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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 http://www.mtstcil.org/skills/stress-intro.html. It appears to have been written by a West Virginia-based …

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Read more articles like this one in: Practicing Happiness

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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Read more articles like this one in: Happiness

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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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness

Jim’s coaching clients say …

The things I like best about coaching with Jim? Your compassion, honesty and depth of knowledge.
Beth Lukco, Marketing Director

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

Prior to attending Friday’s conference I had been EXTREMELY stressed and realized I needed help. So, I took your advice. I have been getting up at 5:30 am, meditating (or at least trying – really concentrating on trying to breathe), then reading some of your book. At night before I go to bed, I have been writing my three things I’m thankful for and why. Well, Sunday morning I followed my new ritual and my daughter said to me in the morning – ‘Mommy, you’re so happy.’ Oh my gosh, what a statement…
Jane A. Barnett, PHR, Manager, On-Premise

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…
Lisa Spiro, Leadership Coach, Hong Kong and London

Jim’s clients on happiness …

I really feel I’m in a better place than when we started this process. My head and my emotions are more grounded, and I feel I’m on top of the situation.
A.C., Division HR Director for a Fortune 500 services firm

Jim’s clients say …

I wish I was offered your coaching early in my career – I now know what I have missed 😉 Financially you are worth 50% of my yearly salary. I need the rest to pay bills. 😉
D.T., Project Manager at a Fortune 500 firm