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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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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Happiness and the Economy

In early December, the American Psychological Association reported that 80% of Americans feel stressed by the economy, 60% feel angry about it, and 52% are having trouble sleeping (see CNN article, here). Yikes! Sleep-deprived, angry, stressed out… these are not descriptors normally associated with happiness, are they?!  The sad thing about this reality is how many people believe they can’t …

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Be In Joy

What is Joy?  Why do we seek it?  This short essay addresses the nature of joy, the different faces of joy, and the benefits of living in in that emotional state: ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Be in Joy Joy is the elixir for all things. Bring more joy into your tasks. When you radiate a vibration of joy, however mild, there is a …

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Life Includes Death

I learned just minutes ago that a good friend died yesterday. She was over a decade younger than me, and we had little in common except for our very broad and eclectic interests, an intense interest in curiosity about how people behave and a shared sense of (very dry) humor.  And that was enough. I first met Melissa in 1996, …

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Happiness and New Beginnings

I’m not a big believer in New Year’s Resolutions.  Most people fail at them within a few weeks.  So then they give up… until next year. But hold on!  Maybe there’s a better way to approach self-improvement, one goal at a time. The start of the new year, in my opinion, just one occasion for creating change.  Think about how …

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Happiness is Colored Socks

Today, I celebrate colored socks. Two months ago I offered my newsletter readers 13 ideas for changing the world, starting with themselves.  One of those ideas (and the one most often commented on) was, “Wear Colored Socks (or something that adds a splash of color, flamboyant, or “wild” to your wardrobe).  The concept is that colored socks start conversations, can …

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