This is a Great Time to be a Consumer… with Cash

–>While shopping for some gifts on a budget, my daughter came across incredible deals at a high-end store.  She came home with two gorgeous messenger bags orginally priced at $75, marked down, and down again, then then unloaded for $10 each. –>Several regional auto dealers are offering a BOGO –Buy One, Get One free.  This is a sales strategy I’m …

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Happiness is Being True to Who You Are

One of the other speakers at the Singapore HR Summit was Ngahi Bidois, who calls himself a New Age Maori Warrior.  Ngahi — his full name is , Ngahihi o te ra Bidois, which means Rays of the Sun —  is from New Zealand. 20 years ago Ngahi was a college-educated, high-flying, young executive-in-training with a major multinational firm, married …

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The Secret to Living Longer

Last weekend I delivered my “Five Prescriptions for Happiness” talk at the annual Reunion Weekend for the Baldwin Wallace College chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta.  Most of the attendees were current students or recent graduates; there were also a few tables of alumnae with babies in strollers; and a smattering of alums my age. The Sunday afternoon event capped a …

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Nothing is Good or Bad

“…there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Hamlet, Act II Scene 2 This quote from Shakespeare is one of my all-time favorites… and defines a foundational element of my coaching practice and life philosophy. Events are just events.  Stuff happens.  That’s it. THEN…we create a story to explain that event.  In our “story” we interpret …

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The Choices You Choose

Michael J Fox has been in the media a lot.  He’s written a new book and is doing a promotional tour.  You may recall that he walked away from acting many years ago when he went public with his battle with early-onset Parkinson’s disease.  He’s since become an activist for stem-cell research into neurological disorders. I saw his interview with …

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Happiness is Standing On My Head

I finally did it!  After months of  practice and preparation, I finally managed to execute a full headstand! OK, I could only hold it for a few seconds, but this was HUGE for me.  I’ve had to overcome my fear of falling as well as the “story” I told myself about how I “can’t” balance upside down. Yoga = Union …

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Change Starts With You

“If you start waiting for other people to stop being stupid, it will take too long.“ ~Raskilnikov, in the play Crime and Punishment Isn’t that just the greatest quote?  Raskilnikov utters this line near the end of the play, shortly before he breaks down and confesses his crime. He holds a theory that some men are “extraordinary” and are thus …

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We Might As Well Dance

Someone sent me this lovely poem and I so want to pass it on.  A fabulous Thought for the Day: Life is short. Break the rules.  Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly.  Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that made you smile. Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, we might as well… …

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Employee Happiness Kit

<<Oh, this was too precious to pass up!  Jim>> Memo from Management: All employees will be required to look happy while at work. Here is the new low cost, company approved solution to cope with multiple priorities and assignments! Each employee will be supplied 2 paper clips and rubber bands. (See Fig 1.) Fig 1. Assemble items as shown in …

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Advice for Happier Performance Appraisals

This is a busy season for Performance Appraisal (PA) discussions, and this topic’s come up with several clients recently.  Anxiety seems to be the most common emotion associated with PAs, both on the part of the receiver and the writer/manager. A little anxiety running up to the conversation can be helpful  — it will keep you alert and engaged during …

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