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Practicing Gratitude For Happiness…

Quite frequently gratitude is touted as the magic elixir, the invisible force field that will keep all of life's ills away.  There's an entire industry built on — "If you were more grateful, you wouldn't be poor!"  (By the way, the same goes for being positive.)  But since I've met a number of people who have been quite wealthy and …

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Smile Power…

Ever notice that people respond differently when you smile?  Well, research has proven that there is power in the simple smile.  Whether it's personal or business — a genuine smile — can bring cohesion and unity.  (The operative word there being "genuine.") For more info, check out this article from the archives of The Guardian Newspaper and this video from the recent TED …

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Seeing when you are disempowering yourself…

The biggest drawback to accomplishing your goals is to discover your default emotional reactions to external stimuli. We all have them and — unfortunately — we usually recognize other people's before we see our own. We say, "He always becomes angry when that happens, you'd think he would know better by now." Or, "She did the same exact thing she …

Changing the way I approach challenges…

I was just thinking a few weeks ago that most of us tend to view difficult things in life as "How do I remove this 'thing' from my horizon?" Kind of like when we meet someone who for some reason annoys us — we immediately turn off and move into "get away from me" mode. And I think, we have …

Decision Making

Are you at a crossroads, needing to make a decision, but not seeming to be able to make the decision? Maybe you're looking "to be saved" or "to be given an answer"? It doesn't really work like that. If your goal is to be a more confident, powerful person, then "being saved' doesn't really fit into that schema. You have …

Using stress as a motivator…

I was taking The Living to 100 Healthspan Calculator the other day and a question on stress had me take a moment and reflect. The question was, "How do you usually cope with your stress?" The selections proceeded, but the answer that had me transfixed was "Very well! It helps me to get motivated." I had to think "Who are …