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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My Summer Reading

I don’t create a huge summer reading list any more.  but people still ask.  So as I’m making my selections, I’m sharing.  Here are some books I’m reading while on the beach this year: For personal transformation, Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown.  Everyone who has read this insists I will love it — about being vulnerable and showing up powerfully in the world. …

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We will destroy it with our lasers…

So I was checking out my Klout score today — having received an upbeat message about how I’m showing so much IMPROVEMENT since I signed up for my account.  Go, me! — and the site froze.  This was their error message: I laughed out loud for several minutes.  I am ever so grateful to the techno-nerd who came up with …

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Ah, If Only Life Were This Simple

Do you remember learning to tie your shoes?  Put on pants?  Button a shirt? Neither do I, but last evening I was reminded of the experience.  I had the pleasure of giving my three-year-old grandson his bath.  After I dried him off, he escaped and ran naked into his room, all excited — he has a new set of pajamas! …

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Sometimes an Obstacle is a Gift

Cheryl and I celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary this month, and for many years we’ve promised ourselves a Big Trip to celebrate. We were into our second month of planning when a family event got scheduled on top of our travel dates. We were at first irritated that it cut into our vacation time. We decided to embrace the shorter time …

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How Do You Manage Your Rabbits?

I am a gardener. My kids got me started years ago with a few tomato and pepper plants in a small strip of ground; we have evolved to large raised beds that generate hundreds of pounds of produce annually. Over time we have battled flooding (thus the raised beds), drought (we now have a watering system), overhanging trees (call an arborist), …

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Every Story Can Have a Happy Ending – Even Yours!

The root of human suffering lies in our inability to know the difference between an assessment and an assertion. ~Byron Katie, Loving What Is If you’ve ever taken a personality assessment (like MBTI, DiSC, or a host of others) you know that for all the uniqueness of the 6 Billion people on earth, we all resonate with one of about …

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Play that Happy Music!

One of my mantras is that you — and you alone — are responsible for your own happiness, that it is your decision.  And if no one else can “make” you happy, it stands to reason that you cannot make other people happy either.  Right?   Well, sort of.  Just because you can’t make someone dance doesn’t mean you can’t …

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Nine Simple Strategies for Happiness

If you are totally organized and always know what you need to do next, always have control of your tasks, and always correctly forecast how long something will take… I am insanely jealous of your skillset. Starting last October, even as I started to declare 2013 as my Year of Happiness (my 15th anniversary in business, etc), I began a …

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What's In Your Dusty Corners?

My ambition for this post is to share highlights from a year of Learning. So I sat down to review a year of writing and journaling, seeking the Big Wisdom of 2012. Yet that’s not how wisdom emerges. It’s not a lightning strike. It’s more like the accumulation of dust. Tiny particles of learning and experience slowly settle on the …

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