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Everyday Happiness

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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?

Girl-with-open-arms outside

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


  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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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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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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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 …

Jim Smith was one of the best facilitators I have seen. He kept the group focused and on track and used excellent examples to help us understand.
Participant feedback from a Vision/Values Retreat

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 …

Working with The Executive Happiness Coach, Jim Smith, I have learned the power of happiness programs to help transform organizations and the people who work within them. Jim’s mastery of the subject and his expert facilitation create lasting changes in companies. Happy people work harder, get more done, miss fewer days and report that yes, they are happier at work! Rather than being a touchy-feely experiment, organizational happiness can be a profit center.
Rob Berkley, MCC, Executive Coach

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