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DO I BELONG HERE? REFLECTIONS ON MY WHITENESS

Lily Tomlin saying: I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.

DISCLAIMER: This post moves into territory I have never before addressed publicly. I recognize that for some this topic may push into what they experience as polarizing space. I offer this essay as MY reflection on MY experience in the world right now, and I make no judgment whatsoever about you and your position in the world. I invite you only …

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

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

Jim’s coaching clients say …

The things I like best about coaching with Jim? Your compassion and the ability to immediately “read back” what I was trying to communicate; you have a knack for identifying underlying issues. Patience is another. A third is the ability to be nonjudgmental.
Cathleen Wheeler, Department Manager

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

You left us with lots of great ideas that have made a positive difference for us.
Debbie Groff-Woodworth, Employee Services Manager, United Consumer Financial Services

Jim’s mentor coaching clients say …

You make others better for who you are. And you do so by example and ontology.
Bill Carrier, Carrier Coaching, Virginia, USA

Jim’s clients on happiness …

I really feel I’m in a better place than when we started this process. My head and my emotions are more grounded, and I feel I’m on top of the situation.
A.C., Division HR Director for a Fortune 500 services firm

Jim’s clients say …

Bringing happiness skills to every conversation is a huge strength, and beyond this Jim has a certainly stability and focus that allowed me to relax, and hence, I didn’t need to take my challenges so seriously. Jim’s approach made my apparent problems seem smaller, more workable, less intractable. I think Jim also has what I’d call the ability to teach resilience just in the way he interacted with me.
Karyn Young, Life Coach, Arizona, US