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Everyday Happiness

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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

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

Jim’s coaching clients say …

Jim is a coach in every sense of the word. He’s in my corner cheering me (and all of his clients) on as we work with him to learn and grow. He actively listens to every word said and picks up on views and beliefs I did not realize I had communicated. Jim offers practical, ready-to-immediately-put-into-practice advice for personal and professional growth. With the patience of a saint, he ceaselessly encourages his clients or ‘coachees’ to stretch and grow at a pace that is challenging and … Read more
Lisa B., Office/HR Manager for a large Financial Planning firm

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

I’ve never called you that you weren’t able to help in some way. You have a creative approach, a capacity for training in different ways, and for always knowing the latest things. I admire that you’re able to read a situation quickly, and add so much value for participants. You are up there with the best I’ve ever worked with.
Dan Toussant, HR Practice Leader, Rea & Associates

Jim’s mentor coaching clients say …

Whenever Jim coaches me as an individual, he also teaches me something about being a coach. Most recently he gave me a tool to use to inquire about something that was keeping me stuck. It was simple, and elegant, and moved me from a small and simple inquiry into an area of much more fertile ground for inquiry – basically opened up an entire universe of questions and issues and assessments that I hadn’t been aware of. If he coaches you, you’ll learn about yourself as a coach and yourself as a pe… Read more
Grace Goodman, Attorney at Law / Coach, California, USA

Jim’s clients on happiness …

I truly look forward to our chats. You have helped me more than anyone ever has and I know that you really care about my mental health and happiness.
Margaret Carlin, Executive Program Director

Jim’s clients say …

Jim Smith helped us evaluate and redesign our performance appraisal process as a part of our company’s move to a common review date. We had a very tight timeline but Jim embraced the challenge and was with us all the way! Not only did he help redesign the process, but the approach he used enabled us to quickly and efficiently collect input from our associates and management team members. Jim is a knowledgeable, high quality HR professional who will do whatever it takes. We look forward to work… Read more
Amy French, Director, HR and Associate Communications, OEConnection