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Act Happy Week, Day 4: Act Like an Optimist

The focus of Act Happy Week is to educate the public about purposeful actions you can take to create chemical shifts in your body that drive Positive Emotions. Here is today’s exercise: Day 4: Act Like an Optimist Pessimists look to the future and expect things to go wrong, while Optimists look to the future and expect things to go …

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Read more articles like this one in: Everyday Happiness, Happiness, Happiness Tips, In the workplace, Leadership, Practicing Happiness

Act Happy Week, Day 3: Perform an Act of Kindness

The focus of Act Happy Week is to educate the public about purposeful actions you can take to create chemical shifts in your body that drive Positive Emotions. Here is today’s exercise: Day 3: Perform an Act of Kindness Have you ever dropped a dollar in a charity bucket and noticed how good you felt about yourself as you did …

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Read more articles like this one in: Everyday Happiness, Happiness, Happiness Tips, In the workplace, Leadership, Practicing Happiness

Act Happy Week, Day 2: Practice Gratitude

The focus of Act Happy Week is to educate the public about purposeful actions you can take to create chemical shifts in your body that drive Positive Emotions. Here is today’s exercise: Day 2: Practice Gratitude To build strength in your Positive Emotion “muscles” you must exercise them regularly. Just as you must run to become a better runner, you …

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Act Happy Week, Day 1: Smile On Purpose

The focus of Act Happy Week is to educate the public about purposeful actions you can take to create chemical shifts in your body that drive Positive Emotions. Here is today’s exercise: Day 1: Smile On Purpose Smiling initiates a complex shift of muscles, breath, and body chemistry (you release endorphins!) that creates a more positive mood. Plus, what you …

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Read more articles like this one in: Happiness, Happiness Tips, In the workplace, Leadership, Practicing Happiness

The 13 Principles of Happiness, Redux

A few weeks ago I delivered one of my core talks, “Five Prescriptions for Living and Leading in a Turbulent World” to an enthusiastic audience. One of the participants approached me after the program to say, “Jim, I’ve been a subscriber for over a year, and I’ve never read anything about these 13 Principles of Happiness that you refer to …

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Read more articles like this one in: Everyday Happiness, Happiness, Happiness Tips, Practicing Happiness

How to Stop a Sneeze and Improve Your Life

Part One: Learn to Sneeze Several weeks ago the muscles in my lower back staged a revolt, making it impossible to sit, stand, walk, or lie down without enormous pain. Every time I’m just about over it, something simple trips the spasms again and I’m back to hobbling — one time it was putting on a sock; another time I …

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Read more articles like this one in: Everyday Happiness, Happiness, Health

Awaken Your Own Force: 9 Ways Happiness and The Force are One

Today is the day. No movie in filmmaking history has pre-sold as many tickets as have been purchased already for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Millions of people committed to experience a movie about which they know practically nothing: the plot is a mystery, most of the actors are unknowns, and it all takes place a long time …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Executive Coaching, Practicing Happiness, Relationships

Why Is It So Important To Start With Gratitude?

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? We’ve puzzled this question for hundreds of years, and many are still divided on the best answer. But when speaking of the Positive Emotions family, Happiness vs. Gratitude, there is no debate about which comes first: Gratitude. Gratitude To build a House of Happiness, you must first lay a foundation of Gratitude. …

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How Can You Improve Workplace Culture?

Photo Credit: Startup Stock Photos Culture is defined in many ways: it’s the stories we tell about ourselves, it’s the way we treat each other and customers, and it’s often described as “the way we do things around here.” One of the core differences between bad/mediocre cultures and really good ones is the attention that gets paid to culture. If …

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Read more articles like this one in: In the workplace, Leadership

What is Coaching? In two minutes

I get this question often: What is Coaching?  Over my years in the profession the answer has gotten easier, as more people understand coaching as a service provided by trained professionals. There are 50,ooo+ coaches in the world and that number is growing fast; yet the definition of coaching is becoming better defined every day, as more people experience the …

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Read more articles like this one in: Executive Coaching