Friday, November 27, 2015

"Happy Habits" by Vicki Morris

Happy Habits: Energize Your Career and Life in 4 Minutes a Day
by Vicki Morris

Author Vicki Morris stops by today to share a special guest post and an excerpt from her book Happy Habits. This book is ideal for anyone who needs a happiness boost - especially for professionals who want to be happier in their career and life. All it takes is 4 minutes a day using this proven tiny habits approach from Stanford University's BJ Fogg. The book includes 40 happy habits you can try immediately.

Learn to be happier in just 4 minutes a day.
Are you unhappy with your work? Disappointed with your life?
Have you been looking for something new like a new job, city or house to make you happier and still feel the same a few months after you get it?
If so, then maybe it’s time to try a new approach. Author and Career Happiness Coach, Vicki Morris, is here to show us that we have the power to be happy now – within ourselves in the present moment. All we have to do is change our mindset and a few daily habits.
The key to success is to build energy-raising habits into our day so that we can become happier – no matter what our situation is. Happy Habits provides a fast, easy and effective way to deliver the needed energy and happiness boosts in just 4 minutes a day. The Happy Habit Method™ works because it combines proven happiness practices with a scientific habit creation method, which has been tested in the real world.
Inside this book you will discover:
  • Why Happy Habits are the fastest and easiest way to be happier
  • 40 ways to energize your career and life
  • The proven science behind Happy Habits
  • How to create your own Happy Habits
  • An eight-week guide to building permanent Happy Habits
  • And Much More.
Imagine waking up each day excited about the possibilities instead of struggling to find the energy to get out of bed. Think about having a coworker ask you why you are smiling more. These can happen to you, if you adopt the Happy Habits in this book.
Life is too short to feel like every day you are just getting by. The sooner you get Happy Habits, the sooner you will be able to transform the quality of your career and life and start feeling happier.
Don’t put off your chance at being happier now. Get this book today.

Book Video


Want more? Read a longer excerpt here.

Praise for the Book
"Happy Habits is an incredible guide for anyone looking to make little daily changes and reap great lifetime rewards. The author has compiled a book that is well-researched and written. She details the ways in which we can transform our careers and lives by forming new habits, 'happy habits'. I am in my late twenties and have gone from industry to industry (hospitality, management, sales, marketing). I thought by changing my job or career path, I’d become a happier person. This book points out that that mindset doesn’t work. Instead of bouncing from job to job, I would have been better off focusing on myself and setting myself up to be happy and content in what I was doing. The power lies in making little changes to reward and regulate our behavior. As the author says, 'being happy isn’t selfish', we all owe it to ourselves to create the best environment for happiness and contentment. In addition to the overall benefit of reading the book, I found small details like the graphics and pictures with inspirational quotes to make the book a joy to read." ~ Donald Ducken

"The Happy Habits Method was just what I needed. Through an 8-week course, author Vicki Morris offers solutions and life changing tips to be a happier more successful individual. But not only does she offer advice about how to change your habits, but she also explains the science behind her happy habits methods. One of the greatest things about this read was how organized it was and how each step was so well explained. If you need a change in your life I highly recommend this one." ~ ReadingLindsey
"If you want to be happier in your career and life, this book is a MUST-READ! Vicki Morris has written a great book that shows you how adopting these simple habits can really make a change in your life. Not only that but I especially love how quick and easy it is to adopt these Happy Habits in just 4 minutes a day. Real change to a happier life is at your fingertips." ~ Sarah Elle
"I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants a simple, straightforward plan for being a happier person. I have always believed that we control our own happiness. Vicki Morris not only gives you practical ways to be a happier person, she backs it up with science. The list of energizers alone is worth the price of the book! Great read!" ~ Trina

Guest Post by the Author
The Inspiration behind Happy Habits:
Why I Wrote this Book
Recently I published my first full-length book, Happy Habits: Energize Your Career and Life in 4 Minutes a Day. For me, this has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience because I have been trying to find a way to be happier in my career and life for years. And now that I have found a new approach that combines proven energy-raising happiness techniques with a scientific habit-creation methodology I am excited to share it with everyone.
The External Search for a Happiness Solution
I have had my share of ups and downs, both in my career and in my life in general. But, I was constantly looking for happiness outside of myself. I thought I would be happier if I just got a better job, got a new home, moved to a new location, got a promotion so I could manage people and feel empowered. But, I soon realized that a few months after I got what I wanted, I still felt unhappy. What I learned is that looking for happiness in some external person, place or thing in the future is a recipe for a career and life of unhappiness. Unfortunately, I think many people life this way. Yet, I found that nothing can make you feel happier, if you don’t know how to cultivate happiness from within.
Reversing the Approach: Pursuing Inward Happiness
With my newfound knowledge that happiness could be pursued from the inside, I decided to change my ways. I looked for solutions that started with the individual. I did extensive research on happiness and
consulted many studies based on hard facts and research. Eventually, I discovered that the easiest way to improve your life is by changing your daily habits.
Our actions are largely shaped by our habits. Most of these habits are done without any level of consciousness associated with them – think about it: you brush your teeth, have breakfast, commute, and so forth, mostly without applying any mindset towards these actions. That’s natural. But we can actually take an inward approach to pursuing happiness by creating mindful habits that allow us to take ourselves out of the monotony – if only just for four minutes per day – to embrace a more positive, energy-raising approach to work and life that has widespread benefits that extend to the rest of the day.
The Responsibility to Share my Findings
I believe that we all have a purpose. When we achieve our greatest possible sense of happiness, we can tap into that purpose and become the best versions of ourselves. For me, the best, most inspiring and rewarding version of myself is achieved through career coaching. As someone who encourages others to find the career that suits them best and inspires them to share their talents with the world, I believe that it is my personal responsibility to share the Happy Habits system so everyone can pursue the same level of happiness that I have found and that I share with all of my clients to become happy, empowered, grateful, and at ease both at work and in life.
My ultimate goal for this book is to create an approach to happiness that focuses on the individual – because each person is different – and one that is accessible for everyone. That’s why Happy Habits is beneficial to all: it takes just four minutes a day, and it doesn’t require any resources that you don’t already have. My system has worked for me and for others, and I know that it can work for you, too.

About the Author
Vicki Morris is the Career Happiness Coach, founder of and creator of the InspiredWork™ Career Transformation System, blending twenty-five years of experience as a high tech hiring manager, inspirational business leader, brand strategist, career mentor, and spiritual practitioner. InspiredWork helps professionals raise their energy with Happy Habits and create their own inspired work and brand so they can be happy at work and love their life.
Prior to InspiredWork, Vicki was the founder and CEO of a global marketing agency. Before that, she was VP of Marketing at several Global 2000 and Inc. 500 software companies. Earlier in her career, she launched Java at Sun and was awarded the President’s Award. Vicki started her career at Oracle, while completing her MBA at the University of Chicago. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. During her career, Vicki published numerous articles and presented at conferences in more than 30 countries.