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Everyday Happiness

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Social Distance is not Social Disconnection

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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

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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?

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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

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  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

Talking About Death and Happiness

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Talking About Death and Happiness Death—and its relationship to life—has been pushing onto my agenda in the past month, so much so that when I sat down to write this month’s post, I found it impossible to not write about it. “But Jim, “you are possibly thinking, “isn’t this site about happiness and leadership?” Well, yes. And as you’ll see, …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Happiness, Happiness Tips, In the workplace, Leadership, Mindfulness, Practicing Happiness

What Beer Taught Me About Mindfulness

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Relaxation, Mindfulness, and Meditation Many of us suffer from FOMS (Fear Of Missing Something) so we approach life as series of manic, highly active episodes thinly sandwiched between inadequate layers of sleep. We continually pump our systems full of adrenalin and cortisol (and when those fail, more caffeine), and when those chemicals build to toxic levels we turn to pills …

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

How Habit Change Works

In coaching my clients, I continually cycle through a simple, four-stage process: Awareness, Exploration, Design, and Practice x 3. 1. Awareness Awareness is the first and most important step toward adopting a new habit. If you engage in a habit that’s not serving you, you must first realize you are doing it! Remember that habit is something that you’ve done repeatedly …

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HOW AWARE OF YOU, ARE YOU?

Imagine you have decided to travel. You call your travel agent or visit online and share, “I am going to Paris!”   “Great!” they respond, then ask. “From where are you departing?” And you say, “I don’t know.”   What will that agent tell you?  “Sorry, I can’t get you TO somewhere unless we know a FROM.  Don’t you know …

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Read more articles like this one in: Executive Coaching, Happiness, Leadership

Jim’s coaching clients say …

Thank you for the coaching that you have provided. It has been a pleasure working with you! Your coaching showed me that there was always something I could do to solve my challenge.
Jeanne Walter, Department Manager

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

Working with you is a true joy – your positive outlook and spirit is contagious. No challenge is too great – your toolkit always seems to have the right and perfect solution to our needs – whatever those needs are.
Mar Dulik, Vice President, Director of Employee Experience

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 …

I love you! You are awesome because you practice and believe what you teach! You’re someone I admire very much – it’s because of you that I am where I am today!
John C., HR Director for a services firm

Jim’s clients say …

Thank you for the coaching that you have provided. It has been a pleasure working with you! Your coaching showed me that there was always something I could do to solve my challenge.
Jeanne Walter, Department Manager