors and looks in and growls, and he sees back growling at him a thousand angry, mean dogs, and he says, ‘This is a horrible place! I must never come back here and visit!’
There’s a great story that’s told about a Cherokee elder who was talking to his grandson and is telling his grandson that the human condition is like we each have a battle inside of ourselves, and the battle is between two wolves. One wolf is the wolf of unhappiness. It’s the wolf of fear and anger, and jealousy, and frustration. And the other wolf is the wolf of love. It’s the wolf of gratitude, of appreciation, of kindness, of generosity, of forgiveness, of compassion. And the grandson says, ‘Well, which wolf will win?’ And the grandfather says, ‘Whichever one you feed’.
I think the quest for wealth that we’re in search of is the quest for truth, love, and abundance in all areas of our lives that starts with this feeling of fulfillment from within. People who have created the amazing shifts in global transformation, the Gandhis, the Martin Luther Kings of the world, have done so not by focusing on all of the negative of what’s currently going on, but by focusing on the possibilities for the future and envisioning how we could have a much better future, and that’s where it really begins.
And what I’ve found is that people who are the happiest are those who have just learned to make a habit of giving more of their attention and energy to love. That’s what it’s all about. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to really win this battle between fear and love. And I don’t think the way is through denying the negatives, but it’s through opening up and embracing those, all that shows up. And then what we find is then the fear and the anger dissolve into the energy of love because there is no more powerful energy on the planet than the energy of love.