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Everyday Happiness

Strategies for Personal Change Series

Leadership and Workplace

Happiness Principles

Annual Planning Kits

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Vote. Just VOTE!

I truly believe this is the most important Presidential election that has occurred in my lifetime (since 1956, then). I don’t know who will win… and frankly, both candidates have enough pros and cons going for them that I don’t believe we can mess up too badly either way, and in any case neither is capable of solving ALL (if …

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Read more articles like this one in: Practicing Happiness

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  In order to keep from slipping into the black hole of depression about our financial situation, I’ve withdrawn a bit.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

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