Friday, December 18, 2015

Author Interview by Vicki Morris


Why did you write this book?

I wrote this book because I feel that it is my calling to help people become happier and create their inspired work. Life is far too short to be unhappy, especially when there’s a simple and quick solution to raising your happiness in just four minutes per day. I went through periods of unhappiness, but in time, I came to the realization that I could be happy if I chose to adopt habits that would raise my energy. As a Career Happiness Coach at, I now help others be happier in their work and life, too.

What is the main takeaway that you want people to know by reading your book?

Anyone can become happier by taking just four minutes each day to adopt energy-raising habits.

Why are so many people unhappy, or just getting by, these days?

Almost half of our daily activities (40%, according to author Charles Duhigg) are made up of habits – in other words, we’re going about a great portion of our day on autopilot. Most of us don’t realize that we can inject happiness into those habits to awaken our consciousness and elevate our energy for a more positive, connected experience to the world every single day.

What is your advice to professionals who are out-of-work or looking for a job?

Be gentle with yourself during this time, and approach each new day of the job search with an open mind. When you alter your habits to pursue the greatest version of yourself, it will resonate with others. The right opportunity will come, and if you focus on cultivating positivity inwardly first, you’ll be able to extend peace, gratitude, and happiness outwardly to make stronger connections with important people, such as potential employers.

What are “Happy Habits?”

Habits are actions that we complete every day, and in many cases, they are ultimately done subconsciously. Happy Habits are different from regular habits because they are approached consciously and are used to raise our energy levels and help individuals to achieve their greatest sense of happiness in both the career realm and life overall. The Happy Habits system follows a specific, proven approach so that you spend no more than four minutes per day in total on cultivating happiness. Although it’s only four minutes per day, the payoffs are far-reaching and tremendously rewarding.

How is it possible to be happier in just 4 minutes a day?

The Happy Habits system strategically progresses over a period of eight weeks. During each week, individuals choose the three habits that they will focus on for one minute per day, in addition to taking one minute each day to log their successes. As the weeks progress, the habits sink in and become concrete aspects of daily life. The eight-week period is proven to be the most optimal timeframe for establishing new habits, and although Happy Habits are a commitment, they are not time-consuming or restrictive. Everyone can squeeze four additional minutes into their day, especially when the payoff is a higher level of consciousness and a powerful, deep-rooted sense of happiness.

How long does it really take to create a permanent habit?

While every person is different, research has shown that it takes a period of 66 days for a habit to truly develop permanently (based on findings by habit expert James Clear). I don’t think that a habit can have any long-lasting effects when practiced for any timeframe lasting fewer than 40 days. Eight weeks is the optimal timeframe because each week in the Happy Habits system (with the exception of Week 1), we carry over a Happy Habit from the previous week to allow it to sink in, but we also give ourselves enough time to incorporate additional habits every week so that we take a well-rounded approach to nurturing our happiness practice. By the time eight weeks is through, these Happy Habits become ingrained in our daily practices and we are able to reap longstanding beneficial effects.

Why is it better to adopt a positive, Happy Habit, than it is to try to eliminate an unhealthy habit?

When you focus your energy consciously on Happy Habits, you can actually use these new, more beneficial behaviors to trump unhealthy ones. Think of it this way: if you’re thirsty and you make it a Happy Habit to drink water, you’re intrinsically avoiding other, unhealthy beverages like sodas. So I practice the belief that it’s more advantageous to provide your body and mind with beneficial habits rather than working to eradicate deeply ingrained habits that are less healthy. Happiness should be about enrichment, not deprivation. The goodness of the Happy Habits will inherently overcome unhealthy habits in the long run.

There are lots of books written about how to be happier. What’s different about Happy Habits: Energize Your Career and Life in 4 Minutes a Day?

There are many wonderful happiness books out there, and I have had some truly rewarding experiences reading some of them. However, I think that there are some happiness books that tend to make the process of cultivating happiness unnecessarily drawn-out. In Happy Habits, I’m not encouraging readers to do a deep and thorough examination of why they’re unhappy. We all know that the burdens and stressors of everyday life are enough to bog anyone down from time to time. Instead, I’m providing a simple and effective solution to raising energy levels in just a few minutes per day. Also, some happiness books encourage people to make significant external changes to their lives. I believe that we already have all of the resources we need to create our own happiness – it’s just a matter of refining those resources and taking an inward approach. 

What’s the most important thing you learned as a Career Happiness Coach that you can share with our

In order to attract a better job or to find happiness and meaning in your work, you must first cultivate happiness inside yourself and raise your energy. Everyone is capable of doing this, and therefore everyone is capable of finding a career that is truly a perfect fit for them.


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 to 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, Vicki launched Java at Sun and she 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.


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