Act Happy Week, Day 2: Practice Gratitude

The focus of Act Happy Week is to educate the public about purposeful actions you can take to create chemical shifts in your body that drive Positive Emotions. Here is today’s exercise: Day 2: Practice Gratitude To build strength in your Positive Emotion “muscles” you must exercise them regularly. Just as you must run to become a better runner, you …

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Why Is It So Important To Start With Gratitude?

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? We’ve puzzled this question for hundreds of years, and many are still divided on the best answer. But when speaking of the Positive Emotions family, Happiness vs. Gratitude, there is no debate about which comes first: Gratitude. Gratitude To build a House of Happiness, you must first lay a foundation of Gratitude. …

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Happiness Comes From Love and Gratitude

Every day, people buy too much stuff, eat too much food, and waste away their hours chasing after happiness…to no avail. They may find excitement or satiation, but TRUE HAPPINESS still eludes them. Fortunately, happiness is really inexpensive and pretty simple to find, but that doesn’t mean that it comes easily.  If you’re bold, and truly willing to commit to …

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Ten Practices for Gratitude

Gratitude (grat-i-tood), noun: the quality of being warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankfulness. Gratitude is the most powerful of all the positive emotions, forming a solid foundation for experiencing more happiness, optimism, hope, and joy. Practiced regularly, gratitude shapes your worldview toward noticing abundance versus scarcity, since it focuses on what you Have versus what you Lack. When you …

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Gratitude Reprised

As the American Thanksgiving holiday approaches, our thoughts turn to Giving Thanks and the emotion of Gratitude.  This emotion is so foundational to the experience of all the Positive Emotions that I believe it is impossible to oversell its importance or speak of it too often. Gratitude is defined as, the quality of being warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness …

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Gratitude: You already know how to do this!

As you do your final preparation for Thanksgiving, remember that this is, in the end, a holiday about giving thanks and offering gratitude. Some people find it awkward to express their gratitude.  That discomfort comes from living in a world that has programmed us into thinking it’s all about me, me, me and stuff, stuff, stuff.I came across this quote …

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A Few Resources For You – MAY 2020

Many thanks essential workers

Five Prescriptions for Happiness: Short notice, but if you’re up for a lunchtime (well, Cleveland lunch time) Happiness shot-in-the arm, I’m speaking in the Cleveland Society for HR Management series next Tuesday 26 May at 12 US ET, sharing some practical tips for nurturing resilience in Turbulent Times. Register here Happiness Practices: If you can’t make that program, here’s a three-minute …

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What To Pack For A Pandemic?

what pack for a pandemic

The experience of COVID19 Lockdown is as varied as the people who’ve had to live through it – which means there are several billion stories. Yet we are forming a global memory of a universal challenge. One dimension of that shared experience is, in my observation, a deeper appreciation for the broad range of human emotions that come from the …

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To What Are You Giving Your Attention?

Act Happy Week Spring Flowers

It’s been a wet winter here, so our yard is a reeking mud marsh dotted with swampy pools deep enough that we’ve attracted nomadic geese. We are in COVID-19 lockdown (Day 7). Our internet is spotty and overloaded, and my nine-year-old iMac chose today to fully embrace dementia. Our sump pump is blocked. A skunk has built a nest beneath …

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