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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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Jim’s coaching clients say …

Your ability to listen is your most obvious strength. Your ability to think on your feet is second and your ability to vary our methods on a moment’s notice is a close third. Practicing what you “preach” is huge! Your Facebook posts, your monthly newsletter, your blog. They all show a consistent message all of the time. Happiness is a choice. Happiness is a decision. Happiness is intentional. You are real and alive in what you write, in what you share. It resonates with people because it’s yo… Read more
Lisa Boise, HR & Administrative Services Manager, Financial Services

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

Your ‘Powerful Questions … Powerful Results’ presentation energized our entire group! Your approach and content have given my team a context for the importance of coaching as well as a practical guide for how to coach. Your fun and open style engaged the group and took the concept of coaching from nebulous and slightly scary to actionable and fun. Our nearly 100 attendees were positively percolating with excitement about coaching. Amazing!
Trina Evans, Executive Vice President & Director, Call Center Services, KeyBank

Jim’s mentor coaching clients say …

You make others better for who you are. And you do so by example and ontology.
Bill Carrier, Carrier Coaching, Virginia, 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 …

Your ‘Powerful Questions … Powerful Results’ presentation energized our entire group! Your approach and content have given my team a context for the importance of coaching as well as a practical guide for how to coach. Your fun and open style engaged the group and took the concept of coaching from nebulous and slightly scary to actionable and fun. Our nearly 100 attendees were positively percolating with excitement about coaching. Amazing!
Trina Evans, Executive Vice President & Director, Call Center Services, KeyBank