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Everyday Happiness

Strategies for Personal Change Series

Leadership and Workplace

Happiness Principles

Annual Planning Kits


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What Can You Control?

What Can I Control

Stress is Mostly Self-Created Happiness Principle** #7 says, Choose to Respond: What happens is going to happen, regardless. Accept constant, discontinuous change as reality and instead of reacting, respond with curiosity. Wow, when I created these principles, I had no idea how useful they’d be 17 years later during a pandemic! Let’s take a moment to go back to basics: what …

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

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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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Happiness Tips, In the workplace, Keynotes and Speaking, Leadership

A Few Resources I’ve Been Paying Attention To

SGN, or #SomeGoodNews. Comedian John Krasinski (with occasional appearances by his wife, actress Emily Blunt), has created a wonderfully POSITIVE news network to counter all the negativity in the world. Five episodes now available (as of 30 April). An antidote to traditional panic-hype-driven news. Awesome Things. Writer Neil Pasricha, author of You Are Awesome, and 1000 Awesome Things, has started a new list …

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

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

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

Act-Happy-Happy-Feet

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

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

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

Jim’s coaching clients say …

Jim, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your guidance, understanding, patience and smiles. I now have the excitement of watching the world around me and totally enjoying the sights and sounds. My responses amaze me. All of it revolves around me and within me. I approach life with the relaxation and joy you’ve given me. Thanks is such a small word. The strength you’ve given me is in the mental and physical exercises that you provided. Having them is my personal arsenal for happiness.… Read more
Deb Timko, Director of Project Quality, AG Interactive

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

You are such a good person and I want you to know that you are very appreciated. Everyone enjoyed the morning with you, and your message is always well received. Thanks so much for giving of your time and helping people learn the secrets of happiness.
Bonnie Dick, Career Counselor

Jim’s mentor coaching clients say …

Jim’s strengths – – previous business background complements your coaching very well – organized well (contracts, initial checklists, expectations of coachees) – experience as coach has given you ability to be insightful with coachees – good at pulling the ‘inner thoughts’ of coachee out to the surface – good with examples from previous coaching experiences – lets coachee make the agenda and follows it
Robert Barkett, Business and Leadership Coach, Ohio, USA

Jim’s clients on happiness …

Fabulous, simply fabulous.
Grace Goodman, Attorney

Jim’s clients say …

The Team Perspective: “I want to thank you again for your work. Our manager took your sessions very seriously and was able to effectively apply what she learned. The great thing about what you do is that it not only applies to work, but more importantly to life. And in watching her transform, and her willingness to share her learnings with us, we were able to both directly and indirectly benefit from your guidance. You should be proud of yourself, as your influence may be but a drop in a buck… Read more
DJ, technical staff member reflecting on the outcome of his manager’s coaching experience