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Everyday Happiness

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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

Slow Down or You'll Miss It

Slow-down-or-you-will-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

Jim’s coaching clients say …

I’ve received great value from working with you. On a conceptual level, you have helped me articulate where I need to focus to move toward my goals. On a tactical level, you have helped me develop actionable plans to actually make the changes to improve my performance. In addition, you’ve helped me see things differently and see my blind spots. Unexpectedly, I think you helped me discover things about myself I didn’t know – I guess I didn’t expect the arc of the value you have helped me to reali…
J.W., senior partner in a Big Five consulting firm

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

Great presentation and more importantly excellent takeaways. Your points about being a boiled frog and flying in and landing in the middle of your life now were funny, but so true. I adopted a ‘no drama’ credo some years back and will now add ‘tolerate nothing’ to better round that out. I brought FISH! to my firm last year at our annual retreat and a lot of what you shared actually expands on the points of make their day, choose your attitude, play and be present so much more.
Barbara McDowell, HR Rep, Public Accounting

Jim’s mentor coaching clients say …

I have been experiencing super empowering sessions with you (hurray!). I wish my teachers were as great and positive as you are, in giving constructive/appreciative feedback the way you just did it.”
Ilana Acchoti, United Kingdom

Jim’s clients on happiness …

Working with The Executive Happiness Coach, Jim Smith, I have learned the power of happiness programs to help transform organizations and the people who work within them. Jim’s mastery of the subject and his expert facilitation create lasting changes in companies. Happy people work harder, get more done, miss fewer days and report that yes, they are happier at work! Rather than being a touchy-feely experiment, organizational happiness can be a profit center.
Rob Berkley, MCC, Executive Coach

Jim’s clients say …

Jim wants to really understand his clients. Within 2-3 visits, my conversations with Jim felt as though I was talking with an old friend. Jim also wants to challenge his clients to dig deeper. This approach worked well with me as a motivating factor.
Ryan Evans, IT Manager, Banking