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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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Job Hunting Tips for Older Workers…

Looking for a job in a recession is difficult.  Looking for one when you're "over the hill" (i.e. over 40) can be almost impossible and cause immense life stress.  Having helped a number of clients in career transition, I know that at a minimum a job search is dismaying, and when it is going badly, can lead to despair, depression and apathy. The …

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Quick Tips For Less Stress

Sometimes, irregardless of our intentions, we end up becoming stressed out through the day-to-day aspects of life.  Here's a few stress busting hints to assist in navigating those rocky days… 1.  Don't think multi-task, don't think organize, think simplify!  Multi-tasking is considerably overrated.  And we can spend hours "getting organized" and creating "our plan."  But in the end, it all …

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100% Organic

From Nation of Change comes this interesting article on the little Himalayan nation of Bhutan.  In addition to monitoring its citizen's happiness level, it is now headed to become the first completely organic nation in the world.  Wow!  That's a goal and a half!  It will be fascinating to see how the government and the citizens handle that transition and …

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Location, Location, Location…

Not too long ago, The New York Times ran an article on the recently recognized phenomenon of "relocation therapy."  It's an interesting idea and so from a coaching perspective, it seemed like a great topic to chime in on. If you didn't see The Times article, then what exactly is relocation therapy?  It's a recent trend real estate professionals have been seeing where people are moving not …

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Walking into the desert…

My thought yesterday was that we all are making the journey of life like settlers crossing the nation with a wagon train filled with what we think we need — friends, family, relatives, past, present, future, memories, angers, pains, scars, physical stuff, etc. And at every step of the journey — about every 20 minutes — we come into a …

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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 …