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Everyday Happiness

Strategies for Personal Change Series

Leadership and Workplace

Happiness Principles

Annual Planning Kits

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Happy Thanksgiving – Inventory Your Wealth

Happy Thanksgiving! As The Executive Happiness Coach® I especially love any holiday that carries a greeting of HAPPY in front of it. You know, many people say that Happiness is the “ultimate currency.” So when we wish each other a “Happy Anything” we are, in a way, wishing for them a life that is wealthy on many levels. In this …

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

Happiness is a Warm Hat

We drove to South Bend to see Syracuse play Notre Dame this weekend.  While there we met up with our daughter and son-in-law, and his parents and his sister and her new husband.  Fun time! It was cold.  We did a little tailgating, but no one really wanted to spend a lot of time out in a tundra-like parking lot.  …

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Read more articles like this one in: Relationships

Happiness is a wet dog

So, my wife and I are dogsitting for our “grand dog,” while my daughter and son-in-law are on a vacation in New York City. We see the dog (Heidi, a miniature black schnauzer) regularly, since we drop by their house every evening and take Heidi with us on our daily walk.  She’s a sweet, well-behaved, and incredibly well-trained dog. Living …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Communication, Pleasure, Relationships

Life is good. Huh?

So, the buckle on my good leather briefcase broke, and while it’s getting fixed I’ve been using another smaller case I purchased from a Life Is Good store in the Chicago Midway airport. It’s actually an over-the-shoulder messenger bag, so when I’m walking around with it the bag hangs behind me. I’ve been having lots of people say to me, …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness

Gross National Happiness

I heard the other day about Bhutan’s new (young) king being crowned, and how his 52-year old father (my age, how funny!) had abdicated the throne and put his son on it in order to aid the country’s transition to a new age.  The king emeritus (or whatever they call him, now) created the concept of Gross National Happiness as …

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

Email and Happiness

Email and Happiness. Hmmm. More like Email VERSUS Happiness. From where I sit today, I don’t see these two as being compatible. No matter how doggedly I seek to clear my Inbox, more messages flow in.  I often feel like I’m battling the mythical Hydra — each time I cut off a head, two more grow in it’s place. One …

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Read more articles like this one in: Practicing Happiness

Do you see yourself in others?

My oldest son attended the University of Notre Dame.  Justin was a true fan (as in “fanatic”) of Fighting Irish football.  He lived and died by their win/loss record, hosted a weekly campus radio show on the subject, and even dyed his hair kelly green one semester.  He dressed as a (6-foot tall) leprechaun for every home game, and in …

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Read more articles like this one in: Relationships

Happiness is a New President

The party’s over, boys and girls.  Now, the real work begins. You’ve got 77 days to come up with a plan to save the world.  For real. Don’t try to make everybody happy.  Just do the right thing.  Please. Use your new powers for the greatest good. That will make me very happy.

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Read more articles like this one in: Happiness

Happiness Starts With You

A reflection for Election Day: When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried …

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Happiness is Making History

I’m so sick of election stuff, stuff, stuff; and I’m sure you are, too.  Yet please indulge me for two more days. No matter who wins tomorrow, we will make History — either way, we will have placed someone other than a white male in one of the top two posts of the land, and after 232 years of history, …

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Read more articles like this one in: Meaning, Pleasure

Jim’s coaching clients say …

Jim, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your guidance, understanding, patience and smiles. I now have the excitement of watching the world around me and totally enjoying the sights and sounds. My responses amaze me. All of it revolves around me and within me. I approach life with the relaxation and joy you’ve given me. Thanks is such a small word. The strength you’ve given me is in the mental and physical exercises that you provided. Having them is my personal arsenal for happiness.… Read more
Deb Timko, Director of Project Quality, AG Interactive

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

You are such a good person and I want you to know that you are very appreciated. Everyone enjoyed the morning with you, and your message is always well received. Thanks so much for giving of your time and helping people learn the secrets of happiness.
Bonnie Dick, Career Counselor

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 …

Fabulous, simply fabulous.
Grace Goodman, Attorney

Jim’s clients say …

The Team Perspective: “I want to thank you again for your work. Our manager took your sessions very seriously and was able to effectively apply what she learned. The great thing about what you do is that it not only applies to work, but more importantly to life. And in watching her transform, and her willingness to share her learnings with us, we were able to both directly and indirectly benefit from your guidance. You should be proud of yourself, as your influence may be but a drop in a buck… Read more
DJ, technical staff member reflecting on the outcome of his manager’s coaching experience