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Everyday Happiness

Strategies for Personal Change Series

Leadership and Workplace

Happiness Principles

Annual Planning Kits

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Happiness is in the air

It was a spectacular Labor Day weekend here in Cleveland.  The temperatures were moderate, the sky was clear and blue, and the sun shone on us for three straight days.  Thus, everywhere I drove it was with the windows down and the music upbeat.  What a wonderful long weekend to say goodbye to the summer of 2008! I had to …

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Read more articles like this one in: Happiness, Pleasure

Happiness is a hot shower

Yesterday I went to the gym feeling particularly well-rested.  So while I was on the treadmill, I threw in some sprints — one-minute bursts at 8 or 9 miles per hour.  Oooh, that felt great.  Then I went to the weight bench, and instead of working with 10 and 20 pound dumbells, my usual range, I went with 15 and …

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Happiness and The Joker

Well, it’s official — THE blockbuster movie of Summer 2008 is The Dark Knight, the new Batman installment starring Heath Ledger as the nihilistic bad guy, the Joker. I finally went to see it on Friday evening. I don’t evaluate movies based on their Academy Award potential. My standards are: did I have a good time?, and will I recommend …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness

You can manage your stress

While researching stress management I came across a lovely little online, self-study course on stress. The class consists of ~20 short lessons linked sequentially. Some of the topics are: What is stress?, good and bad stress, tools for relieving stress, and long-term stress strategies. You’ll find the course at It appears to have been written by a West Virginia-based …

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Sometimes you just have to make the decision to be happy

In my year-long quest to see all of the movies nominated for Oscars from last year, I finally picked up Away From Her, with Julie Christie in an absolutely brilliant performance as a woman literally melting away from her life as the linkages in her brain come apart — while her husband, Grant, struggles with the fact that the woman …

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Who am I to be happy?

Truly, have you ever asked yourself that question?
This modest blog will seek to provide answers to that question, several times each week. I’m a Professional Certified Coach with a grounding in positive psychology, emotional competency, and working with the body. I believe that what happens for us in our life comes from a combination of what we think, how we manage our emotions, and how we hold ourselves in the world.
Have you ever heard the concept: “my thoughts create my feelings, and my feelings create me behavior, and my behavior determines by outcomes?” Well, I hold it to be true. Something happens, and I interpret that event (maybe tell myself a story about it). The event is just neutral… but my story puts all sorts of meaning to what happened (ooh, he was out to embarrass me. She did that on purpose. I knew it, they’re all out to get me. I doesn’t matter what I do, I’m always screwing up.)
My “story” gets me all emotional, and from that emotional space, i take action. Not always the best action, but hey, emotions aren’t rational!
What I do is teach people practices that can help them INTENTIONALLY shift their response to stories and emotions, so that they get the results they WANT instead of the results that don’t work for them.
Stay tuned. This is just my introduction!
In happiness, Jim Smith, The Executive Happiness Coach®

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Jim’s coaching clients say …

As my coach, you push me to reach beyond what I think or know myself capable of. You challenge me to explore new concepts and discover my world and my self from a whole new perspective. You precipitate dynamic action and purposeful response. I never know what will emerge as we move along with our conversation and inquiry, but it is always fascinating and ‘growth-inducing.’ Thank you for touching my heart and mind, for challenging me to move beyond what I think is possible and for supporting … Read more
Elaine E, Healthcare Manager

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

Thank you so much for the motivational and inspiring session at the HR Conference. I left feeling very good about life.
Cindy DeVito

Jim’s mentor coaching clients say …

The value that you are adding to my learning is perhaps one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced as a student. Thank you for coaching me and allowing me to observe the forest! You brought my emotions and my body to coaching, which opened the door for a real transformation and to embody ontological coaching! In my development plan I went through each competency and realized that you left a fingerprint in a journey that I hope will lead me to mastery. Thanks for being my excellent mentor co… Read more
Orit Ramler Szulik, North Carolina, USA

Jim’s clients on happiness …

I truly look forward to our chats. You have helped me more than anyone ever has and I know that you really care about my mental health and happiness.
Margaret Carlin, Executive Program Director

Jim’s clients say …

It was great to hear your message this morning. I found it very valuable personally, very encouraging. You are so good at reminding us all that we are simply human and it’s okay to accept that and go forward in joy! Many thanks, and may your work prosper for the good of all!
Kim, HR conference attendee