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Everyday Happiness

Strategies for Personal Change Series

Leadership and Workplace

Happiness Principles

Annual Planning Kits

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Slow Down or You'll 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

Talking About Death and Happiness


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


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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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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Read more articles like this one in: Executive Coaching


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


~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ I. What Is Happiness To You? I recently began work with a coaching client based in Taipei, Taiwan.  We are literally halfway around the world from each other geographically, yet both interested in the same topics.  As we began our work together, he shared that he was excited to work with a Happiness “expert,” and sent me a many …

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


~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ I. Do You Ever Say “That’s Just Who I Am.”? I recently attended a small, multi-day conference that provided us—speakers, participants, and organizers— the opportunity to form a community beyond just the scheduled sessions. Our conversations over meals and breaks ranged across diverse topics, from applying our conference learning to work to travel adventures, raising kids, and sharing recipes. …

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387 words of content, but it’s mostly about the pictures. Approximate reading time: 1.5 minutes, and a 9-minute video for later, in which you’ll learn how to change a habit and build a confident body. And isn’t your Happiness worth it? This newsletter speaks to Leadership, Happiness, and Coaching in your life and work. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ I. SOMETHING DIFFERENT Grow Your …

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~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ STOCKING STUFFERS Like the little gifts stuffed into Christmas stockings or given to children for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, this month offers a wide assortment of challenges and sweets   ANNUAL RE-RECRUITMENT Special year-end reminder to leaders and managers: don’t forget that employee engagement is driven by conversation that helps people feel connected to their work and to the organization. …

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Jim’s coaching clients say …

You embody the true essence of an Ideator – you supplied the right amount of balance between offering ideas for me to react and allowing me space to generate and refine my own. You generated ideas, but you weren’t attached to them – that gave me the freedom to create what felt right in real time.
Michelle James, President, The Center for Creative Emergence

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 …

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 …

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 …

What’s the financial figure I’d put on what I got from my coaching? Priceless. I needed someone to assist me in changing, and someone to cheer me forward instead of those that just accept me as I was (which doesn’t help me grow). You are willing to listen instead of just hearing. And you always have a positive attitude, no matter what!
Lydia B., manager in a non-profit agency