Strategies for Personal Change

Give Yourself a Break: 13 Tips For Self-Care

Exercise: Raise your hand if you’ve recently engaged in any of the following activities: Called someone a moron, a jerk, or an idiot? Screamed at someone for being stupid? Looked at someone and said, “I can’t stand the sight of you!”? Pushed someone down then kicked them over and over and over? What’s that, you say? You never treat people that way? …

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25 Simple Ways to Have More Fun, Right Now

A friend of ours, Dr. Mary, is a General Practitioner who has patients of all ages and life stages in her medical practice. Mary recently shared stories about some elderly patients who inspire her, like the 99-year old who still drives to appointments or the 80-something great-grandma who just completed a marathon. These are people who, despite age and sometimes disability, …

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Ten Practices for Gratitude

Gratitude (grat-i-tood), noun: the quality of being warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankfulness. Gratitude is the most powerful of all the positive emotions, forming a solid foundation for experiencing more happiness, optimism, hope, and joy. Practiced regularly, gratitude shapes your worldview toward noticing abundance versus scarcity, since it focuses on what you Have versus what you Lack. When you …

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Watch Your Language

So, I’m sitting in a Starbucks working on my computer, surrounded by conversations. I am not a snoop by nature, but when surrounded by Loud Talkers, I can’t help but hear. On my right sit two women coming from a class they take together once a week. “This is the only time we get to see each other!” they explain …

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Four Factors that Increase Happiness

“What causes Happiness, Jim?” Someone recently posed this question at the end of my presentation on Happiness. Hmm. I paused a moment before I responded. Well, I began… I’m afraid I may disappoint you because my answer to that question is: Nothing. Nothing can ’cause’ happiness to occur for us. Happiness is a response, for sure, but it comes from within, not outside …

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Searching For Happiness: 10 Tips For Your Trip

Picture this: I am on vacation in Costa Rica. I sit in the shade on a mountainside patio with a spectacular view of greening hills, the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, and two far-off volcano peaks wreathed in white clouds that lay soft against the crystal blue sky. A gentle breeze whispers through the gardens, while butterflies and …

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Fake It Till You Make It

My commitment to my profession requires that I participate in ongoing coach training to receive Continuing Education Units. I recently attended a program on affirmations that was clever and well done, but focused exclusively on language as a vehicle for personal change. In my assessment, that is insufficient; for words that are not grounded in action change little. We Must …

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Create New “Stories”

Think about the person you are today. Where did you come from? Physically, of course, you’re a genetic mix of your birth parents’ traits; personality-wise, you’re a product of both those geneticsand the environment in which you were raised. Fortunately, we humans are skilled at rapidly assimilating everything that happens around us. Unfortunately, we humans are skilled at absorbing everything that happens around us – …

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Are You Caught in an Emotional Web?

Do you ever feel like you’re “stuck” in a situation or mindset? When you get stuck it is often because you are off balance in one of the five domains in which you exist as a human being: Intellectual, Emotional, Physical, Spiritual, or Interpersonal. Intellectual – Human beings are the only species on the planet that can Time Travel. How often do …

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75 Ways To Be Happier

Let go of feeling guilty about something Make a date with yourself to do something you enjoy Smile Learn something new For an entire day, respond to all news from others with “That’s wonderful!” Empty your closet of everything that does not make you feel beautiful Look at a problem from a perspective other than your own Make a Joy …

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