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Everyday Happiness

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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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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Happiness, Happiness Tips, Health, Practicing Happiness

Social Distance is not Social Disconnection


Doctors ask us to keep two meters apart to reduce transmission of COVID-19. But don’t let physical distance lead to emotional disconnection. We need each other more than ever right now. Whether you are passing people in a hallway, sitting a safe space away, or speaking via video or phone, Smile. When you smile on purpose, it will affect all …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Everyday Happiness, Happiness, Happiness Tips, Health

Hang Out With Happy People


I remember when my children were younger and we were trying to get past the childhood disease phase, we’d send the boys to hang out with friends who had chicken pox, hoping they’d get infected. Emotions are more contagious than viruses. I’m sure you’ve had the experience of having a roomful of people shift within moments after someone with a really …

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Curiosity Can Conquer Fear

Into the unknown

There’s a moment in the movie Frozen 2 when Queen Elsa, haunted by a mysterious voice, decides to shift from ignoring it (out of fear) to pursuing it (out of curiosity). The song, Into the Unknown (watch it here), follows her transition from “I won’t” to admitting, “there’s a part of me that wants to go, into the unknown.” We can …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Everyday Happiness, Mindfulness, Practicing Happiness, Relaxation

Where’s Happiness in VUCA Times?

Girl-with-open-arms outside

Pandemic and all, this is still annual Act Happy Week. Watch for five 60-second exercises, starting today. Because even if panic is the emotion of the day, you get to choose. 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.  This is …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Everyday Happiness, Happiness Tips, Health

Slow Down or You'll Miss It


  This month’s post was inspired by a blog from one of my favorite mentors in the consulting world, Alan Weiss. This short excerpt sets the stage and my thoughts follow: An asteroid three times the size of the Empire State Building shot by the Earth last week, “only” three million miles away and traveling 30,000 mph. In terms of …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Everyday Happiness, Happiness, In the workplace, Leadership, Mindfulness, Pleasure, Relaxation

Talking About Death and Happiness


Talking About Death and Happiness Death—and its relationship to life—has been pushing onto my agenda in the past month, so much so that when I sat down to write this month’s post, I found it impossible to not write about it. “But Jim, “you are possibly thinking, “isn’t this site about happiness and leadership?” Well, yes. And as you’ll see, …

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What Beer Taught Me About Mindfulness


Relaxation, Mindfulness, and Meditation Many of us suffer from FOMS (Fear Of Missing Something) so we approach life as series of manic, highly active episodes thinly sandwiched between inadequate layers of sleep. We continually pump our systems full of adrenalin and cortisol (and when those fail, more caffeine), and when those chemicals build to toxic levels we turn to pills …

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How Habit Change Works

In coaching my clients, I continually cycle through a simple, four-stage process: Awareness, Exploration, Design, and Practice x 3. 1. Awareness Awareness is the first and most important step toward adopting a new habit. If you engage in a habit that’s not serving you, you must first realize you are doing it! Remember that habit is something that you’ve done repeatedly …

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Jim’s coaching clients say …

The things I like best about coaching with Jim? His ability to listen, empathize, and really identify the root cause of a challenge I was experiencing. He was able to provide constructive criticism and offer encouragement from a neutral perspective. I also appreciated the fact that he understood the business and the culture at my company – that helped when he was providing guidance and suggestions.
Raenna Weaver, Manager

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

I want you to know you left a positive impact at the conference. Because of you, I feel energized to help pull our group from their rut and focus on the good in us and our folks. I want to try my weekly version of a shared gratitude e-journal for at least a quarter to see what impact it has. I am hoping the leaders begin similar things with their direct reports and that it can trickle down into the organization. That would make me smile so big!
Dedra Parsons, Human Resource Specialist

Jim’s mentor coaching clients say …

The value that you are adding to my learning is perhaps one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced as a student. Thank you for coaching me and allowing me to observe the forest! You brought my emotions and my body to coaching, which opened the door for a real transformation and to embody ontological coaching! In my development plan I went through each competency and realized that you left a fingerprint in a journey that I hope will lead me to mastery. Thanks for being my excellent mentor co…
Orit Ramler Szulik, North Carolina, USA

Jim’s clients on happiness …

The thing I like best about coaching with Jim is his ability to transfer an optimism, to create ‘mental space’ in the course of our sessions. I could pretty much count on leaving a call with a very positive, forward looking attitude regardless of my mood going in which basically transformed my entire day!
Chris Knight, CFO

Jim’s clients say …

You helped us get on the same page about a number of issues, and in this session an understanding actually occurred. Miracles never cease!
Gretchen Donahue, Solon Club Apartments