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Everyday Happiness

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Attitude is Everything!

Digging through some old training material, I came across a fun little exercise that I’ve not used in years.  It still makes me smile. ATTITUDE BY THE NUMBERS: Using the english alphabet, assign a numerical value to each letter, starting with A=1 and Z=26 Example: Using this formula, the word CAT = 3+1+20=24 Got it?  Let’s try a few others. …

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Read more articles like this one in: Practicing Happiness

Short is sweet

I just finished up a two-hour class on using web tools to build relationships, build my brand, and support my business. My head is spinning. BlogTalkRadio.  Twitter.  Twellow. Podcasts thru iTunes. Trendwatching. Blogging.  Audio files — MP3 or CD? Video on the blog.  “The static website is dead (or wil be within two years). ” My brain hurts, …

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Read more articles like this one in: Communication, Relationships

Happiness and the Stock Market

There’s been very little happiness in the financial world.  In order to keep from slipping into the black hole of depression about our financial situation, I’ve withdrawn a bit.  Do I really need to know what is happening in the market on an hour to hour basis?  No.  Day to day?  Hmm.  One day it’s down 700 points (sadness) and …

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Read more articles like this one in: Happiness, Practicing Happiness

Happiness and Healthcare

My dear father-in-law is currently in surgery — open heart surgery to repair his dissected (torn) aorta.  And we are sitting in the hospital totally happy! Lester M. Dunning (initials LMD, aka Lucky Mr Dunning) has been healthy for 80 years, until eight weeks ago when he *thought* he hurt his back making a difficult shot on the golf course …

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Read more articles like this one in: Relationships

Beauty in the air

Two ends of a flight.  Picture this. 1. Flying out of Miami International airport on a bright, sunny day, flying north, in a small plane: To the left, smooth lines — the white strip of beach, parallel lines of orange and sand colored art deco buildings, fringed in green, green, green.  Beyond: the muddy green-brown of the Everglades, stretching out …

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Read more articles like this one in: Pleasure

Happiness on the road

I’m on a road trip, and have a schedule that initially caused me some concern — where will I have time to take care of myself?  Tight flight schedules, early morning conference starts, group meals, and the extra time required to navigate an unfamiliar city often conspire to reduce or eliminate self-care time. Still, I want to honor my values …

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

No man is an island…

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main….”
I recently came across this short poem by John Donne, which I memorized in junior high school and am still able to recite (mostly) today. It’s always meant a great deal to me, to know that I am, always, a part of something much bigger than I.
Although the passage speaks of death, my ‘read’ of it is much more about how we all connect. We are emotional creatures, all linked to one another in deeper ways than most of us admit or realize….

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Read more articles like this one in: Meaning, Relationships

How Dare You Put Yourself First?!

It’s the end of a coaching conversation, and my client confesses, “I notice this whole conversation has been about me. Usually I’m working on everybody else and what they need. I like it… but I’m really uncomfortable.” She’s in her mid-40’s and in all that time it’s never been about her. What she hears in her head is, “How dare …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness

Tiny Tips to increase Happiness

I was delivering a talk on Happiness.  When I asked people to consider, “what gets in the way of your happiness?” one man said, “Time.  I am so stressed and have so much to do, I don’t have time to do any of the stuff that makes me happy.” OK, so let’s establish something: Happiness is not something you do, …

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Read more articles like this one in: Happiness, In the workplace

You can choose your attitude

I found this story on the web, and just had to share! “There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.  ”Well,”  she said, ” I think I’ll braid my hair today.”  So she did, and she had a wonderful day. The next day she …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness