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Everyday Happiness

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Act Happy Week, Day 3: For What Are You Thankful Today?

Ten Gratitude Activities Here are practices used by me and others (or me) that I know work to strengthen your gratitude muscles, which are a pre-requisite to Happiness. Some are simple, some complex; some are high-tech, low-tech, visual, verbal, or physical. There is no ‘perfect’ practice, so create one that works for you. For more context and other ideas to …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Everyday Happiness, Health, Mentor Coaching, Practicing Happiness, Relationships

ACT HAPPY WEEK 2021

ACT HAPPY WEEK, DAY 1: WHERE ARE YOU NOW? I’m always excited about the third week of March. Act Happy Week has been a thing since 2004, embracing International Day of Happiness on March 20. We SOOO need Act Happy Week this year, so I hope you’ll join me. Every day this week I will offer you a new tool or make a new offer to …

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

Lessons Learned From A Pandemic – Part Two

This post continues the sharing of lessons learned from a dumpster fire of a year… that despite obstacles and tragedy, still offered learning and opportunity. On Your Inner Life You can live well AND slower. Many of you reconnected with Patience, Silence, Stillness, and Sleep. “I can slow down and still get everything done. I don’t have to rush everywhere, all …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Communication, Everyday Happiness, Happiness, Happiness Tips, Health, Mindfulness, Pleasure, Relationships

GOOD APPLES, BAD APPLES

I. Good Apples and Bad Apples I wrote this article the day before the 2021 US Presidential inauguration, a day that historians may point to as the first non-peaceful transition of power in United States history. I find that vaguely unsettling. I came into 2021 cruising on Optimism, as I always do at the start of a year. I felt …

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DUST MOTES OF WISDOM

During my search for past writings on Optimism, I came across this article from 2012, LONG before pandemics and 2020’s turmoil – and I was struck by how much of the wisdom from a “normal” year still applies, but feels different, in a pandemic year. With minor tweaks, I share this from the archives. My ambition for this newsletter was …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Everyday Happiness, Happiness, Happiness Tips, Health, Meaning, Mindfulness, Pleasure, Practicing Happiness

Special Request from Jim – What did you learn in 2020?

What did you learn this year?  In a normal year it is a common practice to look back to reflect on accomplishments before looking forward to plan for the next. Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings and endings, represents this duality. As this Dumpster Fire of a year blessedly draws to an end, I’m looking forward to 2021 and …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Happiness Testimonials, Health, Leadership, Meaning, Mindfulness, Trust and Coaching

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

Jim’s coaching clients say …

I am continually learning from you!
Donna G., HR Manager for a logistics firm

Jim’s keynote/speaking 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

Jim’s mentor coaching clients say …

Your feedback has been truly helpful and reaffirming. I have flailed around this issue all of my life and no matter the drilling down, analysis or the other strands of fixing possibilities, I have never until today had it articulated or been able to articulate it myself so clearly. So my happy coach, thank you thank you. You have really helped me learn for which I am profoundly grateful, so take a small share of that awe and celebrate with me. I want to thank you for your wonderful support, coun… Read more
Lisa Spiro, Leadership Coach, Hong Kong and London

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 …

Coaching with Jim is well worth the investment of time and dollars. I learned more about leadership and real world experience through this sometimes gentle, sometimes tough coaching experience.
Suzanne Nixon, Senior VP of Development